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New movie download, DVD burning service

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Wed July 19, 2006

New movie download service

CinemaNow is catering to consumers looking for download-to-own movies with the ability to burn the titles onto DVDs, which could compete with Apple's iTunes Music Store if the company launches a full-length feature film offering. The service currently excludes first-run films, providing roughly 100 older movies from Walt Disney, NBC Universal, EagleVision, Lionsgate, Sony, and the Sundance Channel, according to Industry observers suspect that Apple may be working with movie studios to offer full-length feature films via its iTunes Music Store, adding to its current collection of short films and TV shows. Amazon in mid-July joined Microsoft as another company rumored to be working on a movie download service, and is said to be meeting with industry executives as well as major studios, according to another report.

by MacNN Staff



  1. denhom

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cinema Now

    A quick look at the Cinema Now website shows that they are NOT Mac compatible. ITMS may win out yet...

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Install Parallels on your Intel based Mac and start using the service. Simple as that :)

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What are you paying for?

    Quickly looked at their site, but obviously the information I want they have a BIG interest in keeping secret... i.e. exactly what kind of file do you pay 9-15 bucks for. I'd bet ya they're following the iTunes example... charge close to the same, but deliver something inferior. Many movies can be had on "full quality" DVDs. I'd bet you anything that you download some 3-400MB avi type file (or some proprietary file that can be "burned to DVD" only with their software.

    So you end up with a DVD that just can't look near as good as the real DVD. For almost the same price as the real thing. Even if it was Mac compatible, I don't care, I won't be buying (just like I'm not about to [ay a buck for a 128 bit compressed music file when I can buy a real file on CD for close to the same cost (FYI, I'm not interested in vapid pop singles, my musical tastes 98% of the time mean I want the album).

  1. Theodour

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You nailed it

    According to their site, it requires Windows Media Player 10 (Win only), and if you want to burn to DVD, you must use their special software.

    Argh ...

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