In respect to iTV, Media Extenders for Windows Media Center and third party digital media adapters have been doing this duty for over two years now. What’s so revolutionary (at least these days) about a device that streams videos from your PC to your TV wirelessly? (Personally, I like the no PC required model by MediaMall.)
And what’s up with the 640×480 movie downloads? Like anyone believes that they’re really “near DVD” quality (true DVDs display 720×480 video at 4Mbps). I guess there’s a sucker born every minute. And the worst part is they want you to pay “near” retail price for a movie ($14.99 for new releases, $9.99 for catalog) that has no DVD extras and is encumbered by DRM. Oh, I’m sorry… movies that have the same “usage rights” as TV shows. NO THANK YOU!
If this were a rental service which had drastically reduced prices (see GUBA | Video Interview) or had subscriptions available for unlimited downloads (see VONGO), I’d be more open-minded. But at this point, downloading movies from any online service to keep is just an ugly proposition.
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