freak2thec0re wrote:Case in point: I watched Midnight In Paris Friday night with my girlfriend and Saturday wanted to show her Match Point because she had never seen it ... but it's not on Netflix Instant ... not on Demand ... and getting it on netflix dvd will take a minimum of 3-4 days turnaround ... and since all the video rental stores around me have recently been shut down there's literally no way to see it besides buying it .. wack.
I think netflix instant-watch is good in theory but not economically feasible for movie studios ... literally every time I have the urge to watch a certain movie it's not instant-watchable ... and I doubt it's going to get any better. If anything, it will get worse
Mark my words: as blu-ray players get cheaper and everyone starts to own one, we're going to see a rise in demand for places that you can go and pick up whatever movie you want and watch right away, like we had in the "olden days" (a year or two ago)
there's also redbox. i've never tried them though, and i imagine, like with netflix on demand, the selection is pretty small.
i thought i heard something a while back about these kiosks where you could go and pick any film, and it would burn the film onto a brand-new disk for you to take home. which would then alleviate the need to carry each individual film on disk, you'd only need the film stored digitally and a bunch of blank disks. seems like an idea that could work (assuming burning time wasn't too long) but i don't know if anything ever came of it.
the problem with all those on-demand services is that they each have to work out individual licensing deals with the different studios to carry their movies, tv shows, etc. and it's a nightmare trying to work out deals with so many different film producers. and then you get the ones who start forming exclusive deals, and then the on-demand services end up like pay-cable channels where certain studio's films are only played on certain channels, and if you want access to them all, you have to subscribe to a bunch of different channels or on-demand services.