Comcast considers DVD sales + on-demand combo.

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Allan, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. Allan

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    Comcast considers DVD sales + on-demand combo

    From the Web

    11 Oct 2005 15:32

    Video Business Online is carrying a Variety story reporting that
    Comcast has proposed to Hollywood studios a novel approach to
    on-demand movie sales: A customer could call up Comcast and ask to
    purchase the entire movie, to own. The customer would immediately
    receive permanent on-demand accessibility to the movie, while the DVD
    is being shipped to him via second-day air.

    Sensing that the financially troubled Blockbuster is ripe for
    plucking, Comcast is sounding out the Hollywood studios on the
    following proposition: A Comcast customer with a digital box will see
    a menu listing for, say, The 40-Year-Old Virgin as much as six weeks
    in advance of its scheduled appearance on pay-per-view.

    For a fee of about $17, the subscriber could call up the movie for
    one immediate video-on-demand showing. Two days later, the DVD of
    Virgin shows up in the mailbox for the subscriber's permanent
    collection.

    Video Business Online is speculating that Comcast's proposal may have
    the objective of softening financially-strapped Blockbuster Video, the
    leading US rental chain, for a takeover.




    20 years.... yeah whatever.






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    Allan, Oct 12, 2005
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