Now this is an interesting idea:
MovieBeam customers have purchased a $199 (U.S.) box on which 100 movies are stored at any time. Most titles are offered day and date with the home video version, which Izzard said was a first for high-definition digital distribution, and cost the same as pay-per-view.
The service replaces 10 movies each week, using technology called datacasting that piggybacks onto the unused parts of television broadcast signals to deliver 75 gigabytes a week without affecting TV reception.
Sadly for me, I can’t test this new system out because it is only in the US. Even when I tried to go to their website I got a stopper page telling me that since i’m in Canada I can’t even look around. Bastards.
But seriously… I think people like Netflix and Blockbuster should be shaking in their proverbial boots right about now. This sounds like a fantastic system and I’ll be curious to see how MovieBeam does and how the market responds to them.