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post #1 of 14
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Has anyone seen any info on this?
It is supposed to be a monthly fee like netflix but no mention of content, delivery or anything else.
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by etrin View Post

Has anyone seen any info on this?
It is supposed to be a monthly fee like netflix but no mention of content, delivery or anything else.

This is a brand new service just starting to be rolled out to Roku,and is for Roku only for the present.Right now,the content is extremely limited.There is a total of 123 movies,and a small handful of old tv series.The tv series listed are Seasons 1-4 of Hawiian Eye,seasons 2-6 of 77 Sunset Strip,season 1 of Cheyenne and Jericho,and 1/2 of 1 season of Gilligan's Isl. and The Adventures of Superman,plus 2-3 other obscure tv shows that i never heard of.
Many of the movie titles listed aren't all that great IMHO.There are 6 silent movies,7 westerns,and 27 dramas listed plus movies from other genres such as The Mummy(1959),Cat People,Horror of Dracula,and Tarzan and the Mermaids. IMO $10 bucks/mo. is way to much to pay for this service.Hopefully they'll add lots of new and interesting titles soon,they'll have to if they want this service to be successful.
Edited by greaser - 4/4/13 at 8:25am
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by etrin View Post

Has anyone seen any info on this?
It is supposed to be a monthly fee like netflix but no mention of content, delivery or anything else.

Subscription $10/month. Only supported by Roku at this time. Certainly worth a look if these type of catalog titles appeal to you.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/02/warner-bros-launches-its-own-streaming-video-subscription-sevice/

http://instant.warnerarchive.com/index.html#
post #4 of 14
Since they offer a free two week trial subscription I just signed up.

Steps:

1. Set up an account on the WB Archive Instant website. This includes submitting a credit card number.
2. Add the channel at Roku.com using the code they give you.
3. On the Roku (in my case the Roku 3) go into settings and do a system update in order to see the channel.
4. Take the device activation code you get from Roku and add into 'Devices' on the Warner Archive Instant website.
5. You should get a 'congratulation' message and told you can now start streaming.

The first movie I tried was The Ballad of Cable Hogue, supposedly HD with stereo sound. My HDTV reports a 1080p resolution. Looks decent.

I will play around with this channel for the next two weeks before deciding to cancel or not.
post #5 of 14
Much like Sony, WB has a big catalog with which to make some revenue. My Sony player has several of these services, some via subscription, others PPV and still others free with ads. WB seems to be testing the waters here of what many of us feel is the future. Might float better at an $8 price point though.
post #6 of 14
Considering the movie titles they're offering right now,and the fact that many/most of those titles are already available thru other services both free and paid,or online,i can't see paying $10 bucks or even $8 bucks/mo.But i will be watching their progress to see if/when they offer a larger and better selection of titles.As you say,WB has a BIG catalog and according to their website, they also have access to movies from MGM,RKO,and AA,so i'm hoping/expecting to see their offerings grow,but IMHO,for $10 bucks/mo.we should be seeing more of their better titles.
Even though there are a few gems there,i guess i'm just disappointed at seeing all the uninspiring titles that are being offered so far,especially when WB,MGM,RKO, and AA have sooo many excellent movies in their libraries,many of which don't seem to be available anywhere. frown.gif
Heck,i'm kind of an old man and i remember watching LOTS of really GOOD movies from all those studios on tv back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, that i haven't seen on tv or any paid or free online streaming service since those days,nor have i seen many of them ever come out on DVD.They seem to have been forgotten,but i do have my fingers crossed that they'll be offered at some point by this new service.
Edited by greaser - 4/4/13 at 3:48pm
post #7 of 14
The free two week trial period that WB Archive offers is basically a beta test offering much like the Redbox free trial I previously tried. Some TV titles I tried produced error messages but would play after a reload. And like Redbox I'm sure I won't continue after the trial period is over. However as mentioned already WB has a vast library of films to choose from and doesn't have to rely on anyone other than themselves unlike Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster or Redbox. It certainly has the potential to become a significant player in the online streaming game.
post #8 of 14
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one thing I read that I didn't like was library UP to the 1990's.
if that is true again they will shoot themselves in the foot.
for one thing they need it all listed to begin with to charge $10 a month and then they will have NOTHING new to add.

I am thinking that they may get people signed up then for an additional $10 a month you can get the newer premium movies too.
Edited by etrin - 4/5/13 at 8:31am
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by etrin View Post

one thing I read that I didn't like was library UP to the 1990's.

Yes, of course, that's the intent. The title of this thread should actually be Warner Archive Instant not Warner Brothers Library which implies ALL Warner titles.

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Warner Archive oversees over 5000 titles, including ones previously released on DVD that went out of print. The new Instant channel adds ones that I'd consider major Warner back-catalogue stuff (The Music Man, for example).

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/60707
post #10 of 14
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Mr. G I see what you are saying.
When I heard about it they were talking like it was all warner titles ALL and it was $10 a month....wow thats nice.
Then I read it was up to the 1990's and NOT ALL but some changing each month.
NOT a good deal.

here are 175 go ahead play them all.
next month we will retire 5 and put in 3 new ones.
weeeee its going to be great
NOT

not sure if they should even charge for this service...maybe a one time $10
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by etrin View Post

Mr. G - I see what you are saying. When I heard about it they were talking like it was all warner titles ALL and it was $10 a month....wow thats nice. Then I read it was up to the 1990's and NOT ALL but some changing each month. NOT a good deal. here are 175 go ahead play them all. next month we will retire 5 and put in 3 new ones. weeeee its going to be great. NOT. not sure if they should even charge for this service...maybe a one time $10

It's definitely targeting people who have a strong interest in older movies and/or TV shows. I'm sure the service will ramp up over time but as you say the selection right now is limited.

I have been enjoying a few free titles not available on Netflix streaming. For example The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) starring Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones and Ronny Howard. It's available for rent (SD) on VUDU and Amazon Instant Video for $3.

I'll continue to watch a few more films until my free trial subscription runs out next week.
post #12 of 14
Does anybody here subscribe to http://classicflix.com/ ?
It's more expensive than Netflix or Blockbuster, but it it gives you access to a lot of very expensive DVDs. I've subscribed for a few months at a time, here and there.

You get an idea of how vast the warner brothers library is from perusing that site.

Many of the old movies from WB are being reissued as no-frills, quickly remastered DVDs that are as expensive as they are cheaply produced. Come to think of it, they may even be DVR-R. I guess the justification is this is the only way they can make a profit - by keeping production costs minimal and milking the film buffs. Netflix and Blockbuster can't afford to carry such titles.

I consider http://instant.warnerarchive.com/ to be a stick in the eye to consumers. They are offering about 1% of their archive, a collection that has already been digitized and could be easily streamed. I seriously doubt they have any intention of threatening their DVD business with a significant expansion.

The digital revolution has hardly ushered in a consumer's paradise.

To update Springsteen's line, "500 channels and nothing's on." Just because we have cheap technology now doesn't mean that the average person can afford to get to the content.
post #13 of 14
I bought "Gabriel Over the Whitehouse" and early 1930s movie from Warner Brother's services. Indeed it was a one off DVD-R. They did offer it as a WMV file or stream though.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Richard Burger View Post

Does anybody here subscribe to http://classicflix.com/ ?
It's more expensive than Netflix or Blockbuster, but it it gives you access to a lot of very expensive DVDs. I've subscribed for a few months at a time, here and there.

You get an idea of how vast the warner brothers library is from perusing that site.

Many of the old movies from WB are being reissued as no-frills, quickly remastered DVDs that are as expensive as they are cheaply produced. Come to think of it, they may even be DVR-R. I guess the justification is this is the only way they can make a profit - by keeping production costs minimal and milking the film buffs. Netflix and Blockbuster can't afford to carry such titles.

I consider http://instant.warnerarchive.com/ to be a stick in the eye to consumers. They are offering about 1% of their archive, a collection that has already been digitized and could be easily streamed. I seriously doubt they have any intention of threatening their DVD business with a significant expansion.

The digital revolution has hardly ushered in a consumer's paradise.

Yes, 'wmcclain' mentions ClassicFlix as a source for some of his pre-1980 movie reviews.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1197724/review-older-films-here-1979-and-earlier

I have purchased a few movies on DVD-R from WB - it's certainly cheaper for them than pressing a run of 3000 and then only selling 10 copies. It makes a film available that you would not have gotten anywhere else or in any other media format.

As far as your other comments are concerned it's hard to say how fast Warner Brothers going to ramp up their online streaming service. I think they are still testing the waters with their limited library offering and perhaps even testing the reliability of their servers, etc. - so to me it seems like it's still in beta mode. I even got a two week extension to the free trial 2 week period because some people were having problems streaming movies. All movies I've tried so far have played seamlessly.
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