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Top 10 reasons why movie downloads suck

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9th February 2007 13:31  #1

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Top 10 reasons why movie downloads suck

For me the big two reasons are that they are lower quality than DVD for the same price and watching a movie in the computer room isn't my idea of a good time.

Has anyone here tried out any movie download services?  Legit ones I mean...

9th February 2007 14:12  #2

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,171 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
For me its the delivery of stuff like this that is the main problem (well, aside from pricing). Most people are on capped, throttled broadband, which makes downloads of this nature terribly impractical.

15th February 2007 13:46  #3

Cervantes Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 172
There's also nothing like having a nice shelf-full of lovely actual "real" dvds for you and all your mates to coo at!  Dusting is a pain though...  :0)

15th February 2007 14:40  #4

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
I've never gotten the surge to push downloads either. Other then lazy college kids in dorms and hardcore computer nerds that don't leave their PC, I don't know anyone who would bother. Plus Chris is right, even if you have fast speeds you'll likely have to wait more than an hour to get a single movie.

I'm sure most people don't even know that you can download from a service anyhow. Makes you wonder when people say the download will replace discs. Not anytime soon, thats for sure.

15th February 2007 16:23  #5

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Until everyone can put a box under their TV that downloads anything they want to watch over the internet, I can't see movie downloads having a wide reach.

Like Chris said, the problem is with bandwidth capping and throttling, and the fact fo the matter is that there's just not enough capacity in the broadband infrastructure (certainly in the UK) to handle the entire population watching and downloading content 24 hours a day

16th February 2007 19:15  #6

Director7 Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
I think I just need the HD quality, plus something tangible. No way I'd ever consider that.

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