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post #1 of 17
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I rec'd an offer from Best Buy to join CinemaNow and get a $5 credit. I was on hold for too long so I opted for chat. After an hour of getting nowhere and the support person finally gave up.

I can only access CinemaNow via my laptop. None of my devices have CinemaNow. So I need to stream via my laptop. However, after I create an account and even add CC information I still get a message on the movie rental page that says "We're sorry, but this content will not play back in HD on any of your registered devices". In short it looks like Best Buy will only send me an HD signal if I go buy a newer device with CinemaNow loaded. My laptop can certainly handle HD as I've streamed it through other services.

Can anyone say otherwise? Am I doing something wrong or is this another wonderful Best Buy tactic?
post #2 of 17
Sounds like an awful lot of hassle for $5.

My laptop came with cinemanow installed, that got uninstalled pretty quickly.

-Suntan
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

Sounds like an awful lot of hassle for $5.

My laptop came with cinemanow installed, that got uninstalled pretty quickly.

-Suntan

You're right it is a lot of hassle. But the idea, ultimately, was to have another streaming option available. I can connect the laptop to the HDTV. But, it does look like I can watch it in SD format. Looks like BB has it rigged so you can only watch the HD via a device that has CinemaNow on it.

I took a bunch of the custom HP stuff along with some other things and CinemaNow may have been one of them. I'll take a look as I'm sure I have the option to reinstall it.
post #4 of 17
HD on CinemaNow is a recent addition to the service. Previously it was SD only. It is still SD only except for specifically equipped computers. Go check your laptop at Intel Core Processor Test.

HD CinemaNow is not available on any devices such as the Roku, Blu-ray streamers, media players, etc., at least not at this time.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by DragonLoaf View Post

HD on CinemaNow is a recent addition to the service. Previously it was SD only. It is still SD only except for specifically equipped computers. Go check your laptop at Intel Core Processor Test.

HD CinemaNow is not available on any devices such as the Roku, Blu-ray streamers, media players, etc., at least not at this time.

I found that I had a Roxio CinemaNow app on this laptop and I do. However this is tied to HP so I cannot link to the account that I created from the offer from Best Buy (which apparently has a relationship and doesn't own CinemaNow). I gave up on CinemaNow support as I find it very poor. Seems the guy even had difficulty concentrating. I used your link to test and it says I need the second gen Intel which is B.S. in my opinion as I've had no problems even streaming Vudu at 1080P via WiFi to my Plasma. Go figure.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by SBMongoos View Post

But the idea, ultimately, was to have another streaming option available.

Honestly though, how many options does a person need?

Netflix
Hulu
Vudu
AmazonVOD
Crackle
Youtube
Zune
Apple

Those are just the ones off the top of my head.

Do you have Google added as a streaming provider?

https://play.google.com/store/movies

-Suntan
post #7 of 17
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I'm trying to incorporate my Boxee Box into my life more. They haven't worked out the kinks yet with Hulu/Hulu Plus and apparently CinemaNow won't happen due to DRM it sounded like. I prefer not to hook up the laptop so I can do things like this more on the fly rather than messing with the laptop (long story). Netflix I just wasn't thrilled with much at all. I was motivated to check out CinemaNow but that became a pain in general to deal with and their support was so slow it's some of the worse I've experienced considering what I do.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by SBMongoos View Post

I found that I had a Roxio CinemaNow app on this laptop and I do. However this is tied to HP so I cannot link to the account that I created from the offer from Best Buy (which apparently has a relationship and doesn't own CinemaNow). I gave up on CinemaNow support as I find it very poor. Seems the guy even had difficulty concentrating. I used your link to test and it says I need the second gen Intel which is B.S. in my opinion as I've had no problems even streaming Vudu at 1080P via WiFi to my Plasma. Go figure.

It is BS, for sure. However, it's not that your hardware doesn't have the capability to stream CinemaNow HD, it's that their (over) protection scheme won't allow it. (IMO)

FWIW, I have seven movies owned in my CinemaNow library, and I haven't paid for any of them. Three were bought with the $5 credits that came with equipment purchased, and four were given to me from CinemaNow via e-mail notification before Christmas. Now free is a very good price, so I have no qualms about viewing something in my library when I feel like it, but I won't be spending any of my money with CinemaNow because even for SD the PQ is rather poor and their content in my opinion is overpriced.
post #9 of 17
The one good thing about CinemaNow is that their new movies are $3.99, $2 less than Vudu, and are of equivalent quality if played on their PS3 app. So if you have a PS3 then CinemaNow is the way to go if you intend on paying full price.
post #10 of 17
If anyone is thinking of buying a new Blu-ray player for streaming please note that for some reason Sony's 2011 Blu-ray line-up has a non working CinemaNow (CN) application. The CN app states "coming soon". I don't know if the 2012 Blu-ray players suffer from lack of CN but Sony for some odd reason has not released a firmware update for CN in the 2011 players. Ironically, Sony's 2010 Blu-ray players can stream CN. Go figure.
post #11 of 17
I noticed my S380 had a firmware update available. I checked the web site, and it's just the generic 'improved Internet services', along with the addition of Cinavia. I haven't tried updating yet.

A firmware update isn't always needed for services. I see services come and go without any firmware update, just an update of available services.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

I noticed my S380 had a firmware update available. I checked the web site, and it's just the generic 'improved Internet services', along with the addition of Cinavia. I haven't tried updating yet.

A firmware update isn't always needed for services. I see services come and go without any firmware update, just an update of available services.

Hey andy, does your S380 have an internet browser? My S580 does and I was surprised when I could not find browser on my buddies S380.
post #13 of 17
My Sony S480 had an update notice last night so I let it do it and now CinemaNow works. They appear to have some movies the others don't and also Sony's VideoUnlimited may have some other studios movies that the others don't.
post #14 of 17
But, that latest update also includes Cinavia audio copy protection.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

My Sony S480 had an update notice last night so I let it do it and now CinemaNow works. They appear to have some movies the others don't and also Sony's VideoUnlimited may have some other studios movies that the others don't.

Thanks for info. I checked my S580 and VOILA! CinemaNow is up - finally. Perhaps my continuous recent volley of email complaints to Sony and Roxio customer service helped. The last reply from Sony on March 12 2012:

"I understand your concern regarding the CinemaNow Internet service for the Blu-ray Disc Player. I've forwarded your concern to our Sustaining Engineering(SE) regarding making of a Firmware Update that adds the feature to activate and playback CinemaNow Internet service in the Blu-ray Disc Player. If any update is released, it will be posted in our support website. Please bookmark the link provided below and check periodically, if any Update is released.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/mod...d#/downloadTab

Thank you for your time.

The Sony Email Response Team
C2X7
Ana"
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

But, that latest update also includes Cinavia audio copy protection.

As andyross63 stated:

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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

A firmware update isn't always needed for services. I see services come and go without any firmware update, just an update of available services.

It appears that CinemaNow update or switch on 'did not' come from the latest firmware update. I updated latest firmware version M07.R.0615 last week and it did not correct CinemaNow. Nor is CinemaNow update listed in the firmware benefits.

I know some may not want Cinavia but that would entail never ever doing a firmware update in the future. I believe if you skip this one it will still add Cinavia later.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

But, that latest update also includes Cinavia audio copy protection.

That would explain that when watching "The Skin I Live In" on Bluray Friday night that when I paused the disc when someone called and hit play a few minutes later, after about 30 seconds the audio stopped playing. I tried all kinds of things to get the audio back. I even tried some MP4 clips and their audio wouldn't play either. The only way I got it back was to restart the player. Fortunately I had bookmarked where I was and surprisingly on restart of the disc it asked if I wanted to restart at the bookmark instead of the usual time wasting rigmarole.

So Cinavia is very flawed, buggy and unacceptable. We should boycott any product with it. Industry executives are very tech illiterate and they buy into brute force methods and especially with their upcoming Copyright STASI we need to bankrupt their companies.
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