For the first time in the history of the internet, Hollywood studios will allow consumers to download movies and burn them to a DVD.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â I want instant gratification damnit.