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Warner Film Rentals On Facebook

It appears that the Warner film rentals on Facebook are not yet available to Canadians.

I’ve checked the The Dark Knight rental and the site says that it is unavailable for my country or region, so i’m guessing they’re still experimenting.

I suspect that Canadian will not be able to rent from Facebook for some time, which is a shame really because the $3 fee is pretty decent, though I already own The Dark Knight on DVD.

Cloud Film/TV Distribution

Six major film and television studios have partnered to bring a new technology to the market, allowing users to view television episodes and film on multiple devices with the ability to share this programming with six friends or relatives.

Ultraviolet is the industry’s response to a reduction of sales of DVDs and Blu-rays in the United States in 2010, down 3% to 18.8 billion.

Starting this summer, they’re hoping to transition from DVDs to this more flexible online distribution to take advantage of the booming digital downloads and streaming sales and rentals. And they have 46 retailers and device manufacturers on board, including Best Buy, Comcast, Samsung, and Toshiba.

There are two major hold outs at the moment though : Apple and Disney.

Apple had its own service but they are expecting to sign on because they allow Netflix already on some onf their devices.

Disney, on the other hand, has their own plans, for a similar technology called KeyChest, which is partly owned by Steve Jobs.

According to Mitch Singer of Sony, Ultraviolet will be fully implemented by 2011, allowing people to view material on cell phones, tablets, video game consoles and computers. And by 2012 they expect to have Ultraviolet software built into portable devices.

Cineplex Now Offering Online Movie Rentals

Film rentals and purchases are now available to Canadians via the Cineplex store site, some of them discounted, or even free, with Scene point redemption.

But to view this content you will need to install the Cineplex Media Manager, which is not available yet for Mac and Linux machines, and have Windows Media Player 11 installed.

The content downloaded from this web site is therefore limited to Windows machines (Windows XP SP2/newer, Vista or 7), Plays for Sure devices that can sync a 1500K video and the Xbox 360.

The site states they will be expanding their compatibility shortly.

“DVDs are wasteful” says James Cameron

According to an article published by D.I.S.H Information, James Cameron believes DVDs will eventually fade as a consumer product and will be replaced by downloads.

This may be true in the United States, causing Blockbuster to consider bankruptcy in that country. But we’re unfortunately still tied to the medium here in Canada because of the lack of affordable, unlimited internet.

Blaming piracy many of this country’s major internet providers have capped the file transfers their customers can make, even at times reducing these caps without the customer’s knowledge. And this is delaying the implementation and use of legal movie downloads in Canada.

Canadians face the possibility of additional fees when their transfer limits are surpassed, in some cases up to $2 per additional gig. But some of these internet providers apparently think their customers are stupid enough to believe they should pay more for less, when more legal material is being made available to them online.

Even now my internet provider is attempting to have me sign onto their new “deals” which will reduce my transfer limit from 60 to 25 gigs, using the premise that I would have faster downloads and possibly access to IPTV in the future. And of course these are promotional rates, which means I would be subjected to a significantly higher regular rate in a year, if not six months.

No thanks ! I’m going to stick to my DVD rentals.

Roger Ebert Hates 3-D Movies

On April 29th Roger Ebert posted his comments on the 3D film trend on his Newsweek column. And quite frankly I agree with most of what he had said.

3D appears to be a gimmick that Hollywood appears to think will make the consumer forget that their film plots are being recycled (ex. Dances With Tall Blue Aliens In Space).

So what if it pops out of the screen ?! There are limitations, especially when a person has astigmatism like yours truly. And I’m not about to pay more to become some beta tester.