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Will consumers watch feature length movies on smaller screens?
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Fox films 'for rent via iTunes'
Apple and 20th Century Fox studio are to announce a deal that will allow consumers to rent the studio's films through iTunes, media reports say.
They will have a limited time to watch films downloaded from the iTunes store, a source told the Fin...
vancam
Dec 27, 2007
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vancam
Dec 27, 2007
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I have done and I enjoyed it.

Although the idea seemed abhorrent to me I had to try it as part of my job and actually found the experience very worthwhile.

Yours eyes make adjustments for you that at reading distance and on a moving screen (turberlance on a plane for example) goes unnoticed.

With earphones in I found myself walking around and still able to absorb the movie whilst dodging furniture and people.

So yes, I think it does work even if your mind and previous conventions tell you it shouldn't do.

 
asimpleman
Dec 28, 2007
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Of course consumers will, it's just a question of how many, and I'd be willing to say that quite a few will.

Oh, sure, they'll like their big screen HD's better, but if it's on your ipod, you don't have to be stuck at home. For a relatively small price you can now get caught up on all the good movies you missed while you had to watch children's movies. You can watch them standing in line, walking the dog, shopping with your wife, even while driving. Of course I wasn't watching a movie officer, this is an iphone, I was just talking to someone.

Some won't buy them for lack of resource (after all, I don't have an ipod) or for antagonism toward authority (apple is becoming to audio/video what microsoft is to PC - down with the man), but regardless, I'm sure that it will sell. Which will make Steve Jobs and some Fox guys some pretty good money. Which is good, I was beginning to worry we'd have to support them through taxes.

 
vancam
Dec 29, 2007
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Rebuttal to: thales Show

I know it doesn't seem very appealling but somehow it works.

 
Brett Stubbs
Dec 27, 2007
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My computer screen is nicer and bigger than my TV, so yes.

 
juggernaut
Dec 27, 2007
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I don't use itunes to watch movies. I use netflix.

 
emeraldstone
Dec 30, 2007
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People will do whatever they selfishly want to do. If they don't want to watch a small screen movie, they flat out won't. If they need a movie that they can take with them and don't care about the screen size, then they probably will.

People do whatever they want to do unless it conflicts with something else.

 
xanthippa
Dec 31, 2007
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My kids have greatly enjoyed movies on their gameboys....so why not an iPod?

Frankly, I find the 'big screen' experience of movie theatres rather over-rated.

1. The large screen in ovie theatres is so big, it gives me headaches (and yes, I have recently bought a smaller TV for my home, because I simply do not enjoy the 'big screen' thing..... it distracts me from whatever it is I am doing while the movie is in the background.

2. The sound levels at movie theatres are just nuts. I don't understand how people can sit through it....my ears hurt for days afterwards.

3. Why would I sit in an uncomfortable theatre, without enough legroom, surrounded by rude strangers, when I can be in my comfortable home? No movie is worth putting up with that!

4. On 'small screen', I can decrease the volume for the loud bits, increase it for the dialogue, and mute it for the 'epic' music. Well worth the smaller screen.

I don't know anyone whose home entertainment system is not liked to their home computer network....so you can save all the movies you buy on a dedicated hard drive, and you can pick any of the home screens to watch it on. It's the best system right now. The only way I think it could be improved is by putting the music on a separate track from dialogue: many of us have terrible difficulty making out the dialogue when there is 'background music'. Having the option to mute ALL the music/special effect sounds while retaining the dialogue would greatly enhance the movie experience.

Yes, ahm, and making movies worth watching.....that is a biggie! Not many of those, lately...

Of course, there always are books... :0)

 
somerandomhobo
Jan 03, 2008
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Most of my friends with iPod video already have pirated versions of feature-length films on their iPod. So the answer to the question really is, consumers are already watching feature-length films on smaller screens.

 
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vancam
Dec 27, 2007
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Rebuttal to: Brett Stubbs Show

Although i forgot to add 'mobile' caveat to the debate you still have an interesting point. I watch movies on my desktop occassionally too. But what makes it really watchable is with the additionof a media hub that links your desktop / laptop to th flat screen in front of the sofa.

 
thales
Dec 29, 2007
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A feature-length film is a really, really long time to be staring at your iPod.

The point of them is that they are portable, so presumably you are on your way to do something else, right? Because if you're sitting at home, you might as well watch it on your TV, but if you're wandering the streets for a few hours to prove that this is a viable innovation...well, that's just kind of weird.

(Edit: Unless, of course, it's part of your job, vancam.)

 
thales
Dec 29, 2007
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Rebuttal to: vancam Show

So does my Apple TV.

I require a bit more of my gadgets than that they "work." They also have to be the best available tool for the job.

 
sailoraide
Dec 27, 2007
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Since the question is based on the news that iTunes will be renting movies via it's web-based service, I have to answer a resounding "NO!" While watching movies on an iPod may have been faddish of late, the service will not be able to sustain itself longterm. People simply would rather watch a movie on a larger screen.

 
juggernaut
Dec 28, 2007
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It's not worth it, really.

Why pay for a movie on a small screen when you can rent it for cheaper and watch it on high definition television?

 


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