Press To Apple, Amazon On Video Offerings: Eh? That's It?

from the try-again,-please dept

We were among those not impressed by the new video download offerings Amazon and Apple launched over the past few weeks, and it seems like plenty of major media publications are in agreement. Both the San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post are suggesting that the two new services aren't worth very many people's time or money. The Merc points out that you're probably paying more for the downloads, while getting fewer features and convenience. The Post is even more straightforward: "maddeningly thin selection, uncompetitive prices, middling video quality and no DVD-burning option." The odd thing is that there have already been plenty of crappy movie download services that no one wants and no one uses. Both Apple and Amazon have known this. While a lot of blame can be placed on the movie studios for failing to budge, it's the job of both Apple and Amazon to convince them otherwise -- or else not launch yet another crappy movie download service that no one wants. It's becoming increasingly clear that the movie industry would rather that these services fail, so it can whine to politicians about how much piracy is "costing" them, instead of innovating and figuring out new ways to provide more value to the many, many people out there who want to watch movies.
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    DittoBox, 18 Sep 2006 @ 3:30pm

    Re: Re: Thin Selections

    BTW, apple: You get 1 out of 5 for execution, and browny points for at least trying.

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