Saul Hansell at The New York Times reports on the developments of movie-download site CinemaNow, which has announced its launch of DVD-burning services. For starters, this service will offer older titles, such as Barbershop and Scent of a Woman. But the questions that remain include: “Will consumers race to burn their own copies of titles that are 5 to 10 years old?” and “Will consumers mind that the picture quality will be lacking somewhat compared to commercial DVDs?” Hansell fills us in on what’s brewing:
“People like to watch movies in their living rooms, and this solves their problem,” said Curt Marvis, chief executive of CinemaNow, which is offering the download-to-DVD service. The studios participating include Sony, Disney, Universal, MGM and Lions Gate, which is a major shareholder in CinemaNow.
CinemaNow has been selling downloaded movies since April from these and some other studios, but the movies were restricted to computer viewing, and the downloads included only the film. The new offering also includes the bonus material on DVD discs, like filmmakers’ commentary and extra scenes.
Meanwhile, Anne Thompson shares the CinemaNow report from Business Week.