Friday, September 09, 2005

4GM Tech: TVix C2000U


One of the things I'm doing as I develop the 4GM model is trying to keep up on the tech. That hoo-ha you're looking at is a 3x5 inch 100GB hard drive. Porta-TiVo kids.

"Yeah, I'll just bring over those DivX eps of Lost and we'll watch them on your big screen."

or, to give the lawyers nightmares:

"Yeah, I'll just bring over those DivX rips of Lost and you can dump 'em down onto your hard drive."

Figure out the on-line file-based sales system right NOW Hollywood, because it's already too late.

15 comments:

DJ said...

Wonderful, I can wait till that comes to Canada...which will be in the next three to five years!!

cyan said...

Nightmare's? The Lawyers will love it. More Time in the Courtroom.

davis said...

About time Apple got on it. Heck, I already swapped out my portable DVD player and Nomad mp3 last year for an Archos (http://www.archos.com/ ). I'm not good with the waiting.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you had an interest in such hardware. Then you'll want to know about this baby:

http://www.snazio.com/Links/Porta%20Cinema.htm

Doctor Memory said...

Davis: it's not Apple. ipodstudio is a general portable-media-player fansite, albiet slightly apple-centered.

Rogers: sadly, I'm pretty sure your average Hollywood exec's reaction to seeing that picture will be "Betty, get me that asshole Hatch on the line. He's got a bill to write..."

Dan Forinton said...

Warner Bros have just asked me to do an online survey which had them asking questions about a monthly subscription service that allows downloading of current/recent episodes of US TV series...

Anonymous said...

Dan: Isn't that what the Beeb (BBC) is launching?

And I find it ironic that *they* would ask. Does something with the initials GLOBAL FREQUENCY have something to do with that?

dan forinton said...

Anonymous asked: Isn't that what the Beeb (BBC) is launching?

For license payers (ie. people in the UK) I believe it will be free. For those outside the UK, the Beeb MAY charge for the privilege - I think it's still up for discussion. Expect the BBC's version to go live around the time of the next Dr Who series.

Me said...

Good John. F&*k 'em.

I love anything that shakes up the old golden city.

And if I get one of those I'll feel like Batman.

Who doesn't want to feel like Batman?

Cheers,

BH

RogerRmjet said...

Hollywood needs to seriously get on the stick creating an "iTunes Movie Story." In a recent NY Times article on piracy (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/28/business/media/28movie.html?pagewanted=1), they reported the following:

According to BigChampagne, a company in Beverly Hills, Calif., that tracks online media use and creates weekly charts showing the most actively downloaded films available on the Internet.... For the week through Aug. 9, BigChampagne said, an average of 102,895 people a day downloaded the new "War of the Worlds," using a popular file-sharing program called BitTorrent. During the same period, "Wedding Crashers" had an average of 100,134 downloaders a day, and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" had 97,611.

Okay, so let's say there was an "iTunes Movie Store" that charged just $2.00 per movie. Let's run the numbers using the same figures:

War of theWorlds = $720,625 for the week, $21,607,950 for the month
Wedding Crashers = $700,938 for the week, $21,028,140 for the month
Chocolate Factory = $683,277 for the week, $20,498,310 for the month

That's with BitTorrent, which doesn't have nearly the users that iTunes has. Now imagine what kind of numbers you'd get with iTunes' number of users plus a quality product and fast downloads. iTunes has already sold over half a billion songs.

Nice to hear that WB is looking into this for TV (smart move), but I hope they realize that we don't want a subscription-based service. That's why all the other music stores failed and iTunes has succeeded.

Mik said...

Well as a Non-US citizen I'm already using Bit-torrent to follow several shows I've no hope of seeing before year's end on my nation's channels.

A subscription model would suck. I wouldn't pay for several shows just to get one. What would interest me would be if Warner and others were to place otherwise unavailable product on their download service. My VHS tapes of Max Headroom and Brisco County Junior are rapidly demagnetising....

Being in the UK I am very much looking forward to the Beeb's new service. I've also heard some, um, interesting rumours about what they've got planned.

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