Amazon's Video Downloads About As Me Too (Read: Not Interesting) As You Can Get

from the disappointing dept

It's no secret that Amazon has been preparing its own video download store, and with most people believing that Apple is going to announce their own offering early next week, it looks like Amazon tried to jump ahead in line by announcing its own offering today. Unfortunately, the offering is about as "me too" as you can imagine. It's got all the problems of just about every other video download offering out there. It only works on Windows. Copy protection galore. Limited usage. Relatively high prices compared to alternatives. Rather than making the content portable, you basically get to download two files: one that must stay on the computer you downloaded it on, and one that can be transferred to an approved (i.e., has Windows media copy protection) mobile device. You can burn the movie to a DVD... but it's of almost no additional value, since that DVD will only play on the computer you downloaded the movie to. While it's quite likely that the Hollywood folks put many of these restrictions on Amazon, it's a disappointing service. There's nothing new here and nothing compelling. Amazon has shown in the past that it understands a lot about making the online shopping experience work well for consumers. It's too bad they were unable to transfer that knowhow to video downloads. Hopefully it's a temporary situation that they'll be able to improve over time.

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    Pingspike, 8 Sep 2006 @ 2:22am

    yeah but no but..

    (rediculus example follows):
    Thats like building a space ship, but (for whatever reason) it isnt allowed above a certain height. You can have your ship, build it, fly it, but not too high. In this case a SPACE ship which cant go to SPACE. kinda defeats the point doesnt it ?

    Like I buy that movie. its on dvd... I just cant play it on my tv. ever. wtf is the point in that ?! I can have my entertainment, im just not allowed to be entertained by it o.0?
    Yes Amazon didnt cause it, but they agreed to it out of greed, to try make money. Even though (if the chap above is right) they can plainly see its the most flawed argument/point/business plan/thought ever!
    Amazon = idiots buying into this stupid idea
    DRM ppl = assholes, every one.
    MPAA etc.= bite me, long live bittorrents. wankers.

    /love :P

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