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... Our descendants will laugh their little holographic heads off when they hear about our ridiculous trips driving back and forth to the video store.
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At its California data center, Zediva has set up hundreds of DVD players. They’re automated, jukebox-style. You’re not just renting a movie; you’re actually taking control of the player that contains the movie you want. The DVD is simply sending you the audio and video signals, as if it were connected to your home with a really, really long cable.
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This sneaky setup neatly explains how you get those languages, subtitles and director’s commentaries.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/te...ref=technology

I just love it when a company puts it in the Law's behind by going through loopholes. Hope they can keep this gig going.

On another another note, I love subtitles. And somewhat shocked that in 2011, with all the tech we have, the big boys are having such a difficult time finding a way to stream optional subtitles. Yes, aware Netflix is having SOME success with certain boxes, but not much.
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This idea has a pretty obvious scaling issue. I don't think it will be successful. Eventually the studios are going to realize the money they are leaving on the table trying to hold movies from places like NetFlix.
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This idea has a pretty obvious scaling issue. I don't think it will be successful. Eventually the studios are going to realize the money they are leaving on the table trying to hold movies from places like NetFlix.
Article says they plan on scaling into handling millions of movies at once. I'm not sure it will be successful either, as there a few pitfalls along the way, but good to see them making a go at it.
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errr... pretty ambitious of them, I hope they make at least some money when Netflix decides to buy them out IF they make a profit.
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This idea is brilliant for new releases but they'll obviously have to reduce if not flat out get rid of older movies/shows...just like a B&M rental store.

The best part is that once a popular movie runs its course they could always sell the movies for a used discount, again, just like the B&M rental stores, only it will all be online.
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This idea is brilliant for new releases but they'll obviously have to reduce if not flat out get rid of older movies/shows...just like a B&M rental store.

The best part is that once a popular movie runs its course they could always sell the movies for a used discount, again, just like the B&M rental stores, only it will all be online.
Yup. Looks like they're mainly focusing on the top 100 most popular/newest films...

Sounds like they're still in the ground stages, but if anyone gives this a try, let's hear some feedback.
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