RAMMS+EIN writes: "Dutch video rental shops Videoland and Movie Max will start offering movies for download in December, according to an article in the Dutch newspaper Trouw (automagic translation to English). Movies will be made available in DVD quality and/or HDTV quality. Three different options for downloading will be available: streaming, ahead-of-time with a 2-day limit for watching, and download with the ability to burn a copy to DVD. The last option, equivalent to buying the movie, will be offered at a rate 20% below current rates for buying the movie at the store, whereas the other options will be at the same price as current rentals. This move is expected to make physical video stores obsolete, and the chains have arranged to pay compensation to current franchisees."
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