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Disney's new vid on demand box 14 Feb 2006 18:14 #12302

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Disney announced its new box. Will people want another box which is only Disney? DVD on release date? hmmmmmmmmmm Is this the in your home here's the day and date machine model?

Disney-Owned MovieBeam Service Launches This Week Amid Broad Industry Support
(Sep 29,2003 / SEC)

Entertainment and Technology Leaders Team to Deliver New Movies-On-Demand Offering, Resetting the Standard for In-Home Entertainment.

(By MovieBeam)

Burbank, Calif. ??The Walt Disney Company today announced the launch of its MovieBeam on-demand movie rental service. MovieBeam will give consumers instant access in their homes to recent DVD and video releases, as well as a wide variety of popular favorites, from almost all of the major studios.

This week, MovieBeam will launch in Jacksonville, Florida; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Spokane, Washington. Consumers in those three markets will have the ability to rent films from their homes without the inconvenience of trips to and from the video store and without the possibility of incurring rental late fees.

The MovieBeam receiver ??manufactured by Samsung Electronics ??is a first-of-its-kind device that automatically receives movies, stores them on its hard-drive, and gives consumers the opportunity to view them on their schedule. MovieBeam always offers 100 movies in full digital quality, and every week, about 10 new movies are transmitted via a digital wireless signal to the MovieBeam receiver's small indoor antenna, replacing 10 titles. The data transmissions take the form of secure data streams and are sent through the broadcast spectrum of television stations owned by ABC and National Datacast's network of PBS stations. MovieBeam will work whether or not a consumer has a cable or satellite television subscription.

The MovieBeam service will offer a broad range of movies, including popular action, drama, comedy and family titles. MovieBeam currently has agreements in place with DreamWorks SKG, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Miramax Films, New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox Studios and Walt Disney Studios. MovieBeam will feature current titles from all of these distributors in the "video-on-demand (VOD)" window. MovieBeam will also license library titles from several of these distributors. [There is an attached list of the 105 movies that will be featured on MovieBeam at launch.]

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Re: Disney's new vid on demand box 14 Feb 2006 21:09 #12303

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I have felt for awhile now. That their ultimate goal is to elminate the middle layer of getting product to the consumer. Video stores, Netflix, Cable, and Satellite services. Will be hurt most by that. Theatre's will be hurt hard, but not completly eliminated. Since they still have that out of the house "theatre experience" going for them. Theatre's would mostly loose the got to see it now and I don't care how crowd.
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Re: Disney's new vid on demand box 03 Mar 2006 08:09 #12304

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Here's details on part of the Fox plan. They announced months ago that day and date releases in HD will be part of the mix.


Programming from Fox Entertainment will be part of the new DIRECTV Plus DVR "first look" at prime time hits. The shows, which include "24" and "Prison Break" will be available for viewing 24 to 48 hours prior to their broadcasts for $2.99 each.


* A selection of programming from the Fox Entertainment Group will be available for purchase on the DIRECTV satellite platform, beginning this March with select FX titles available 1 to 2 days before their television broadcast.
* Viewers with the new DIRECTV Plus DVR will get a "first look" at prime time hits from FX 24 to 48 hours prior to their initial broadcasts for $2.99 each.
* Later in the year, DIRECTV subscribers will have post-air access to FOX Broadcasting series for 99 cents each for six to seven days following their national broadcast.
* "We're committed to finding new ways to bring our content to consumers and we think this deal is a huge step forward in giving them greater choice and control over their entertainment experience," said Peter Chernin, the president and COO of News Corporation.
* "For the very first time, viewers will be able to watch their favorite shows before the rest of the world.
* And we now have the ability to create different cuts of our programs for the pre-air audience---versions with additional scenes and materials not included in the network broadcast---something entirely new.
* It's an exciting opportunity for the television consumer and for us.
* Moreover, this new partnership will also enrich the viewing experience by providing access to DIRECTV's enhanced services, features and interactive functionality."
* Chase Carey, president and CEO of DIRECTV, Inc., added, "Growing our interactive/On Demand service is a top priority for DIRECTV and our partnership with Fox is further testament to the commitment DIRECTV is making to delivering the very best in television and entertainment programming.
* By continually offering our subscribers new and exclusive programming choices at their convenience, we not only enhance the viewing experience but broaden the depth of our services and offerings."
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Re: Disney's new vid on demand box 03 Mar 2006 22:25 #12305

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All this talk about movies going straight to on demand. It is funny and I thought I would mention it, My cable system has an on demand station solely dedicated to movie trailers of coming soon features and now playing features in the Cinema!
Ha go figure!
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