End of the Video Store?

We’ve known for a long time that the end of the Video store was inevitable (interesting how they’ve kept that name, despite the fact that the number of actual video-cassettes in such a store is usually now very tiny; the bulk of the stock being DVDs). Today a small article in the Business Section of the New York Times brings it closer. Warner Brothers are going to start making movies and TV shows available over the Internet, starting this summer. Warner are doing this through BitTorent – the software most used for illegal downloading of movies. If you can’t beat’em, join ’em!


  1. “They will be prevented from copying and distributing files they purchase through two mechanisms: one that requires them to enter a password before watching a file, and another that allows the file to be viewed only on the computer to which it was downloaded.”

    I doubt this is going to be the deathknell to either physical video stores or P2P filesharing. This service sounds very similar to BMG’s german In2Music service. If it is the same, the customer gets DRM-encumbered movies with lower quality and none of the extras at about the same price as a DVD.

    I applaud that the movie studios are finally starting to provide legal download services, it should have happened several years ago. But this particular service doesn’t sound quite good enough. Half the price of a DVD, same quality, no DRM or at least the possibility of burning the movie to a standard DVD should do the trick. It worked for iTunes.