HBO on Broadband: All-You-Can-Eat Movie and TV Downloads

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If you had just three fewer hoops to jump through for HBO on Broadband, it'd be an amazing service. So, if you have Time Warner in Wisconsin, HBO on Demand and Roadrunner broadband (and Windows), you can download to your PC as much as you want from a catalog of 600 shows and movies they'll throw up every month, plus there's a live feed of HBO on the East Coast. Awesome, right?


But then we've got the DRM/studio content restrictions: No transfer to portable devices or burning, and content automatically withers off of your computer when it hits the expiration date in 4-12 weeks. Better than the iTunes timeframe nonetheless. And that whole Roadrunner requirement, it's totally literal, as in you can only pick up new content while connected to Roadrunner.

On the upside, you can register up to five computers per household, and you've got features like series passes that auto-download within five minutes of a show airing on TV. Since the file size runs about 1.2GB for a two-hour flick, the res is probably pretty close to what iTunes offers. Besides, it's free, and you can't beat that. [DVD Dossier via Engadget]



I cannot express my joy when I read that HBO, associated with Time Warner, was more than thinking about the joining the many "VALID" companies that are offering the public movies that can either be viewed (not stored on the hard drive), or purchased by the viewer, very simular to customers who subscribe to cable.

I have avoided downloading movies, except from companies like VidX, MVLib, and NetFlix. I would rather pay for a movie and have viable video and audio bit/rate quality. And with the realization of treading where "Angels dare not tread," might I express a 'right' that this American holds dear, and that is the right to watch quality scripting, cinimatography, acting, and have the inherent right that comes with the User's Rights; that is not to accept the "artists' overwhelming desire to 'hide' and make a mokery of the ammendments, to actually 'lower the ratings - to 'R' - as only a Marketing ploy, and call it an artistic priviledge. The truth be known, most parents raising children are humiliated knowing their children are subjected to "filth." I am humiliated having it shoved down into my home. I have been in the media industry for 26 years, and know that there are few, very few well-polished "G-rated" films. Many of the "R-rated" movies have much which is motivating and good in them. The degrading material which is flung here and there adds little to the plot, and in most cases is so out of place, one would have to be deaf, dumb, and stupid, not to know the elements which are put into films to market them for Mature Audiences - just simply does not belong.

I claim user's right to - at least in the privacy of my home, and especially when I have purchased the film, to edit out what offends me. Now with that said, let me address one more issue that I hope HBO will learn from Vongo.

Vongo has such a poor data base, the user is forced to make any and all corrections. I became so sick and tired of calling and re-calling their offices to get "simple" data strings corrected, which after 6 months are still in their records, I am grateful they have competition. Remember, although the customer may not know everything, the "Customer is always right!"

(A small truth I learned in working for a Masters. Second, there is not an endless line of customers waiting to knock down the door, so take care of the ones you have.

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