downloadable movies, but not for mac

by eug
April 3, 2006 3:51 AM
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Today's major Movielink announcement that all of the Hollywood studios (except Disney) will release movies for VOD download at the same time they come out on DVD is disappointing news for Mac users who will have to wait until Apple announces its iTunes program for movie downloading. A visit to the Movielink site reads:

"In order to enjoy the Movielink service, you must use Windows 2000 or XP, which support certain technologies we utilize for downloading movies."
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  • Joe Cantwell | April 5, 2006 4:43 AMReply

    As a Mac user and an exec at a company in the movie downloading business, I can tell you that the primary reason Apple customers aren't able to access this content is Apple. We built our new service Vongo to work for the Mac OSX platform but we need Apple's FairPlay DRM to deliver the content according to our programming agreements. Apple won't release FairPlay to third parties.

  • craig zobel | April 4, 2006 4:37 AMReply

    yeah- Google Video too. I know a guy who got a deal with Google Video for selling his feature on the site. I was going to download it but I found this in the FAQ:
    "Can I use a Mac to watch videos I've purchased?

    No. If you have a Mac, you can't watch purchased, copy-protected videos. At this time, you can only watch videos that aren't copy-protected."