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Join Date: Jan 2004
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I have the Vudu and the Apple TV and I see a pattern (probably driven by the studios) for delayed releases for renting. You might be able to purchase, but not rent. This might be frustrating if you are using the Vudu as your sole source of movies, but this is not a big deal to me as I have other streaming devices that might get earlier rent access. I also have the Netflix 3-at-a-time plan and if it is a movie that I really, really want to watch like Slumdog Millionaire I'll just purchase the Blu-ray on release date. Also, when I pre-order from Amazon I have it at the house when I get home from work on Tuesday evenings.
I have a hard time understanding how Vudu or Apple expect people to purchase for the same price as physical media and get something that is less flexible, and has less features. These download purchases seem like a weak gesture by the studios who really want to preserve the DVD and Blu-ray purchase revenue at release time. When Vudu or Apple only give me a purchase only option I check with the the other download services to see if it is rentable elsewhere. If not I simply wait for the movie to be available for rent from Netflix (which is the least expensive rent option), Vudu or Apple.
The net net is that I end up renting few new releases on the Vudu due to other options that are less expensive or have faster availability. I primarily use the Vudu for watching older classic movies that are not yet on Blu-ray. In those case Vudu provides higher quality than DVD for a good price.