Cablevision Will Let You Watch Movies The Day Of Their Release, If You Buy The DVD
from the loopholes dept
We were surprised that even Apple was forced by the movie industry to delay the release of online movie downloads until a month after the DVD release. This seemed totally pointless and self-defeating by the movie industry (though, hardly the first time that’s happened). However, it looks like Cablevision has discovered an interesting workaround to this “window” between releases: it’s launching a video-on-demand (VOD) system that will let you watch movies the day they’re released on DVD. The trick? You need to actually buy the DVD first, via Cablevision. Then, while you’re waiting for the physical DVD to arrive in the mail, you’re free to watch the movie via the VOD offering. Of course, this sounds something like what the original MP3.com used to do, allowing people to access MP3s of CDs they just bought, while they wait for the CD to arrive. And, as I’m sure many of you remember, the entertainment industry sued MP3.com and actually won that lawsuit. While there was some questionable reasoning in the decision, MP3.com was unable to appeal, due to some quirks of the legal system. Has it really taken 8-years for the entertainment industry to start to come around to this idea? Perhaps not. Apparently, only a very few titles are available on Cablevision’s new service.