Movies You Can Download & Burn

For the first time in the history of the internet, Hollywood studios will allow consumers to download movies and burn them to a DVD.  Of course, it is for a fee, but at least they are getting with the times.

Online video distributor CinemaNow will begin the new venture by offering about 100 films from major entertainment companies to consumers, who will then be able to burn a version of the movie on a disc that will play in a machine hooked up to their television. The agreement includes films from the likes of Buena Vista, MGM, Lionsgate, Universal Studios, and Sony Pictures.

On Monday, Movielink (which is owned by several major Hollywood Studios) announced a partnership with Sonic Solutions to provide a similiar solution.  However, no timeline was given regarding the release of the download and burnable films online.

The downloads will start at $8.99 each, and can take up to two to three hours to download. Consumers will also be able to print disc and jewel-case labels for the downloaded film.

It’s an interesting idea, but the time it takes to download the movie, plus the cost involved doesn’t make it very attractive to me.  Plus the added cost of having to have your own supply of blank DVDs lying around. I’d rather drive down the street to my local Blockbuster and get it from them.  I want instant gratification damnit.


  1. ZapZap07-20-2006

    Download speeds will get faster with time. Pretty soon, it will be more of a pain in the ass to drive somewhere than it will be to download it. I think it’s a good idea, as long as the movies are current and prices don’t get out of hand and the quality of the video and audio are good.

  2. ToddWToddW07-20-2006

    I don’t think there will be a need to burn in the future! Simply download to your media center and press play 🙂

  3. cdhcdh07-31-2006

    > I don’t think there will be a need to burn in the future! Simply download to your media
    > center and press play 🙂

    I very much agree. It is this way for me now. Anything I download, I watch via my network DVD player. It streams from my PC to the network DVD player, where I watch on TV at excellent quality. I have been doing this for a number of years now (since the GoVideo network DVD player was first released).

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