Big Film To Offer Movie Downloads
The New York Times and several other outlets reported Monday that the nation’s six major movie studios are planning to sell first-run movies online. Prices are reported to be in the $20 to $30 range. Details are available below from the sources we’ve listed.
What I’d really like to know is the following:
- What kind of DRM will the studios use to lock up their content?
- Will the studios all use the same DRM scheme?
- How quickly will someone find a way to break it? (This is a matter of “when,” not “if”)
- How will the studios react when the DRM scheme is broken?
- Who will pay $20 to $30 per download (the price listed in the Times story) for something he doesn’t own, especially when a typical new release DVD can be purchased for $15 to $22 at most retailers, including Best Buy and Amazon.com?
Saul Hansell. At Last, Movies to Keep Arrive on the Internet. The New York Times. April 3, 2006.
ArsTechnica. Legal Movie Downloads Come to the U.S., But Limitations Abound. April 3, 2006.
Rachel Rosmarin. Studios Take First Step In Movie Downloading. Forbes.com. April 3, 2006.
Copyfight. Decoding the Drivel. April 4, 2006.
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