Warner Bros launches paid streaming service for old movies, shows

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David
http://instant.warnerarchive.com/index.html
                                            
gtr
They're gonna have to come up with more than that...
                                            
Ian
Yeah, if someone puts together a *serious* (i.e. *huge*) archive of 
"old" stuff (and I start earning more money again...  :/  ), I might be 
willing to pop for something like this. 

But it's the "MEGA-library", or BUST! 
They can't half-ass this, and expect it to work...
                                            
Obveeus
Unfortunately, it looks very much like the exact opposite of what you want 
is what will happen.  Every studio is going to set up their own 'pay 
internet porthole' just as every studio is looking to sign exclusive 
contracts with pay-cable/Netflix/whatever outlets.  The result is that you 
won't ever find anything 'all in one place' and more than likely the places 
you have to look are going to keep getting further and further subdivided, 
just like basic cable.
                                            
David
Well it won't be the future if it doesn't work, and I don't see how it
could.
                                            
Dave
I was going to give it a try but it's US only and I'm in Canada.

Dave M
                                            
anim8rFSK
In article 


"We're half-assing it" has been the motto of the Warner MOD program from 
the start.  No extras, no fancy menus, no restoration, no Macs allowed 
(streaming or disc, although they addressed the latter some), not much 
of a roll out (I'd understand the limited selection more if they were 
doing something special to them, but as it's just 'dump and move on'), 
ludicrous promises gone unfulfilled (yeah, you're doing the entire 
SEARCH TV series.  Suuuure you are) ...
                                            
Bastette
> In article 

 >> 

 >> > 
 >> > > http://instant.warnerarchive.com/index.html
 >> > 
 >> > They're gonna have to come up with more than that...
 >> 
 >> Yeah, if someone puts together a *serious* (i.e. *huge*) archive of 
 >> "old" stuff (and I start earning more money again...  :/  ), I might be 
 >> willing to pop for something like this. 
 >> 
 >> But it's the "MEGA-library", or BUST! 
 >> They can't half-ass this, and expect it to work...

 > "We're half-assing it" has been the motto of the Warner MOD program from 
 > the start.  No extras, no fancy menus, no restoration, no Macs allowed 
 > (streaming or disc, although they addressed the latter some),


No Macs? Meaning, you can't use a Mac as the Internet-to-TV converter?
(As well as where you run the GUI, etc.)

Why not?

Bastette
                                            
anim8rFSK
The streaming was a windows player on the site; had a 'systems 
requirement' pop up box that said windows only.  You could, however, 
watch the trailers and/or previews, so it didn't *have* to be that way.  
The early discs (haphazardly) refused to mount on Macs; I don't know if 
they wouldn't work in PCs and were intended for dedicated players or not.
                                            
super70s
Some of Universal's older movies on DVD won't even have a menu either, 
you just stick them in and they start playing in a loop.

How much does it cost to make up a simple menu that just has "play" and 
"setup" and some still from the movie anyway, a couple hundred bucks?
                                            
gtr
Same as hiring a teller, which the financial industry is continuously 
reluctant to do.
                                            
anim8rFSK
Hell, Macs do it automatically with templates.
                                            
David
The only way they can release those DVDs on-demand is by not spending
any money on promotion or extras. Otherwise it wouldn't make sense
financially and they'd never be made available. It's not half-assing,
it's been their pitch all along.
                                            
anim8rFSK
It being their pitch doesn't mean it's not half assing.