Originally Posted by amirm
I have fair bit of new data on it, seeing it at CEDIA:
1. The box and service work and work well. It is great to see a bunch of movies ready to play instantly locally from the hard disk. The fidelity on the few clips they showed seemed excellent.
2. Format is 10 bit, 4:2:2 so a step up from BD.
3. The box has dual drive redundancy.
4. Movies are pushed out 6-7 days in advance of release so there is plenty of time to get them landed onto the box.
5. They push all the new movies per #1 regardless of which one you may want.
6. When movie stops being in theaters, it disappears from the service. So no older movies.
7. Content security is way, way higher than anything in use today. You need to scan your fingerprint for the movie to play. Both the dealer and the customer must go through background checks to make sure they are not "IP infringers."
8. They have content from Universal, MGM and Lionsgate. They seemed hopeful about landing the other majors.
9. The retail for the box is $35,000. Movies are $500 for 24 hour viewing. THere is also a $600 offer for more time but I forget what.
10. The box requires a static IP.
11. The machine watermarks customer ID as it plays the content. So if you say, camcorder the content, they could find out.
12. You are not allowed to redistribute the HDMI output to multiple devices even though there is no hardware barrier to doing so.
13. Up to 5 members can access the machine.
14. There is a minimum limit of 100 inch for the screen and max of 25 seats. All viewing must be private.
15. You get the movie the instant it is available in US. As an example, they showed a movie that was released in NY but not yet in Denver where the show was.
All in all, for the customers for whom this kind of money is no object, it is a good option as allows you to watch the movie in your home rather than going to a theater.