Mossberg: MovieBeam “Smart Solution” For Some Users

Not a rave review from WSJ’s Walt Mossberg but enough potential pull quotes to help newly independent MovieBeam along. Mossberg doesn’t like the lack of choice when it comes to stocking a MovieBeam box; he’s been told users will get to customize the list a little by selecting some older films via an online catalog. He also hit on one of the biggest differences between MovieBeam (and some other services) and Netflix or local venues for renting DVDs: a selection limited by windowing, studio deals (still no Sony)and hard drive. And MovieBeam is missing the DVD extras for most films so far.
But Mossberg sees MovieBeam as a viable non-PC means of receiving digital movies, going straight to the set-top and the TV rather than relying on potentially slow downloads that go into a computer: “MovieBeam is a smart solution for users who don’t like the hassles of renting DVDs, and don’t want to fool with their computers for downloading movies.”
That addresses the tech side but it will be a while we know if there are enough of those users to make MovieBeam viable — and profitable — for its investors, including former parent Disney.

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