Universal to put its movies online

“Universal expects to be able to offer movies online by the end of the year or early next year, company chairman and CEO Bob Wright said Tuesday. Speaking at a conference on piracy in London, Wright described the studio’s entry into online movie services as “something we have to do.” However, he cautioned, the studio’s entry into the Internet sphere must be accompanied by fail-safe methods to prevent the films from being copied and redistributed. ‘These movies are so expensive, we have to be careful,’ he said,” IMDb reports.

Full article here.
No other info on Universal’s plans (partners?) is yet available. Let the speculation begin!

Related article:
BBC 6 Music reports Apple video iPod to be unveiled in London next week – October 05, 2005

26 Comments

  1. “However, he cautioned, the studio’s entry into the Internet sphere must be accompanied by fail-safe methods to prevent the films from being copied and redistributed.”

    Oh…is that like the fail-safe copy protection currently on DVD’s?

  2. Stealing a little of Apple’s thunder are you Universal?

    That’s ok, I look forward to downloading and paying for reasonably priced content instead of these frigging Netfix dvd’s which 90% are scratched anyway.

    I think online movies will be less pirated than music, people watch a movie once and that’s it, music is listened to over and over.

    Movies take longer to decrypt, burn to dvd etc and the rewards are mimimal.

    Music is easier to copy and distribute due to it’s small size and the rewards are greater.

  3. Just make it an awesome experience and the money will pour in. The value added extras that could come with such a service would make it irresistable to both movie buffs and average Joes I’m sure. No doubt Apple is competing with MS and Sony for the living room, now is not the time to rest on the iPods success.

  4. Why doesn’t anyone understand that the only way to protect content is to make the distribution ubiquitous? If you can distribute content in a way that customers can actually use it, then your shiat won’t get stolen and turned into a format that people actually use.

  5. If they want to make money they will be talking to Apple – they get a huge benefit from Apple’s dominance in this (entertainment) area.

    One thing that I keep thinking about is that the majority of the potential customers will not have a video iPod and won’t for a fairly long time – me included.

    If I’m going to but the price has to be reasonable (like $1.99 for a rental that allows 3 viewings and is then automatically trashed) AND I have to be able to play it on my Macs. Before a business trip I would be happy to download a few movies that interest me for the hotel rooms. I have an 80GB portable HD that would work nicely. Hitting me with a $5 charge means I keep going to the used DVD/CD store to see what’s there.

  6. Will those looney tunes at Warner Brothers follow suit, or will Bronfman the Barbarian try to kill the movie download market before it’s even born? It must be awkward for Apple to be romancing the film division while fighting with the music division.

  7. “One thing that I keep thinking about is that the majority of the potential customers will not have a video iPod and won’t for a fairly long time – me included.”

    By the time Apple announces a video download service, they will also offer a user-friendly way to stream it to your home theater (they’ll have to if large numbers are to use it). Of course, you could watch it on your computer as well. There is no reason to have a video ipod if you use your content at home, as most people will.

  8. The movie companies have the music industry as an example. The question is, will they be willing to let Apple handle there content (after all, Apple got an A+ with iTMS), or will they want to make it their own to try and get more profits. My guess is that they will be greedy and attempt it on their own. And they will fail. The smart ones will let Apple handle it.

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