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I really don't see the point if it's going to be more expensive than a physical disk. At least with a disk I can resell it or lend it to a mate to watch. The other major concern is what happens if the PS3 poops itself and needs to be repaired/replaced. People are having dramas with their game saves and stored data - I would hate to lose an entire movie library because of a hardware malfunction.

If you're going to remove a large part of the usability then there really needs to be a corresponding reduction in cost. If these were around the $8 to $10 to own then I'd consider it but I'm not interested in paying the same (or more) for less.

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Whats the big fanfare about this?

Over priced videos, DRM-filled, time-limited and oversized GB wise - usable only on the Playstation console..

Price start from $7.99 for a movie (most likely SD) and then add your charges for internet usage....

Hmm, I dunno. I stick with AVI's off the internet. Faster releases, DRM-free and manageable file sizes

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Whats the big fanfare about this?

Over priced videos, DRM-filled, time-limited and oversized GB wise - usable only on the Playstation console..

Price start from $7.99 for a movie (most likely SD) and then add your charges for internet usage....

Hmm, I dunno. I stick with AVI's off the internet. Faster releases, DRM-free and manageable file sizes

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Whats the big fanfare about this?

Over priced videos, DRM-filled, time-limited and oversized GB wise - usable only on the Playstation console..

Price start from $7.99 for a movie (most likely SD) and then add your charges for internet usage....

Hmm, I dunno. I stick with AVI's off the internet. Faster releases, DRM-free and manageable file sizes

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Points that make rental worthwhile...

1. Very convenient on a Friday/Saturday night after a hard days work when you've had a couple of drinks and probably shouldn't drive to get a rental

2. Great if you just can't be arsed going to a video store to forage through the shelves and shelves of crap

3. Perfect if you live miles and miles from anywhere that offers rentals

For purchase it's a big "meh" for mine. If I wanted to buy I would certainly go for an actual retail disc, whether it be BR or DVD. I only buy occasionally anyhow and I'd go as far as to say that most candidates are in this category also. So, for me at least, a less than perfect purchase structure is not a major factor in my enjoyment of this service.

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1. Very convenient on a Friday/Saturday night after a hard days work when you've had a couple of drinks and probably shouldn't drive to get a rental

You'll want to start the download on Thursday in that case. These files are pretty huge.

2. Great if you just can't be arsed going to a video store to forage through the shelves and shelves of crap

.... instead of shelves of crap you get a choice of 600. Sounds like a lot but my local video store has 2500. You also need to plan ahead - see pt1.

3. Perfect if you live miles and miles from anywhere that offers rentals

What kind of internet connection are you likely to have if you live miles from anywhere? Perhaps Thursday the week before.

The NBN should fix most of these issue in terms of speed and also quotas but the cost of these downloads is till pretty steep (IMO).

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NBN being contingent on Labor remaining in office. If the Libs get in they have stated NBN will be cancelled and torn up.

Aahhh but is that a "core" promise or one of the Abbott's exaggerations made in the heat of the moment? We're talking politicians here, people who will say absolutely anything to get into power [/tautology]

The election is still some month away and millions has already been spent. I'd be surprised if the Libs actually knocked it on the head if they did come to power - more likely they're tinker at the edges and claim they made it work when it was previously doomed. :rolleyes:

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Good point. I hadn't considered that it may not have been a carefully scripted statement and therefore up for question. ^_^ Howard left us with 'core promises', I wonder if Abbott's legacy will be 'carefully scripted statements'.

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Points that make rental worthwhile...

1. Very convenient on a Friday/Saturday night after a hard days work when you've had a couple of drinks and probably shouldn't drive to get a rental

2. Great if you just can't be arsed going to a video store to forage through the shelves and shelves of crap

3. Perfect if you live miles and miles from anywhere that offers rentals

For purchase it's a big "meh" for mine. If I wanted to buy I would certainly go for an actual retail disc, whether it be BR or DVD. I only buy occasionally anyhow and I'd go as far as to say that most candidates are in this category also. So, for me at least, a less than perfect purchase structure is not a major factor in my enjoyment of this service.

Surely those same points would be used if you wanted to acquire the movie from a different internet source? Dont forget, that those acquired sourced movies will still play on your PS3

And then think, you would save some money which you use to have a few more Blondies, Cascades, Crownies or Coronas...

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Points that make rental worthwhile...

1. Very convenient on a Friday/Saturday night after a hard days work when you've had a couple of drinks and probably shouldn't drive to get a rental

2. Great if you just can't be arsed going to a video store to forage through the shelves and shelves of crap

3. Perfect if you live miles and miles from anywhere that offers rentals

For purchase it's a big "meh" for mine. If I wanted to buy I would certainly go for an actual retail disc, whether it be BR or DVD. I only buy occasionally anyhow and I'd go as far as to say that most candidates are in this category also. So, for me at least, a less than perfect purchase structure is not a major factor in my enjoyment of this service.

Bigpond Movies does this for me for a lot cheaper & much more convenient.

$2.50 vs $3.99 and no waiting for the download & internet usage. Plus you can get Blu-Ray for the same price as DVDs. True you can't always get the movie you want, but I've always get one No 1 or No 2 pick every week.

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You'll want to start the download on Thursday in that case. These files are pretty huge.

.... instead of shelves of crap you get a choice of 600. Sounds like a lot but my local video store has 2500. You also need to plan ahead - see pt1.

What kind of internet connection are you likely to have if you live miles from anywhere? Perhaps Thursday the week before.

The NBN should fix most of these issue in terms of speed and also quotas but the cost of these downloads is till pretty steep (IMO).

Dunno about the technicalities of the ps3 service - but I rent/buy movies using my appleTV quite regularly (I'd say about 1 a week for the last 6 months or so). Usually we start watching within 5 mins of the download starting, sometimes a little longer, and we're on a standard ADSL2 service and downloading files that are often movies in 720p format.

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Well, did a test last night and SD movies can be streamed (technically) which is good (an SD movie at size 2GB took approx. 1 hour to download). HD, on the other hand, seems pretty piss weak - It took 4+ hours to download a single movie which I believe is impractical. In summary, I will use this for SD rentals but not HD. If I want HD movies on-demand I shall source them from other 'areas'.

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rental price looks ok to me (cheaper than Foxtel Box Office or BigPond movies - although FBO obviously doesnt impact your DL allowance and neither does BP Movies if you are with BP, which is a big plus)

if its true that they are 2.0 for audio though then thats a deal breaker right there. i want SD titles in full DVD quality and HD in full BD quality.

as with lots of people, BB speed isnt a concern for me and we are just now in a DL quota war amongst ISP's that will see allowances change dramatically in Aus over comming months imo. so that will be less of an issue as well.

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