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Does Anyone Who Develops New Products In Hollywood Ask 'Would I Ever Actually Use This?'

from the you-do-what-to-do-what-now? dept

For all the lip service the MPAA has been paying to the claim that it loves tech innovations and wants to work with the tech industry to build cool things, why is it that every new "innovation" the industry comes up with only seems to make life complicated for people in ways that make no sense at all? For example, we recently talked about Warner Bros. ridiculous disc-to-digital offering in which people who want a digital version of movies they have on DVD can drive to a store where someone will rip the movie for them. In a world where the ability to rip your DVDs in the comfort of your own home is commonplace, that makes no sense at all.

I think we can add to this "huh?" discussion: the new effort from Fox, in which the studio will be putting up giant murals in malls to try to make it "easier" for you to buy DVDs. Here's how it works according to Deadline.com:
As part of an exclusive one-year partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the malls will have a wall with cover art and QR codes for many the studio’s home videos. People who want to buy the movie or TV show can download a smartphone app called Fox Movie Mall, available for both iPhones and Android devices. It will enable them to scan an image and go directly to a Web site to complete the purchase for a DVD or Blu-ray disc shipped free to their home.
So, yeah. You go to a mall (physical) and download a special app (digital) which you then use to scan a silly QR code (digital) to be sent to a website (digital) to order a DVD (physical) to be shipped to your home (physical). There are a bunch of ridiculous extra steps here and I can't figure out how any of this makes sense. If you have people in a mall already and you're trying to get people to buy physical product, why not just let them scan and pick up the physical product? If you're focusing on the digital components, why require a specialized app that no one's going to want to download, and then not offer a digital version of the film?

Fox execs claim that they expect this new effort "to reach as many 60 million people over the next four months with the mall wallscapes." I guess that depends on your interpretation of "reach." If you mean 60 million people may walk by and ignore these murals, perhaps that's true. Though that suggests Fox must be spending a ridiculous amount of money to get these murals pretty much everywhere. If you mean that 60 million people will actually pay any attention at all to this convoluted system to buy an obsolete product fewer and fewer people actually want, well, then someone's done a miscalculation somewhere.

Seriously: how hard is it for folks in Hollywood to ask this simple question: "Would I ever use this product that I'm developing?" If the answer is "not in a million years" perhaps it's time to move on to building products that consumers actually want.


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    Jay (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 12:08pm

    Frustration 9001

    The part that should really infuriate people? I'm pretty sure that whatever money is lost on this ridiculous scheme will be received in tax savings for the business. So they will complain aboutabout consumers not wanting to deal with this money scam, but them not learn about what the market actually wants.

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 12:52pm

    It might be time to invent a new phrase: QR hacking. Simply cause a commotion at one end of the mall. Then when all the security is busy over there, paste up a slight "modification" to the QR code. What fun!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

    'why is it that every new "innovation" the industry comes up with only seems to make life complicated'

    more to the point why is it that whenever anyone else thinks of an innovative idea, the industries stop it dead, even though they could make money as well?

    this 'mall' thing not only shows the stupid mentality of the industries execs, it also shows how much money they have to waste. and they continually moan about 'making no money! the industries are dying'! what bollocks!

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:00pm

    And if it fails they will blame piracy.

     

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    Tim K (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:00pm

    I thought everyone went to the mall to do their online shopping?

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:00pm

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    I can only imagine the hilarity that will ensue. In fact, I kind of fear what some people might link to when doing that. There is scary disturbing potential beyond the Rick Roll.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:02pm

    Mike, clearly you don't work in marketing (which is why CwF+RtB turned into another Techdirt dead end).

    The idea is that people often do go to physical stores, see something, and decide to buy it online (or worse, pirate it online). Getting them an app in their hands that allows them to scan and go, possibly bypassing ALL of the distribution channels and go right back to the distributor seems like a win. I would bet you that the QR codes have individual tracking back to the stores, allowing them to profit for showing them.

    It's a pretty neat solution - it puts them in direct contact with their customers, gives them a way to talk directly with them, and allows them to fulfill their desires for product quickly.

    Too bad you just don't get it - like so many things, it seems.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:02pm

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    Why do you need to cause a commotion? It's not like the mall or Fox are going to hire security guards just to watch the "murals" - just walk by with some black or white stickers and place them nonchalantly as they walk by.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

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    Already done. I read the other day about people doing exactly that, completely with a photo of a few Anonymous replacing a QR code in a subway station. I just can't remember the term they used for that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:04pm

    Copyright Industry Mentality -- A Brief Summary

    I came across the following in Eric Flint et. al.'s new novel 1636: The Kremlin Games.

    The man might be an up-timer in his origins, but he thought like a nobleman.Lowry believed, deep inside, that he deserved more and better than anyone else.


    That's the MPAA, the RIAA, most book publishers and every collection society on the planet in a nutshell.

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:07pm

    Re: Online Mall IRL...?

    Well, yeah. You can peruse the latest games and decide which ones to download.

    ;-P

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:08pm

    Re: Re:

    Found it in my browser's history:

    QR Code switching

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:08pm

    Re: Re:

     

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    sehlat (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:08pm

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    Bypassing ALL of the distribution channels...

    But ... but ... brick and mortar!

     

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    Ima Fish (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    How can I sue for making my brain hurt so fricken much?!

     

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    Al Bert (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    i'm sure some morons would actually try it too

    I'm just waiting for their next 'legitimate alternative' to actually involve physical hoops.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Re:

    It's why I find Mike's attitude here to be snarky. The studios are working to shorten the cycle, to make digital downloads and online ordering easier to do, and to "control the experience" as it were. Instead, all he can do it pick.

    Admit it Mike, you just want them to fail. Even if they take all of your advice 100%, you would still want them to fail.

    It's a crappy attitude.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    I'm pretty sure there's already a place in the mall where I can buy dvds.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:13pm

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    Best troll ever? Ok, I'll feed ya some nibbles...

    Getting them an app in their hands that allows them to scan and go, possibly bypassing ALL of the distribution channels and go right back to the distributor seems like a win.

    Ok, so what's in it for the customer that makes their life better? There are plenty of ways today that someone can see something in a store and buy it from Amazon or their favorite online store. This works anywhere for anything.

    Now they have to walk up to a special wall, scan for something they want and use a dedicated app they have to get (assuming they remember to download it). And get it shipped from who knows where and how long?

    The latter part of what I quoted shows how it might be better for that distributor. But, doing things that's good for yourself isn't a way to get customers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    Re:

    So, let me get this straight.

    A hypothetical customer goes to the mall, presumably not specifically to buy a DVD. This customer is on the way to buy clothing or books or jewelry or grab lunch when they see an advertisement for a bunch of DVDs.

    At that instant, they decide on impulse they want to buy one or more of the DVDs. Then they pull out their smartphone. Then they download an app. Then they scan a code. Then they are directed to a website. Then they complete/confirm the purchase. Then they wait days for a physical DVD to be shipped to their address.

    Sounds great.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

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    You really have no idea what "shorten the cycle" means.

     

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    Suja (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    Seriously: how hard is it for folks in Hollywood to ask this simple question: "Would I ever use this product that I'm developing?" If the answer is "not in a million years" perhaps it's time to move on to building products that consumers actually want.


    Uhm the answer would always be "not in a million years" cause nobody at Hollywood has ever used a product of technology in a million years except their lackies and when it's for legislation.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    Re:

    If I'm deciding to buy it online (or pirate it) then I'm also deciding to look for the better price. Amazon doesn't require an additional app on my smartphone, nor any other service I buy from. I may look at their offer, but if I can get it from amazon cheaper, faster, or with better service (I already have Prime, so that's a big factor) then why bother with this extra service?

     

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Crappy Tude

    Yeah, nobody thinks it's funny when you make fun of retards!!

     

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    Suja (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    Re:

    I'd like apply for this lawsuit aswell, the MAFIAA owes me trillions of dollars in lost braincells.

     

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    Yakko Warner (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    Other uses for that question

    Perhaps before (re-re-re-)making a movie, they could ask themselves, "Would I ever actually watch this?"

    If the answer is "not in a million years" perhaps it's time to move on to filming movies that consumers actually want.

     

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    Ima Fish (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:16pm

    This made me think of the asinine way Sony sold DRM-free music tracks.
    Speaking of Sony BMG, the music label confirmed today that it is, indeed, planning to dip its toes into DRM-free waters, albeit via carefully-controlled experimentation. The label told USA Today that it will begin selling gift cards in select brick-and-mortar stores on January 15 for $12.99 that will be redeemable at its planned online music store, MusicPass. Through the “Platinum MusicPass” part of the service customers will be able to select from 37 albums available without DRM.

    So you had to drive to an actual store. Buy a card. Go back home. Sign up for the MusicPass service. And then choose between 37 albums you could buy. Or you could buy nearly any album you wanted free of DRM from Amazon or iTunes without ever leaving your house.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:17pm

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    And you want them to succeed.
    Although apparently you want them to succeed at failing.

    While this has clear advantages to the studios (if it could actually work) and if your imagined benefit to the store was true it might have some minor benefit to the retailer who isn't actually selling anything in this scenario it offers no advantages to the customers, which is what it would have to do to work.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:17pm

    "Other videos that will be part of the mall sales effort include X-Men: First Class, Alien, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Sons Of Anarchy, Rio, Gulliver’s Travels, and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules."

    All of these are one to two years old, if not more... at least offer new movies then with a direct download. That would've been innovative.

    Why would I get my phone out, down an app, scan a code, fill out my details, wait for mail... when the movie is lying right there in the $5 discount bin?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:18pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The studios are working to shorten the cycle, to make digital downloads and online ordering easier to do, and to "control the experience" as it were.

    I guess for trying the studios can get the Participation Trophy for showing up...

    The reason for the snarky-ness is because their "efforts" are more like a slap in the face to the consumers.

     

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    sehlat (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:18pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "control the experience"

    Could there be no crasser admission of what the studios want? control

    When I want to be controlled I'll tell the studios, preferably with an extended middle finger.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:19pm

    Re:

    Because if life gives you lemons, have a party!
    lemonparty.org

    Goats are fun and cute!
    goatse.info

    If you are about to click these, please for the love of god ask your technically minded friends why its a bad idea.

     

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    Al Bert (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:19pm

    maybe some people like wasting time

    Also: how many people compulsively scan QR codes? I don't even have a capable phone at the moment, but i wouldn't unpocket it to tediously visit some unknown website on my phone. That makes as much sense as visiting the URLS on my cereal boxes or random image links dumped to an IRC channel... using my old 133 MHz PowerBook.

     

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    Beta (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:20pm

    by their works ye shall know them

    This doesn't look like the work of a single individual trying to think up a good marketing campaign. This looks like

    1) Upper management comes up with a list of Forbidden Things, like digital versions of films delivered by wire, or promotional "content" put online where any grubby teen can link to it without paying.

    2) The corporate culture quietly assumes the false economy of waste (i.e. we payed millions for this steam engine, so we must use it instead of a diesel engine or else we'd have to count that money as a dead loss).

    3) A mandate comes down from on high: "think of a new way to sell things to the unrich; use what we already have, avoid Forbidden Things."

    4) Someone comes up with a combination of mall space, QR codes, physical signage, controlled apps, web site, online purchase, DVDs, Blu-ray, shipping.

    5) Several levels of management consider the idea, see that it can be pitched to the next level up. Final decision made by Senior Manager who hasn't set foot in a mall since 1983.

    6) Press release, launch, managers distance themselves from project (cleverest first). Scapegoats already selected but don't know it.

    7) quiet death (begins at launch + 3 days)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:21pm

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    Clever Sony, lots of points of potential or even likely failure which they can then blame on piracy.

    Pretty smart people, do you know that their reader store in the UK makes pretty much no money on account of not actually being available. This kind of thing doesn't just happen you know, it takes a lot of smart people and a lot of effort to find ways to not make money when people want your product.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:21pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Come on, even you can't be retarded enough to believe the crap you're saying here.

    Option 1: Drive to store, buy DVD, drive home, pop it into player, watch

    Option 2: Sign up for digital service or enter in payment info if it's a 1-time digital purchase, stream/download movie, watch

    Option 3: Have iPhone/Droid, download app, drive to mall, scan code, purchase on website, go home, wait for movie to be shipped to you (assuming no major processing time, 3-5 business days until it gets to you), pop it into player, watch

    Option 3, which is what's being pushed here, is actually longer than options 1 and 2 put together. This isn't making anything easier, this is just crap to make people think that digital is a hassle and they should stick to purchasing physical media, since you people can't figure out how to do it right Hint: it's option 2, as long as that service/place we need to enter our billing info is 1 place for EVERYTHING and isn't stupidly-priced.

    And while we're at it, option 2 doesn't involve partnering with a mall and can track customers just as well (if not better) than the crap you're pushing right now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:22pm

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    If you're trying to appeal to consumers so tech savy they have and regularly use devices that read QR codes and are comfortable with ordering products online while checking them out in a store why on earth would you offer to mail them a plastic disc? If you're trying to appeal to consumers who want plastic discs why not just sell them the plastic disc right there?

    I guess your theory that they're really trying to trick people into thinking they're getting one of 'dem online deal things!' does sound more like the way MPAA thinks though huh.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:22pm

    Re: Frustration 9001

    Your also missing that this will offer the movies at the price Fox wants to get, rather than the price the market will bear. I doubt the links will connect to Amazon or any other discounter.

    The only benefit I can see to these giant murals is it might actually remind people of that movie from 6 months ago people might have wanted to see.

     

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    Al Bert (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:23pm

    we all know how much they like exclusivity

    But this is platinum. It's exclusive! And if that's not enough, well uh.... PLATINUM!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:24pm

    Re: Re:

    You didn't know that impulse shopping works great when people have to wait nearly a week to get what they purchased?

     

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    Coward (Anon), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:24pm

    Walmart

    I suspect that the "take a DVD to the store" concept is what Walmart announced today. You bring in your DVD, pay them $5 and they give you a link to a digital copy in the cloud. I'm guessing having the DVD is just to show that you already bought the DVD. I see a business opportunity for sitting in the parking lot and renting out physical DVDs for 1 hour to be used to get $5 copies of movies you don't actually own. The kicker here is that the digital copy they give you isn't a digital copy but just a link to the ultraviolet service for that movie. So the digital copy will only play on whatever devices ultraviolet is choosing to support on that day (assuming the service is still up).

    Brain dead idea. Hope Walmart loses a fortune on this.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:24pm

    Re: Re:

    What's good for Fox is good for Amerika.
    Only communist kenyan muslims and their fellow travellers including the freetardskis would think otherwise

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:26pm

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    People who shop in stores and then buy online are doing it because it is cheaper online. Are you telling me a store is going to sell a movie at X and then have a wall outside where you can order the movie for less than X? Somehow this is going to help the physical store? Great, you managed to make this idea sound even stupider.

    But this next bit is just piles of stupid?
    "it puts them in direct contact with their customers"
    If by "them" you mean walls, because yes this puts walls in direct contact with customers

    "gives them a way to talk directly with them"
    A link that lets you order something online is talking? Do posters talk to you?

    "allows them to fulfill their desires for product quickly."
    Quicker then buying the physical copy from the store and going home with it? Or quicker than staying home and ordering a physical movie online? Or quicker than staying home and getting a digital movie online?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:26pm

    If we didn't have such an entitlement problem to expect good products and services for our money we'd think this is a great idea!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The studios are working to shorten the cycle
    No, they're not. They're working to keep the cycle the exact same, but appear to be "doing something". If they want to "shorten the cycle", they would just offer online downloads from home. There's nothing stopping them from doing this except their own stubborn refusal to actually shorten the cycle.
    to make digital downloads and online ordering easier to do
    Sorry - but what?!?!?! How on earth does driving to a physical location to scan a QR code, so that you can be mailed a DVD possibly make digital downloads easier?!?!?
    to "control the experience" as it were
    There you go - the purpose of this Fox fiasco has nothing to do with making it easier for the customer - it's all about maintaining control.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:27pm

    "The studio will offer discounts and goodies such as games, trailers, and additional clips for people who use the app."

    Good job Mike, skipping over the RtB part of the equation you're so often touting as necessary. At least they're trying.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:28pm

    Re:

    The idea is that people often do go to physical stores, see something, and decide to buy it online (or worse, pirate it online). Getting them an app in their hands that allows them to scan and go, possibly bypassing ALL of the distribution channels and go right back to the distributor seems like a win. I would bet you that the QR codes have individual tracking back to the stores, allowing them to profit for showing them..


    Yeah, note that they are at a physical store, looking at a physical product and then they check online and see that even with shipping, it's cheaper to buy online, so they do. If they are pirating as a result of this it's because either they can't purchase the item legally in their area; can't afford the high price; and\or they want to stick it RIAA\MPAA.

    None of these behaviors are altered by putting a mural up on a wall at a mall. (Not in a store, on one of the mall's blank walls.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:28pm

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    I like how the disclaimer came AFTER the links ;)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:29pm

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    The idea is that people often do go to physical stores, see something, and decide to buy it online


    Yeah, because the last thing anyone wants to do at a shopping center is actually buy things, amirite?

     

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    Torg (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:30pm

    Re: i'm sure some morons would actually try it too

    Each movie being sold will have its own hoop on display outside the store. Customers wishing to purchase a DVD will jump through the hoop, which will scan their identifying features, allowing it to charge their credit card and ship the movie to their permanent address without any hassle.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:31pm

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    Fox will be making a big push for Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked...

    RtB?

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:31pm

    So I wonder what happens when the stores in the mall who sell DVDs get wind of this.
    People who work in retail do get a bit annoyed with people who use their stores as Amazons showroom, but putting an Amazon kiosk in the mall would REALLY cross the line.

    The malls are now giving up real estate to someone paying much less for the same exposure. If the Fox offering isn't MSRP the brick and mortar store will be forced to lower their price to compete, because many consumers don't figure in shipping costs when shopping online.

     

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    Kenneth Michaels, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:32pm

    Re: Walmart

    And don't forget they keep the DVD, so you don't have that anymore.

     

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    Suja (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Other uses for that question

    You think they'd watch the tripe they make? Hell no, that's for the peasants.

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:34pm

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    If they see an ad for a DVD, why not pop into the DVD store to buy it there and then? Surely that would be easier.

    This is just a convoluted way of doing things and indicative of how the media industry thinks.

     

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    simple simon, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:35pm

    Better Idea...

    This gave me an idea for an awesome app and cuts out all of the middlemen. It will scan the QR code to see the movie and price, then instead of a "Buy Now" button, it will have a "Pirate Now" button and the movie will be waiting for you when you get home. Way easier. Thanks Hollywood.

     

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    E, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:35pm

    Will they put the movie on to a VHS tape for me? I am an analog sucker.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:36pm

    Re: Re:

    "Best troll ever?"

    The key part of being a good troll is actually upsetting someone or getting under their skin. Saying stupid shit so people tell you that you are stupid isn't really trolling. It is just looking like an idiot. Now if he gets people all worked up and covered in a fine nerdrage lather then he is a good troll. But you notice most people skip the insults and attacks he throws out and just point out how stupid the rest of it is.

    Looking stupid is half the battle, getting someone worked up is the key part.

    How come their are no good female NES heroines? Mario, Samus, Zelda all men.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    At least its there :)

    And they aren't links, just urls. They have to cut & paste not just click.

    I'm evil, but not THAT evil.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:38pm

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    You sir have a rectal inversion problem... Signed the web...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:40pm

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    Because the online price is $19.95, duh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:41pm

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    Looks like someone never bothered to finish Metroid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:42pm

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    Yeah but this way involves a wall, don't you hate those mall store clerks? Now you don't have to deal with them, in exchange for paying more and waiting a week to see your movie.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    to make digital downloads and online ordering easier to do


    Because it was so hard before? No, this isn't about making this easier to do -- it can't possibly be much easier than it already is.

    This is about control, pure and simple, and the ability to sell an inferior (DRM'd) product for an inflated price.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Re: Online Mall IRL...?

    Yup, so much easier than perusing the gaming and review sites.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:45pm

    This plan totally makes sense in Hollywood...

    you have to remember they refuse to embrace new technologies.
    Look how long it took them to love the VCR.

    The really considered up until about 2000 that the internet was just a fad that was going to go away. Then they made websites what would have made even the most diehard GeoCities fan weep.

    If you look at what they are doing with a minimum 1 decade filter, they are on the cutting edge.

    This plan works in a world where those young hip kids are just getting their first smartphones and QR codes are the latest fad. DVD's are the most awesome thing ever and online shopping is just starting...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:46pm

    Re: Re:

    It would be innovative but for the fact it was done by a gate-keeping legacy company. If done, say, by a small indie band it would likely be lauded as such.

    Frankly, right now it is too much of a chore to order online. First, I have to walk upstairs to my den, turn on my computer, logon, open my browser, navigate to a site like Amazon, enter a search term for what I am interested in purchasing, wait for the results to appear, send my selection to a shopping cart, go to the cart, etc., etc. Whew, that is a lot of work.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Walmart

    "Hope Walmart loses a fortune on this"

    Unfortunately there really isn't anyway for them to lose money. You hand them a movie one of their minimum wage employees types in the title and then prints out a code. Not really a lot of money pits in their for Wal-Mart.

    Of course the studios probably spent a decent chunk of money (a stupid amount of money I imagine, anyone with the skills to do this knows how stupid it is and hopefully has a stupidity tax) setting up the database and the code algorithm. But if it tanks they can just put that in their piracy losses column.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

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    Woot shitty games and more advertising, fucking sign me up. Discounts on 2+ year old movies? Awesome!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:50pm

    I suspect that this is intended to fail from a marketplace standpoint, because that isn't the intended audience.

    I believe that the intended audience are lawmakers/lawyers and the press, and the purpose is to vilify the concept of ripping DVDs and to make sure that no DVD-ripping exception is granted from the DMCA.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:52pm

    Re: This plan totally makes sense in Hollywood...

    You have a point. This sounds like one of those ideas that started with, "you know what my 12 year old daughter is really into? Smartphone apps and malls."

     

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    Baldaur Regis (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    Re:

    Going to malls...yeah, that stopped being fun about the time I turned 14. And QR hacking has been around long enough that I can't WAIT to get that shite on a device that has most of my personal info on it.

    I forget the actual principle, but one business model states: look at what the black market is doing, and make it legal. Pirates (excuse me, filthy pirates) have defined this market: downloadable 1080p, AC5.1, DRM-free, world-wide release, costing US$5-10.

     

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    siglarm, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:55pm

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    So I wonder what happens when the stores in the mall who sell DVDs get wind of this.


    They print out a sticker with a standards-based QR code that works with google goggles and point it at their store's website, and paste it over top of the QR code on the poster.

    At least, that's what I'd do, if I worked in a Brick & Mortar store and my job depended on selling DVD's.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re:

    how are you gonna leave tubgirl.com off that list? hater

     

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    Lowestofthekeys, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:55pm

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    It's a "neat" solution but it's baby steps compared with what they could be doing, plus it's not catering to what the consumer wants.

    This innovation might have been better suited for the 90s

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:56pm

    Re:

    The whole post is about how ridiculous Fox's RtB offering is in this context! Seriously...what is the RtB for the customer? What advantage does the customer gain by going through the myriad of steps listed over googleing the movie, comparing prices, and ordering it from the cheapest website, all from wherever they happen to be at the time...not physically at the mural?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 1:58pm

    Re:

    QR code prank link to torrent of the movie?

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:00pm

    Re: maybe some people like wasting time

    My phone can scan QR codes, and I do so once or twice a week. Never for major commercial stuff, though (why bother?) I scan them from amateur flyers to find the location of some underground happening, to find out when the bus is due at a given stop, or other, similar informational reasons.

     

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    Charlie Dickens, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:01pm

    Re:

    I know I do... It's my favorite place to shop on line...

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:09pm

    Re:

    No reason to focus on RtB when Fox is glossing over the CwF part of the equation. Seriously, how does this convoluted mess of a system connect with fans or give them a reason to buy?

     

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    Colin, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:10pm

    As part of an exclusive one-year partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the malls will have a wall with cover art and QR codes for many the studio’s home videos.

    There's a joke somewhere in there about paywalls, right?

    ...Right?

     

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    TheStupidOne, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:12pm

    Re: Re:

    this!

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:19pm

    Re:

    Mike, clearly you don't work in marketing

    It seems clear that Fox's marketing execs shouldn't be working in marketing. Nothing about this proposal is convenient or worthwhile to the end consumer.

    The idea is that people often do go to physical stores, see something, and decide to buy it online (or worse, pirate it online). Getting them an app in their hands that allows them to scan and go, possibly bypassing ALL of the distribution channels and go right back to the distributor seems like a win.

    It really is a shame that Amazon has already beaten them to the punch. In fact, Amazon's app doesn't even require special QR codes, you can simply scan the bar code on the DVD itself to see the availability on Amazon. Why would someone go through the trouble of downloading a proprietary app that works only with specific QR codes that may not be available in their area, to buy a DVD from a source that is most likely not the best price in town?

    It's a pretty neat solution - it puts them in direct contact with their customers, gives them a way to talk directly with them, and allows them to fulfill their desires for product quickly.

    How does that work out? I really don't see how this does anything you say it does.

    Talk directly to and contact customers? You mean the same customers who are abandoning QR codes in droves? The same customers who are more willing to simply log onto Amazon or iTunes than drive to the mall and scan a QR code on a wall?

    Fulfill desires quickly? By making them drive to a mall and then wait for days while the DVD is shipped? How does that work?

    Too bad you just don't get it - like so many things, it seems.

    You're right. Mike has a hard time figuring out just why execs at movie and music studios are so disconnected from their fans and reality. If they actually understood the market, this proposal would have been tossed in the bin the moment it was proposed.

     

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    Jay (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Because girls in games, like cake, are a lie.

     

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    dwind (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:22pm

    What a great idea

    Malls renting out wall space that is. Did the mall owners go to the movie industry and spring this in them?
    Can it be expanded to Starbucks, Barnes and nobles, McDonald's, any place people congregate.

     

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    Baldaur Regis (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:23pm

    I forgot....

    ...this idea came out of Hollywood, so it probably looked great with hookers and coke.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re:

    A thousand times this! But to keep it simple you just need one QR code. One that sends the user to The Pirate Bay. Now if there was only a way to mobilize thousands of people to execute this prank at all the malls at once...

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:27pm

    It would be funny if one of these gets put up within 20' of a Redbox kiosk, wouldn't it.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think that was his point. He threw that in as an example of a troll getting people worked up. Nerds like us would instantly snap back with, "Samus was a girl!" and the trolling would be successful.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:40pm

    Re:

    The idea is that people often do go to physical stores, see something, and decide to buy it online (or worse, pirate it online).

    If that's their idea, it's an idiotic idea. If you decide to buy the DVD while at the mall, you're not going to buy it online when there's a Suncoast/Best Buy/etc. within 100 feet of you. Does your statement actually make sense to you? Because to anyone with half a brain, it's asinine.

    Also, you fail to realize that there are already apps on most everyone's smartphone (at least the people who would be willing to scan QR codes) like Google Goggles and Amazon's app which let you take pictures or scan barcodes and then order what you want online, for cheaper than the movie studios will be trying to sell it for, I'm sure.

    Two words for this initiative: Epic Fail.

     

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    Anon, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:44pm

    Big box

    So many big box and retail stores are just trying to grasp at everything they can to slow Down them loosing their business to the Internet. My mall has 0 music stores now. One movie store. At some point it will close. Walmart still sells censored music... Yet I see unrated movies and rv shows all the time there. Most the music sold at my walmart is: christian, country and Spanish. The rock, r&b, rap etc section is just as big as the others combined though. Those people are more likely to be effected by the censored music and know how to get the music online. I work here I see it first hand every day. Why go to a store to buy any media, half the time they won't have what you want, they can't order it, etc. You could have just went to a website and downloaded it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:49pm

    Re: Re: i'm sure some morons would actually try it too

    Actually I can see them going for that, after all it is convenient and the technology already exists. WOW

     

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    Cowardly Anonymous, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    No, it is not innovative because it is not new. QR codes have been used this way for a long time, without even requiring a dedicated app.

     

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    dwg, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:54pm

    Re:

    What in the world is the benefit of ordering "direct" versus buying from a store that might live...I don't know...BEHIND THE MURAL?

    How does using the QR code "bypass . . . the distribution channels and go right back to the distributor?" Who do you think is shipping these things, the President of Fox?

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 2:59pm

    Re:

    If someone is smart they'd put a Redbox next to each one.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:01pm

    Re:

    Assuming by "commotion" you mean like free samples at the food court...

    These are police academy dropouts after all. Don't assume that just anything will draw their attention.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:14pm

    Re: Re: Frustration 9001

    Mall should start using e-ink murals so they can rent that space to whatever company wants to pay them more :)

    Like the ones in the subway of South Korea that are used by shoppers on their way home to buy groceries from supermarkets.

    Now if Redbox or Netflix could do that for bus stops, subways and others places using just the phone to start a download of a movie so you could just watch it when you get home, that would be marvelous. Why buy and handle a piece of plastic when you can for $1 dollar and never think about it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:24pm

    Piracy?

    And then studios blame piracy for loosing money...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Re:

    Studios HATE Redbox, rentals, libraries, Netflix, Hulu (streaming in general). "Consumers should never give up buying physical media ... "

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:30pm

    Re: What a great idea

    more visual pollution

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:33pm

    This is mock advertising

    This is another addition to the list of "ways we make it easy for consumers" to counter the arguement that piracy has reasons.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:33pm

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    You get much better fidelity on VHS than that digital blu-ray crap.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:33pm

    Re:

    Wait, wait, wait... "discounts and goodies such as games, trailers, and additional clips" are a RtB?

    I don't think that RtB is what you think it is.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:38pm

    Re: This is mock advertising

    Except that it doesn't actually make anything easy for consumers. It doesn't even look like it makes anything easy for consumers.

     

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    bshock, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:41pm

    another rhetorical question

    Does anyone ever go to "the mall" any more?

    I don't. When they closed the bookstores, the model shops, the toy stores, the game stores, and everything else that might've interested me, I had no more reason to visit a mall.

    And after all, who needs these shops anyway? It's all online.

     

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    Stacy, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:47pm

    Watch a movie at a theater, buy it on the way out.

    There have been lots of times that I have seen a movie at the theater and thought after that I would buy it when it gets to DVD. If there was a QR code on the way out of the theater where I could pre-order it, especially if I could get it a bit early, I would probably own a lot more DVDs.

     

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    Faceless, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:48pm

    Re: Re:

    Yes, it's called QRacking.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 3:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Samus was a girl?!? Since when?

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 4:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Excellent points, but you forgot option 2.5...

    Option 2: Sign up for digital service or enter in payment info if it's a 1-time digital purchase, stream/download movie, watch

    Option 2.5: Get frustrated at the DRM and proprietary formats of "approved" digital offerings, locate DRM free torrent on thepiratebay, click, make popcorn while downloading, watch... :D

    And for the record, Option 3 is absolutely insane... I thought Ultraviolet was a stupid idea, but this one takes the cake... also... the cake is a lie!

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 4:52pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I had no easy way to confuse people about that url.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Re:

    Oooh setup a layar store on top of it

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 5:04pm

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    I didn't see bob yet, so we can't have any proper paywall jokes.

     

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    Beech, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 5:31pm

    Best idea!

    Clearly the only way to go here is to do as roughly half the comments here have suggested and change the QR codes to something else. But the big question is, change them to what?
    I humbly propose changing them to a QR code that directs to The Pirate Bay. Imagine the hilarity! The irony! AND it would be a simpler process for the consumer. Instead of downloading custom apps and ordering crap, and waiting on snail mail; they could just click a magnet link and BOOM! there's the stuff you want!

     

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    Idwal (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 6:29pm

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    Quicker than *not* getting the product, of course.

     

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    Idwal (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 6:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: i'm sure some morons would actually try it too

    Said hoop also sends mall security a nude photo of you if you happen to have on you any object sold in the mall, but not a reciept.

     

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    Lauriel (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 6:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Option 2 sounds suspiciously like MegaVideo. Hmmm..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 8:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You really fail when you try to make option 3 sound bad.

    How about "see QR code on a billboard, scan it, and order for online digital delivery immediately"? They aren't doing it yet, but it's a next logical step - get it streaming now, and the disc to follow in the mail.

    Basically, you miss the idea that it's the first step in a different direction. QR codes can be anywhere (on TV, in magazines, on billboards... even on Mike's shiny forehead).

    Basically, once the structure is there, you can expand it at will.

    Also, consider:

    "The studio will offer discounts and goodies such as games, trailers, and additional clips for people who use the app. Fox expects to reach as many as 60M people over the next four months with the mall wallscapes."

    60 million views, plus bonuses for people who sign up. Seems like a good way to connect with fans.

    Damn it, once again they are following Mike's ideas, and Mike is upset with them! Damn bastards, trying to make a living!

     

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    Killercool (profile), Mar 14th, 2012 @ 8:57pm

    Re: another rhetorical question

    ...I go there to buy Craftsman tools, and have an air conditioned 3/4 mile track to walk. If my Sears hits the cutting block, I will quite literally only go to the mall to walk.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 14th, 2012 @ 9:30pm

    Re: Re:

    >Seriously, how does this convoluted mess of a system connect with fans or give them a reason to buy?

    We're talking about an industry whose reason to buy, for many years, has been "buy our stuff so we won't sue you".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 2:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I will wait until they have the QR Code for the 1080p iTunes, or just go to Youtube and see what they are giving away for free today like I dunno Stealth (2005) and other movies :)

    ps: Youtube movies for free apparently are only for the US if you are not in the US you need to use a proxy to watch those, so my advice is to use proxytube very good and it works for Chrome and Firefox.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 2:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "They aren't doing it yet"

    Is there any announcement that they actually plan to do this at any point in the future? If not, we're discussing what they're *actually* doing now, not some hypothetical possibility in the future. But, you can't help but attack people for sticking to facts, I suppose. I mean, FFS, look at the list of titles on the link. Alien? What in God's name would stop them offering a digital download of that right now? I'd say it's quite appropriate for them to be criticised for not offering downloads of movies over 30 years old. Hell, unless US malls are very different to UK retailers, you can probably pick up a box set of the entire Alien series for less than $30 in the mall itself.

    Besides which, please explain how on Earth this is easier than simply downloading digitally? I'm not particularly sold on QR codes overall, but I don't see how this benefits anyone vs. a standard purchase at the mall *or* an iTunes download. Speaking as a consumer, I'd probably laugh at this and continue shopping as I already do.

    "Basically, once the structure is there, you can expand it at will."

    What's stopping them from merely putting QR codes on their existing advertising, which doesn't require this kind of new deal and new infrastructure? Again, apart from the murals, the structure is already there and already visible to many more people.

    "Damn it, once again they are following Mike's ideas"

    No, they're not. They're introducing yet another barrier (you must have a QR capable device) combined with further inconvenience (you must go to the mall to receive the benefits at home) for something that can already be done quite easily (existing ads & online marketing), and trying to pretend it's a new pro-consumer action (it's not, if for nothing else due to the fact that they won't be linking to the better priced outlets). Any one of these would go against the ideas usually promoted here. Together, it's pretty much doomed.

    I'd be happy to eat my words in 2 years if this turns out to be a success, but I doubt it will happen.

    "Damn bastards, trying to make a living!"

    Then they should follow the actual ideas posted here, rather than the fictions you make up. Try with the problems with DRM, region coding and other windowing that provide the biggest incentives for piracy. An electrician who tries fixing your wiring without turning the main power off is also trying to make a living, that doesn't stop me from pointing out he's a fool.

     

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    explicit coward (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 2:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "How about "see QR code on a billboard, scan it, and order for online digital delivery immediately"? They aren't doing it yet, but it's a next logical step - get it streaming now, and the disc to follow in the mail."

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the reason they don't do it already is because?

    ...

    Anyway, the biggest fail is in the time between the customers desire to watch the movie and the fulfillment of said desire.

    Nice, you're the patient guy, you got used to wait for your stuff, because it wasn't possible any other way before. But now it is and you still want us to... wait?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 2:59am

    Re: by their works ye shall know them

    8) Upper management blame the ridiculous amount of money they wasted on "piracy" and panic about the resulting falling profits.

    9) Corporation lobbies for new laws to "protect" their industry at the expense of free speech and smaller industries everywhere.

    10) Public further revolts, further reducing sales, revenue and the saleability of their products.

    11) GOTO 1

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 3:16am

    Re: Re:

    It's too complex. He forgot that RtB doesn't simply mean "reason to buy" as per the acronym. It means "offer a good reason to buy that benefits the customer's needs and/or adds additional value to the product". This scheme appears to be "offer trailers and clips (a.k.a. ads) to try and push further sales". I wonder if he understands the difference, and why customers wouldn't want to buy to receive these?

    (I'm not sure about the "games" part of the equation, but I'd bet they're just promotional games for the movies rather than "real" games)

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 3:54am

    Re:

    Too bad you just don't get it

    Says the guy who thinks this scheme wil actually work. LOL, let's see you come back and whine in a year or so.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 4:01am

    Re:

    At least they're trying.

    Too shoot themselves in the foot (again)?

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 4:05am

    Re: Best idea!

    Best idea?

    Torrents were also already mentioned way up in the comments.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 4:41am

    Re:

    I see its easy for you to talk down instead of engaging in the discussion.
    Start up your own blog and lets see how many hits or money from the blog you make.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 4:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You Nailed It.
    +1 to you!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 4:52am

    Re: Watch a movie at a theater, buy it on the way out.

    This is a idea that will never happen. Many times I was ripe for buying a DVD after walking out of a movie I loved. To date, not one single time has there been that opportunity.

    I suspect theaters would have a fit if the studio was selling the DVD right there after the movie ended. The worry about no one ever coming back (Ignoring the possibly "wonderful" theater experience.) once they have the movie in hand would be enough to make sure that Never happened.

     

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    Michael, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 6:23am

    This "service" was never meant to succeed; it is a 'fail by design' scheme conjured up by the brilliant folks in Hollywood in order to help create the illusion that they're being killed by piracy.

    Peek-a-boo! Hollywood, I see (through) you!

     

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    Tim K (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 6:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    see QR code on a billboard, scan it, and order for online digital delivery immediately

    Yes cause that's what the world needs, more idiots using cell phones trying to hold it in place and get it to pick up the qr code while driving. Also, the current logical step is for digital delivery from their site without having to jump through yet another hoop. I can tell you I've had an android phone for over two years now, you know how many qr codes I've scanned? 1, maybe 2, when they first came out and I first got the phone. There is nothing logical about using them, Leigh did a great story on why they are not a good idea to use

     

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    Jeremy Lyman (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 6:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yup, the only reason I can conceive of needing a qr code link to a mail-order physical dvd is to keep me from buying it on Amazon. I already have an Amazon account, app, and I trust them with my information.

     

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    Colin, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 7:57am

    "It's like shopping at the mall, but online, but at the mall!"

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 8:03am

    Re: Re:

    Just text them, "free donuts at the other end of the mall".

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 8:52am

    Re:

    Sorry, should have said "when," not "if."

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 8:58am

    Re: Re: by their works ye shall know them

    And I thought the only step in this process was:

    "OMG the kidz love QR codes. QR codes are the new marketing meme. We must use QR codes. "

    Actually it's last year's marketing meme.

    This year it's Pinterest.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 9:01am

    Re: Walmart

    Sadly I think there are a lot of Walmart customers that will go for this. They don't even realize they can put a DVD into their computer.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 9:04am

    Re: Watch a movie at a theater, buy it on the way out.

    The MPAA isn't interested in any of your GOOD ideas. Please propose something stupider.

     

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    Michael (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 10:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Online Mall IRL...?

    Sometimes, yes. There's a big difference between GameStop's walls of unsold inventory and the lists in a review site.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 15th, 2012 @ 11:34am

    This article is false on the steps needed so I will clarify it for everyone.

    1.Wake up
    2.Make Coffee
    3.Drink Coffee & Smoke
    4.Get a soda.
    5.Use your soda to wash down some vicodin.
    6.Go to the adult sex store to buy some KY.
    7.Go to Wal-Mart and buy a chainsaw.
    8.Fire that bad mofo up.
    9.Lube your ass up real good.
    10.Hand the chainsaw over to your local Warner Bros rep.
    11.Bend over and beg him to go easy.
    12.Beg for forgiveness for ever doubting their ways.
    13.Pay the 36 thousand dollar fine for questioning their ways in the first place.
    14.Buy Warner Bros approved dvds.
    15.Refer to the original steps listed in this article.
    16.If you're still confused by them go home and take a nap then refer to step one of this guide.
    17.If you're forced to do it a third time you will have to refer to my other guide on prison survival.
    18.After your twenty year prison term is up and you pay the 3 strikes fine of 6 million dollars off refer back to step one.
    19.If you want to send a complaint to Warner Bros for any of the steps listed. Please make a list of your objections and why you object. Now take that list crumble it up and stick up your ass.
    20.If you had to do what 19 said refer back to step 17.

     

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    Michael (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 12:27pm

    Re:

    Where does it say there is no way to buy directly from the website?

     

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    Michael (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 12:30pm

    Re: Re: Re: by their works ye shall know them

    I detect a hint of "Netflix is the new big thing! We have to send movies through the mail, too!" in this one. That puts them only 2 or 3 years out of date.

     

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    Michael (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 12:40pm

    Re: another rhetorical question

    Better clothes at Target anyway.

     

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    Michael (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 12:44pm

    Want me to buy your DVD or bluray? Bundle it with a free IMAX ticket.

    Sound like an "entitled" perspective? From here, the idea that DVDs and blurays are valuable items to own is the delusion.

     

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    sabacat (profile), Mar 15th, 2012 @ 5:01pm

    Are you sure this isn't just some big social experiment like rats running through a great big maze to get to the cheese... but there's bigger and better cheese at home and the smarter rats know that? Because really, why would anyone actually leave their house, go to the mall, and jump through all their ridiculous hoops, just to order a DVD ~online~... which they could have done without ever leaving home in the first place. Yes, they're taking notes... those who order from The Wall will get left behind when the Aliens come in December.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2012 @ 10:16am

    Indulge me...

    Were it legal to rip DVDs in the comfort of one's own home for one's own use, we wouldn't see mold-on-dog-poop business models such as this. The only thing that gives this business model any long-term viability at all is the existence of the DMCA.

    Outlawing an activity amongst one's customers, and then selling the product of the activity that has been outlawed back to said customers is a very profitable, time-tested business model attested to by a long and successful track record. (The sale of indulgences to Catholics is/was a particularly clever variation.) So one has to ask: Why did it take the MPAA so long to figure this one out? (Yeah, yeah. Conservatism. Stupidity on a billion-dollar scale. Etc.)

    But what's particularly interesting about this business model in this context, is the possible side-effect of legitimizing (perhaps a slightly) rights-holders' assertions that all infringing copies represent loss of revenue to the rights-holders. (i.e. making a copy of your legally-purchased media using your own tools is, in fact, depriving rights-holders of revenue that they would otherwise collect from the act of selling consumers legal copies of media they already own.) When will we see such an argument in court? One might expect that a few orders of magnitude is going to appear here and there in content-cartel-style calculation of losses due to file sharing. And then the jackboots will get involved...

     

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    Unanimous Cow Herd (profile), Mar 17th, 2012 @ 1:35pm

    Given the circular nature..

    of the model, the fact that it involves many useless steps, and yet again found a way to waste money on fuel (shipping? really?), I can only conclude that this was designed by a civil service agency, Congressional Committee, or military contractor.

     

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