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post #1 of 12
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I've ranted before on this, but since switching to FIOS, what I've missed most about Comcast is the amount of free HD material On-Demand. I'm at a friend's house babysitting and decided to flip through their Comcast HD On-Demand section. Below is a current list of movies in high definition you can watch from Comcast without subscribing to any movie channels. (paths to movies are as follows - HD On-Demand -> Free Movies ; HD On-Demand -> Premium Channels -> Starz, Encore, Showtime, MAX HD -- all are free even without subscribing to the channels)

30 days of Night
Angels in the Outfield
Biloxi Blues
The Border
Bul Durham
Bulletproof Monk
Capote
Consenting Adults
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Dark Blue
Devils rejects
donnie darko
enter the ninja
fido
fierce people
mary shelley's frankenstein
gang related
glory
goldeneye
the hard way
hart's war
house of 1000 corpses
jerry maguire
kingpin
lethal weapon 3
men in black
midnight run
beyond re-amimator
rocky
rocky 2
rocky 3
rocky 4
rocky 5
silent hill
slap shot
unearthed
vengeance is mine
warren miller's ride
windtalkers
accross the universe
american pie
batman forever
milly madison
the cable guy
clity slicker's 2
d3:the mighty ducks
daddy day camp
dan in real life
deja vu
deuce bigalow
the dog problem
duets
enchanted
four weddings and a funeral
gone baby gone
gray matters
hannah montana and miley cyrus
hatchet
the hurricane
the jane austen book club
keeping the faith
l.a. confidential
the lookout
meet the robinsons
next
no country for old men
pirates of the caribbean 3
ransom
ratatouille
remember the titans
the santa clause 3
sleuth
spider-man 3
superbad
supercop
surf's up
waterworld
we own the night
wild hogs
the andromeda strain
boynton beach club
contact
deep rising
the faculty
ghost rider
gone in 60 seconds
mission to mars
the mummy
the one
our very own
perfect stranger
the piano
robocop 2
the rock
tremors
twister
zoom
10 items or less
american drug war
barnyard
black christmas
black snake moan
casino royale
charlotte's web
clerks 2
emma
employee of the month
hollow man 2
mission impossible 3
mrs. palfrey
pride
russell petrs
school for scoundrels
smiley face
the bourne ultimatum
hairspray
ocean's thirteen
rendition
rush hour 3
shrek the third


Here is the list from my FIOS box:












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post #2 of 12
The problem here is two different philosophies. Comcast has been committed to 'HD choices', which means On Demand programming, while Verizon is committed to 'HD channels'. We are starting to see both providers move in the opposite direction, with Comcast saying they are not going to take a back seat on the number of HD channels, and Verizon starting to add HD VOD.

Both will want to be all things to all people. Which unfortunately, no one company can be.
post #3 of 12
Personally, I'd rather have 75-100, no-compression, HD Channels with new content than 200 old HD movies On Demand.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by mrjinglesusa View Post

Personally, I'd rather have 75-100, no-compression, HD Channels with new content than 200 old HD movies On Demand.

Doesn't work that way. VOD content takes up zero bandwidth until used.
post #5 of 12
I can't imagine any Premium channels such as Showtime, HBO or Cinemax allowing comcast to give most/all of the Prem Channel's On demand library Free & unlimited, to non-subscribers.
Even Fios shows a Showtime or premium on-demand movie's cost in the listings as " $00.00 " , but if you actually try to play the movies, & you aren't subscriber, you then get a message saying you arent subscribed to Showtime ....
I'll bet the OP was just browsing the listings only, & ASSumed they were free, or the person's house he was at actually subscribed to the channels & he ASSumed you could order the movie even if you weren't a subscriber, since the listings had no $$ cost for the purchase. ....

It makes no sense, the listing of movies in the OP is essentially everything shown for the month on Cinemax or whichever ... There would be no need for anyone to subscribe if you could simply get the programming free on demand .....
post #6 of 12
HD Video-on-Demand Now Playing on Verizon FiOS TV

1,000 HD VOD Titles Expected by the End of 2008



http://newscenter.verizon.com/press-...emand-now.html
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by MeatChicken View Post

I can't imagine any Premium channels such as Showtime, HBO or Cinemax allowing comcast to give most/all of the Prem Channel's On demand library Free & unlimited, to non-subscribers.
Even Fios shows a Showtime or premium on-demand movie's cost in the listings as " $00.00 " , but if you actually try to play the movies, & you aren't subscriber, you then get a message saying you arent subscribed to Showtime ....
I'll bet the OP was just browsing the listings only, & ASSumed they were free, or the person's house he was at actually subscribed to the channels & he ASSumed you could order the movie even if you weren't a subscriber, since the listings had no $$ cost for the purchase. ....

It makes no sense, the listing of movies in the OP is essentially everything shown for the month on Cinemax or whichever ... There would be no need for anyone to subscribe if you could simply get the programming free on demand .....

You are correct Sir!!!


ron
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by mrjinglesusa View Post

Personally, I'd rather have 75-100, no-compression, HD Channels with new content than 200 old HD movies On Demand.

And some of us, me for instance, would definitely prefer the reverse. In my mind we're moving from hundreds of SD channels full of junk I don't watch to hundreds of HD channels with the same junk I don't watch.

I agree with the OP that the loss of a large library of free, on-demand movies in both SD and HD was the most obvious shortcoming of moving from Comcast to FiOS. Some of the other on-demand services that Comcast had, like Anime Network and Anime Selects, are also now just fond memories.
post #9 of 12
I really enjoy the HD on Demand (watch what you want, when you want, and no worries about a dvr being full), but you do have to subscribe to the particular channel to get the premium offerings. That is the reason I dropped HBO and added Starz. Starz actually offers their movies HD On demand, whereas HBO does not.

They do have a "free HD movie" section, just to clarify, but it is not nearly as extensive as the above list. That is everything. It is possible that a "glitch" was going on, and letting him view them all, but it's not that way normally.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by MeatChicken View Post

I can't imagine any Premium channels such as Showtime, HBO or Cinemax allowing comcast to give most/all of the Prem Channel's On demand library Free & unlimited, to non-subscribers.
Even Fios shows a Showtime or premium on-demand movie's cost in the listings as " $00.00 " , but if you actually try to play the movies, & you aren't subscriber, you then get a message saying you arent subscribed to Showtime ....
I'll bet the OP was just browsing the listings only, & ASSumed they were free, or the person's house he was at actually subscribed to the channels & he ASSumed you could order the movie even if you weren't a subscriber, since the listings had no $$ cost for the purchase. ....

It makes no sense, the listing of movies in the OP is essentially everything shown for the month on Cinemax or whichever ... There would be no need for anyone to subscribe if you could simply get the programming free on demand .....

I'll bet i was telling the truth, that they were not subscribed to any of those channels as i checked, and that a movie from each one actually played. watching superbad from starz is probably not the best thing when you are babysitting, but the kid was asleep so i watched half of it anyway. this same navigation route worked for me as well when i still had comcast and was only subscribed to HBO, i could watch all the starz, max, showtime hd movies i wanted. i'll also bet that you are an ASS!
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by R11 View Post

You are correct Sir!!!


ron

he was wrong and you are too, madam!!
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by McDonoughDawg View Post

I really enjoy the HD on Demand (watch what you want, when you want, and no worries about a dvr being full), but you do have to subscribe to the particular channel to get the premium offerings. That is the reason I dropped HBO and added Starz. Starz actually offers their movies HD On demand, whereas HBO does not.

They do have a "free HD movie" section, just to clarify, but it is not nearly as extensive as the above list. That is everything. It is possible that a "glitch" was going on, and letting him view them all, but it's not that way normally.

if you have comcast and are not subscribed to either max, encore, or showtime, can you try the nav route in my original post and see if you are able to watch the movies. perhaps it's a local issue, but once i had a comcast salesman stop by my house to ask me why i switched to verizon and when i mentioned the backdoor to all the free hd movies he acknowledged the backdoor. the list of free movies offered just by comcast not including the backdoor starts from the top and ends at windtalkers, which is still 39 movies. i tried to look for free hd movies on fios and couldn't find anything that had actually hit a theater once, but if you are into the lifetime channel(MeatChicken), there are a few movies.
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