Media Companies in Thinking Sensibly Shocker !!!
Surely this wont last ? It's actually a sensible idea that goes against everything the idiots in the MPAA etc have been trying !!!!!
Seagate is sexing up its FreeAgent Go external drives with 20 pre-loaded Paramount Pictures movies costing $9.99 to unlock. A weekend report in the US edition of the Financial Times revealed the new way of selling drives by Seagate and quoted Darcy Clarkson, Seagate's VP for sales and marketing. He was responding to the point …
"A competing business model might be to load a drive completely with movies and sell it at very low or no cost, relying on unlock license fees for revenue. Imagine a terabyte external drive loaded with, say, 100 movies"
People would get the drive, format it, and have a 1TB drive for "very low or no cost"
That external drive that doesn't stack or sleep properly.
The problem with the latest Seagate external drives is that they're nowhere near as good as the external drives they used to make before the Freeagent came on the market.
They stacked perfectly, and powered down correctly.
Seagate seem to be going backwards.
"Seagate is sexing up its FreeAgent Go external drives with 20 pre-loaded Paramount Pictures movies costing $9.99 to unlock."
"Imagine a terabyte external drive loaded with, say, 100 movies, each costing $9.99 to view."
Option 1 - maybe - exspecially if the disk is filled with old dregs of movies the movie distributors couldn't sell anyway
Option 2 - No chance.
"It seems obvious that people building digital home movie collections on external hard drives will need a comprehensive labelling system to show the contents,"
Isn't that what Explorer/Finder/File Manager/insert favorite program name here is for?
I mean, when I want to see the contents of my external drive, I click on My Computer, and click on the drive. I don't stare at the case, hoping to divine the contents like Carnack!!
"Let's say average customers unlock 40 movies per drive - that's almost $400 of revenue.."
Absolute economic fail! Here in the States we can rent a movie for a night for 50pence at a "Redbox". Stunningly stupid to even sugguest that people will 40movies at $9.99 each.
Maybe you should write for PC World or something.
10 bucks to unlock an already-delivered movie is ridiculous. I cant imagine any one with any intelligence paying for that, (which means many people probably would).
$2 is a realistic price, given one can rent (and rip) a DVD from netflix for around that.
I really like the proposed idea of them selling a large drive with locked movies and charging little or nothing for the drive itself. I would buy multiple drives if they did that. Of course I would just reformat the drive as soon as I got it and fill it with something actually useful.
..until some leet hacksaw finds out how to unlock the movies for free, and publishes the howto?
And what (encoding) quality are the movies? I've seen too many DVDs sold with a "and you can also get a digital download version FREE with this disk!" Hang on a minute.. I run OGMrip, and I have a "digital download" version for free, without having the end result look like I'm trying to watch a movie with binoculars across the street through someone's net curtains.
As for whatever shitty DRM got put on the Dark Knight DVDs that are out there.. hah. That took all of a single command-line switch in mencoder to defeat. Then I ripped it and copied it to a couple of friends just because the bastards tried.
Still. Cheap terabyte drive? That'll do me. Just format, and replace with "digital downloads" of the content I've already paid for tyvm.
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