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King Kong Launches Video Downloads

Published March 23, 2006 in DVD News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
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When iTunes was first established there were many who thought it as a risky trade. Considering that most youth have already established away to steal music online for free, why on Earth would they pay a fee for music they have to download? Well, besides the fact that downloading a CD is cheaper than going to a store and buying it, the iTunes craze has set in with the music industry thanks to its ease and efficiency. Once you have a credit card on file, all you have to do is point and click the music you want; making you forget you are actually paying for these files.

With this type of success it was only a matter of time before feature films offered the ability to download as well.

King Kong Kicks Off Universal Download

According to Reuters, Universal Pictures plans to launch a new service in April that will allow users to download film such as King Kong. However, unlike iTunes music purchases, there are hard copies available in Universal's system.

When you purchase a video for download, not only will begin downloading the film immediately but you will also be given one copy for a portable device plus a hard-copy (DVD) in the mail.

Universal's download service will be similar to the rental service established by Warner Bros. However, unlike the Warner Bros. downloads, the Universal films will never expire.

Though the service sounds great, the studio execs still cringe at the fact of having a digital copy of their films streamed across the net.

For the time being, Universal has handled the piracy issue by Microsoft's digital rights management technology. The technology is made to prevent the duplication of videos, burning them to disc or uploading them to the internet.

The only issue we see with the new system is hard drive capacity. Unlike music files which take up about three megabytes, a high-definition video can take up to 6GB (~6,000MB) of hard drive space. Once you download yourself about ten videos you might find it time to purchase a new hard drive.

The only solution we can see is the fact that you will also receive a hard copy of the DVD later; allowing you to delete the files off of your own computer.

King Kong will be one of the first films to undergo Universal's new distribution list along with films such as (browncoats are you listening?) Serenity.

The new system will begin in the UK around early April and is expected to cost the same price as a standard DVD movie. Though there is no word on release to the states, the price for the US is expected to be about $10 more than your standard DVD purchase.

Stay tuned for updates.

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