and a download to own (DTO) movie company Film
Fresh announced today that Film Fresh will be the first online
store to sell major Hollywood movie titles in the secure and easy to
playback DivX format. The DivX format allows the films to be
downloaded to millions of DivX certified devices already on the
market from the PS3 to numerous PMPs and Blu-ray players.
films will be transferable on DVD, USB drives, and SD memory cards as
well as being streamable over a home network. Film Fresh offers a
wide variety of films from major studios like Lionsgate, Paramount
Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros.
partnership with DivX goes back to the founding of Film Fresh. We
have always believed that DivX offers the best download choice for
consumers, since it gives people the freedom to own and watch films
on a wide variety of electronic devices from many different
manufacturers,” said Rick Bolton, founder and Chief Executive
Officer of Film Fresh. “It's a good fit with Film Fresh's central
mission--expanding the audience for film. Download-to-own is going to
play a critical role in the future of film distribution, and Film
Fresh will provide the films people want to see, in whatever form
they want to see them."
Currently available titles for
purchase include films like Pineapple Express, 17 Again, 3:10 to
Yuma, Hancock and Watchmen and many more. The company also offers
titles from independent studios.
"Through our agreements
with Film Fresh and the studios, we are able to bring Hollywood
movies in the high-quality DivX format to U.S. consumers for the
first time," said Kevin Hell, Chief Executive Officer of DivX,
to Engadget, DRM for the DivX files is tied to a specific
user's ID, so playing back video files on more than one device should
not be an issue. Also, the movies will only initially be made
available with stereo sound which is quite a letdown for many
audiophiles out there.
quote: ...picture and sound quality in a cinema and even a good video system at home
quote: Film has a resolution
quote: I find most cinemas' acoustics better than even good home theaters.
quote: How does the number of people in a theater affect the resolution of the picture? The picture in a cinema has much more resolution and thus detail than even a 1080p video. It's a fact.
quote: Sorry... but what you say makes no sense...
quote: 1. No home theater has anywhere close to the resolution of a cinema.
quote: 2. No home theater has close to the size of the cinema screen.
quote: 3. No home theater (unless you live in a mansion and have built your own... but not if you really had to work at a cinema) has the acoustics of a cinema.
quote: 4. Again unless you are millionaire, but not on a cinema worker's wages, no home theater has the quality or power of speakers found even in an average cinema.
quote: You may prefer your home theater, but your preference is not based on rational facts.
quote: I am not sure what cinema you worked for, but no cineams I go to have the problems you mention to the extent you imply.I suspect you are just full of it.
quote: Wait... did your wife say you can't have an HT and you're trying to justify why you go to the theater? :P
quote: BTW, pricing will also kill BluRay. Most (mass consumers, not enthusiasts) don't see the value of an extra $10 per movie, and sales have been lackluster at best. Price it at $2-3 more, and you'll finally see BR really take off.
quote: Blu-ray Discs are showing some real clout. The action hit "Watchmen," from Warner Home Video, shot to the top of the national home video sales and rental charts its first week in stores, with 36% of its total unit sales coming from the high-definition edition.Universal Studios' "Coraline" snagged the No. 2 spot on all three charts -- the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert and Blu-ray Disc sales charts, and Home Media Magazine's rental chart -- and even though the edgy animated hit didn't play straight to the young-male demo that swarmed all over "Watchmen," a solid 18% of its unit sales came from Blu-ray Discs, a surprisingly strong showing that indicates the format is fast moving out of the early adopter phase and into the mainstream.
quote: Most major studies offer films on the service