This was such a terrific bit of snark from my favorite tech blog, GMSV, that I had to reproduce it in total:
Only Hollywood in its 20th century box could conceive of a
digital distribution model for films that bleeds away all consumer advantage
and convenience while preserving the economies that guarantee the industry
higher margins. Facing intense pressure from Apple and others eager to
distribute online, the major Hollywood studios have finally embraced digital
Today, Movielink and CinemaNow, tinsel town’s two movie-download
services, will begin offering
us the ability to download and own films from the Internet on the same day that
they are released on DVD. But those films will cost significantly more than
their DVD counterparts (newer releases on Movielink are priced between $20 and
$30) and they won’t contain extras that are typically included on the disks.
downloads can’t be burned onto disks that can be played on other devices, such
as DVD players and gaming consoles. Sure, you can burn a backup DVD of the
movie and keep it for as long as you care to on your computer. But if
you’d like to watch it on your TV, you must connect the two, which can be a
real inconvenience when the devices are in separate rooms. Nice, eh? Leave it to
Hollywood to offer consumers less while charging them more for it.
Of course, Hollywood doesn’t see it that way. "This really is a
transformative moment in the distribution of filmed entertainment content," Paramount
Digital Entertainment President Thomas Lesinski said. "Hollywood has finally
made a real commitment to sell films online and embrace the digital consumer."
The Internet really has come of age, hasn’t it?