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Unbox suffers "teething" issues

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Fri September 8, 2006

Unbox suffers "teething"

Amazon's new Unbox video store has marked the highest-profile movie download launch thus far, but poses some significant quality issues and "teething" problems, according to various members of the press. CNET's Tom Merritt says purchases require intrusive and imperfect custom Amazon software to work, while underlying issues potentially hurt the long-term success of Unbox Video, according to BusinessWeek. Aside from the common but glaring inability to burn to DVD, rental restrictions are especially limited, according to Electronista: rented movies must be played in their entirety 24 hours after playback begins, or they must be rented a second time. Amazon additionally suffers from the longer-term conflict of interest that might arise from its existing movie sales; as it benefits from purchases of physical DVDs, the online retailer has little incentive to extend its usage rights or lower prices.

Apple is expected to unveil its own movie offering in the near future, and recently released a new iMac with high a enough screen resolution to play HD video without downsampling. Industry watchers also expect the Cupertino-based company to produce a new widescreen video iPod in the near future -- possibly at the company's upcoming special event scheduled for September 12th touting "one more thing" with an Apple logo amidst Hollywood spotlights.




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  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    SPYWARE

    Amazon DELETES the movie from your computer after the time limit has expired!!!!! Are they f**king crazy??? That means there a constant communication link between Amazon and my machine. Windoze is already broken without anything touching it. This is gonna cause h***! No thanks. Boycott to eveything Amazon! Spyware is NOT the way to go!!

  1. dashiel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: spyware

    it means no such thing. amazon and their player don't need an internet connection to determine 24 hour time lapse.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yes they do

    Because they know that some idiot will keep resetting the date on their PCs just to mess with the system. An internet connection will HAVE to be made.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    useless either way us

    since they don't appear to offer a mac-based player... end of story

  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    When you sell your soul..

    Amazon sold their soul to the movie studio devils to get their rights. Now Amazon has a complete garbage of a deal. I'll be d*mnned if I'll pay $15 for a movie I can only watch on 2 computers. 24-hour rental?! What is this, 1983?!?!

    Jobs is right, both music and movie studios are so filthy greedy that they can't see common sense. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE PIRATE!!! I guess Wal-Mart gets to remain the big cat of movie sales...Lord knows, I'll be buying my $14 DVDs there, not Amazon!!!

    (Not to mention as someone stated, we Mac users were shafted again. And they have the gall to call Apple a closed-system!)

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: When you sell your so

    Wal-Mart isnt much better.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hrmmm

    I kinda just think the idea of getting my DVD's in the mail is pretty cool. I put it in my cheapie DVD player, and it's hooked up to my TV.

    Wow. Watching a download on my monitor sitting at the desk, vs. kicking my feet up on the couch. HMMMM. No brainer, folks . . . where's the Love™ in movie downloading, I wonder?

    Personally, I feel that movie downloading is a bunch of hype . . . maybe, when download speeds are instantaneous, like in 5 or 10 years. C'mon, really . . . a $15 movie download . . . I guess I'm just not a collector, like some folks. Like to rent and return; less c*** piling up in my house (or hard drive). The only way I'd see downloads taking off, is if:

    a) A device can beam it to your TV (ie, Airport Express type device)

    b) You could actually get Hollywood to allow you to download at the same time it's fresh in the theaters (yeah, right)

    c) Keep the price like that of a rental: $4.99 or less, good for a week . . . or, like unlimited (mailbox service) . . . about 18 bucks a month . . . just to say, tho' it'd have to have a) in place for all the world's moviegoing couch potatioes

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    More than just teething

    It looks like an alpha program that was released in a very big hurry to try and trumph Apple. Now it has back fired on Amazon as the service should be boxed back up and sent back. I have been reading of many stories that customers can't even play the videos and then the video software says there time is up and must pay again for the video that didn't play to begin with. That my friends is just poor crappy software that should have never been released period! Don't waste your money on this. Wait for Apple's announcement and see how it's done right.

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Amazon's software spyware

    Well according to one story you need an internet connection to even uninstall Amazon's player so I call that spyware! The minute you go online you are being watched and who knows what else it's doing.

  1. dashiel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @jarod

    resetting your system clock hasn't worked for ages on any sufficiently sophisticated application. try it with photoshop or dreamweaver — won't work. it's pretty simple actually.

    regardless it does seem that the application does indeed phone home a great deal.

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