Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Let's look at the various options in MOVIE DELIVERY.

Distinguish between:
  • Theatrical, physical (DVD) and electronic/online delivery
  • Push (braodcast) versus pull/on-demand
  • Ordering (online) versus delivery (mail, download)
  • Buy/own versus rent
  • Legal versus illegal (DRM)
  • Also: Hollywood's release schedule: 1. Theater. 2. Home video. 3. Rental, PpV, (S)VoD, internet. 4. PayTV, premium channels. 5. Broadcast.
  • Consumer centric view: watch whenever, wherever, using any device
  • Hollywood view: hype theatrical releases, maximize DVD sales, limit piracy and P2P downloads
  • Service provider view (cable, telco, ISP): maximize VoD
  • 1. View live: Theater, airplane, boat
  • 2a. Buy DVD: Blockbuster, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart
  • 2b. Download to own: P2P file sharing
  • 3a. Rent DVD: Blockbuster, slef-destruct DVD (Disney)
  • 3a. Rent DVD, ordering through internet: Netflix, Walmart.com, Blockbuster.com
  • 3b. Download temporary: Movielink, CinemaNow, Movieflix, Starz on Real, Netflix/TiVo, Akimbo, Comcast On Demand, Sony Connect on PSP
  • 4. View on pay-TV: HBO, Showtime, Starz Encore
  • 5a. View on broadcast TV: free-to-air, IP TV
  • 5b. DVR/PVR services: TiVo, ReplayTV, NDS, proprietary cable DVRs

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