Good luck to them
Someone needs to get subscription movie streaming working well in the UK. LOVEFiLM's offering certainly isn't up to the job.
Google is reportedly planning to launch an unlimited movie subscription service in the UK. The company is still searching for ways to make money out of its online video-sharing website YouTube, which – despite various content deals with big name record companies – remains something of a pet project at Mountain View. According …
I've had half a mind to sign up, (on demand is useful, in the post is not I have no idea what movie I'll feel like watching in a few days time) but worried about performance..
What's wrong, just buffering etc??
I have a 20mbps O2 connection although my actual speeds are more like 12 or 13 mbps usually.
Iplayer, ITV player and so on usually work ok, although can stutter sometimes at peak evening time and if I have bittorrent or whatever hogging my connection
How people buy big 1080p flat screens and then seem to be prepared to pay to watch pixelated, macroblocked, colour-banded, low-contrast, re-fpsed pictures on it.
OK, I can understand an occasional machinima/indie/hobbie/curiosity clip but paid-for VOD from teh internets?
"Google is understood to have set aside $100m for deals with Hollywood studios and other content providers to get such a service off the ground."
And how much will they be paying the ISPs of this fine nation to increase our bandwidth and "fair usage" allowances so that we can take advantage of this fantastical offer?
So long as the price is right. I like to support content providers who make content I like. However at the moment I torrent, then buy on dvd (once the price has come down to a reasonable level) if I really like it.
The problem with the current VOD systems is that they charge more than a physical copy, and that price never drops. It's barmy. Do they want me to buy their content or steal it? If they didn't take the piss then I wouldn't either.
It works fine under Linux (flash player)
If Google does not stick the videos in annoying restricted DRM's (i.e. Require a specific player in mac and Win only) I'll be tempted to join.
But with the Free Streaming I've got with Amazon at the moment it's gotta have a bigger (or better) selection for me to be tempted to switch...
Mines the one with the US Amazon Prime account code in the pocket...
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