Wednesday, April 27, 2011

DirecTV, Dish deliver first run movies faster than ever. Is that good for the business?

Remember when you used to have to wait awhile for a first-run movie to be available via a PPV movie service?

Those days are gone.

DirecTV recently launched "Home Premiere" which will bring first run movies to its customers 60 days after they are released in theaters. Currently, DirecTV has Cedar Rapids and Just Go With It available to customers for $29.99 for a 48-hour rental.

Is $30 too much? Could you wait another four weeks for the Blu-Ray? Could you go to the $1 (or $2) movie instead? Those are individual questions, but at least having the option is intriguing, especially if you have a family. Have you tried taking, say, your family of four to the local metroplex? It can get expensive quickly, and that's before you buy a $5 soda.

For its part, Dish will premiere the new film Passion Play on the same it hits theaters May 6. The film is about an angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster. It will be $5.99 for HD and $4.99 for standard def.

The film stars Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox ("Transformers" and "Jennifer's Body).

8 comments:

Logic said...
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Logic said...

Let's say you get a group of friends together and have them each contribute a little to the pot. Enough people would more than cover the cost of rental for less than it would cost them individually to see the flick in theaters. The experience of watching a new film in the privacy of one's home where one can be as noisy and as chatty as one wants would also be appealing to some.

And I know I've wished I could pause or rewind when I'm in a theater and miss a line of dialogue or am confused by a storyline. Yes, it's a neat idea.

connan said...

Now since DISH Network bought out Blockbuster new DISH Network customers can get 3 free months of Blockbuster rentals by mail and some are movies are available 28 days before Netflix and Redbox gets them! DISH Network has better programming then this just in there Dish Platinum package you get EPIX 1 and 2, Sony Movie Channel, HD Net Movies, and MGM just to name a few they have endless Hollywood and Blockbuster hits in HD and there HD channels are free! DISH Network is the best TV provider that I have ever been with and a co-worker at DISH told me that customers that have HBO and Cinemax can watch HBO GO and MAX GO on dishonline.com for no charge. Check this out www.dish.com.

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Aashu said...

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Red of wall quotes said...

I think $30 is too much. I'd rather wait for Blu-Ray.

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