Steve May's entertainment technology joint

avzombie.com header image 2

Movie download buzz eclipses HD discs

April 8th, 2006 · No Comments


The legal movie download market is gaining unstoppable momentum. Having learnt from the music industry’s mistakes, Hollywood is getting its download act together remarkably fast. Across the globe, media organisations are either snapping up content for digital distribution, or signing strategic alliances.
Significantly, the buzz about downloads is beginning to eclipse the shift to higher definition packaged media formats like and . It’s not difficult to see why studios are becoming over-excited. Compared to high-def disc software, the download market is a simpler proposition by far, and with robust DRM (digital rights management) now in place the risk from piracy seems low.
Stateside, Movielink and CinemaNow are offering digital downloads of top-line titles day and date with DVD. MGM has just created a new digital media division to oversee and develop distribution strategies for internet and mobile platforms.
Here in the UK, online rental companies LoveFilm and Video Island have merged, with a view to carving out a chunk of the developing download market.
Prior to the merge LoveFilm had already inked a deal to offer 35 Universal movies for download. Now the newcompany has access to 400,00 subscribers, which puts it in a strong position when other studios come calling.
Meanwhile in Germany, Warner is testing the market with movies and TV shows downloads via In2Movies, which uses peer-to-peer technology to distribute files.
All of the services are intended to allow movie playback on PCs only. At present the only way to watch legal movie downloads on a TV or AV rig is to integrate a PC (ideally a Media Centre machine) into a home entertainment system.

Tags: Internet and networking · Trade

0 responses so far ↓

  • There are no comments yet...Kick things off by filling out the form below.

You must log in to post a comment.