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Movie Burning Kiosks Coming To Retailers 173

Vitaly Friedman writes "The motion picture industry is in talks with some major retailers about installing DVD burning kiosks in stores. It's an interesting idea, but one that almost entirely misses the point. Hollywood's movie distribution system is in dire need of a fix - very few will dispute that. Movie attendance has been suffering, DVD sales are slumping, and all the industry has managed to do is come up with a half-baked, unpopular download service and a scant handful of simultaneous releases. In another attempt to sort of give consumers what they want, the motion picture industry is thinking about allowing retailers to set up in-store kiosks for distribution."
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Movie Burning Kiosks Coming To Retailers

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  • by babbling ( 952366 ) on Sunday June 04, 2006 @07:44AM (#15465804)
    Now that Skype [] offers free calls to US numbers until the end of the year, why not drop the MPAA a line and let them know what's on your mind? Maybe we can all check in on them daily and thank them for their efforts!

    Oh, and if you'd be so kind, could you also let them know that The Pirate Bay is back up? They seem to still be under the impression that it's down... (PDF link) []

    Oh. You might need their numbers []:
    Washington: (202) 293-1966
    LA: (818) 995-6600
    New York (listed as their "anti-piracy office"): (914) 378-0800
  • by Zemran ( 3101 ) on Sunday June 04, 2006 @08:10AM (#15465867) Homepage Journal
    There nothing new here but the quality is shite.
  • Re:Adaptation (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 04, 2006 @08:48AM (#15465965)
    Actually, at least in europe Olivetti was manufacturing computers and accessories at least until 1999, when they were bought out.
  • How this could work (Score:3, Informative)

    by Simonetta ( 207550 ) on Sunday June 04, 2006 @11:07AM (#15466476)
    All the points above are valid and each will nulify any business plan that Hollywood had planned for this service.

    This plan can only work if the films being distributed are:
        - Not available from Hollywood. This is great for the thousands of films made in Europe and India that don't get any distribution or review in the USA. The disadvantage of distributing films (or anything in the 'long tail') in this manner is that noone knows which few titles are good, and which of the remaining ones are mediocre.

        - Significantly cheaper than the current pre-pressed DVD distribution of blockbusters mode of business. Perhaps an 'eBay'-type of auction for little known titles whereby the highest bid after a day would get the opportunity to pickup the DVD-ROM with the downloaded and formatted film from the video store distribution point. The local video store would get half the auction price for the burning service against a minimum guaranteed price that would be made by the film distributor. Many details need to be worked out, but this major change in business model could work.

        Ah, but there's the rub.... It requires a major change in the mentality of the entertainment industry for a major change in the business model to occur. However, we all know that can never happen until they are either all bankrupt (unlikely with receipts at record levels) or some big company like Apple tricks or talks them into it.

Solutions are obvious if one only has the optical power to observe them over the horizon. -- K.A. Arsdall