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Amazon has beaten Apple to the starting gate when it comes to movie download business, but that doesn’t ensure success. The service is getting mixed reviews. Techdirt calls it as “me too (read: not interesting) as you can get” and many believe that Apple will come-up […]

Amazon has beaten Apple to the starting gate when it comes to movie download business, but that doesn’t ensure success. The service is getting mixed reviews. Techdirt calls it as “me too (read: not interesting) as you can get” and many believe that Apple will come-up with a winning package. Others like CinemaNow are not sitting still, and there is the looming specter of Microsoft and its Zune line of offerings. Who will be the ultimate winner? You decide.

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  1. Ask Dave Taylor! Thursday, September 7, 2006

    What is the Amazon Unbox video store?…

    Okay, so I knew it was just a matter of time before someone came out with downloadable movies, but I never thought Amazon would be first out of the starting gate! However, I just read about the new Amazon Unbox video store, and darned if they haven’t …

  2. It’s too early to predict who will win the Movie download wars. End-to-end infrastructure for this is not yet ready. My prediction – this is going to be a highly fragmented market. No matter how much I wish Apple was the winner, this time it’s not going to be easy for his Steveness!

  3. Dimitar Vesselinov Friday, September 8, 2006

    P2P?

  4. The winner in the movie download space will be the player that allows for convenient viewing on PCs, mobile devices, and on your TV. Unbox does not appear to be the service that will provide this flexibility.

    For movie downloads to become mass market, the convenient integration with the TV must be in place. (Only us geeks will be happy to view movies on our laptops long term!) The question is, who will bring this to the market first, Microsoft with Zune/XBOX/Media Center or Apple with “one more thing” next week?

    We are also covering this at Amazon Unbox launched; pieces of the puzzle missing

  5. Netflix!

    (But I voted Apple.)

  6. Was Apple really “beaten” to the gate? Sure, it’s available 4 days before Apple’s store, but besides tech sites and some major newspapers, this was a quiet launch that seems to be premature (lots are experiencing bugs and timeouts). And the store is selling TV content (folowing APPLE’S MODEL)… where Apple has a 35 million + lead.

    Apple is already getting the press and the word out through every media outlet from Variety to the Financial News Sites to rumor sites to mainstream local news programs, etc… Next week the amount of attention will be absurd. A few weeks after that Apple will announce a million movie downloads while Amazon remains quiet.

    And how come AOL who got a “big lead” on all the download sites didn’t even make the poll?

  7. Is Apple planning on selling full resolution video material?

    The video ITMS distributes now looks great on an iPod, mediocre on a 15 inch laptop monitor and like total crap on on a 42 inch plasma display.

    Selling sub DVD resolution video, that takes hours to download, for full price is not something I’d pay for.

  8. tf… good catch. all i can say about not including AOL… oops.

  9. I think Apple will get home media distributin right, but it may not be obvious how at this early date. Amazon does pose a threat, evidenced by some very creative thinking behind their S3 and EC2 platforms. The same thinking, and internal corporate freedom to go beyond online retailing, can be applied to home distribution.

    One thing seems clear: Microsoft, despite her past successes, is no longer the best looking girl at the party. And there’s little she can do but watch and remember what was. A lesson to all those who grew accustomed to accepting the invitations, but never showed any respect for the ones who brung you.

  10. Om, Something particular about the Amazon/unbox store is that you can ( at least as far a I know) download movies from everywhere – That means outside the US, Southamerica, and probably all Europe-.
    The iTunes Stores are tailored to each country and it is not posible for a person outside the “suppoerted countries” to buy songs unless he has an American, English, etc, based credit card.
    So for somebody in Mexico or Argentina , there is only one download service : Amazon’s
    I don’t know if that is intended or not but to me is a good thing…

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