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Zediva -- serious threat to netflix or joke?

 
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Zediva -- serious threat to netflix or joke?
« on: March 16, 2011, 12:08:42 PM »

I don't get it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011, 08:41:34 PM »

Step 1: Exploit loophole in law to threaten dominant player in the market

Step 2: Continue to exploit loophole through years of legislative and court battles

Step 3: PROFIT when dominant player just buys you out to avoid the hassle.
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Re: Zediva -- serious threat to netflix or joke?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2011, 06:23:28 AM »

Step 1: Exploit loophole in law to threaten dominant player in the market

Step 2: Continue to exploit loophole through years of legislative and court battles

Step 3: PROFIT when dominant player just buys you out to avoid the hassle.



I'm sure that somehow hollywood/netflix will make it a legal thing, but I don't see what's illegal/loophole about it.
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Re: Zediva -- serious threat to netflix or joke?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2011, 06:42:52 AM »

The loophole is that Zediva doesn't have to pay for the rights for digital streaming because they are using a CD as the source instead of a digital file.
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Re: Zediva -- serious threat to netflix or joke?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2011, 07:42:15 AM »

The loophole is that Zediva doesn't have to pay for the rights for digital streaming because they are using a CD as the source instead of a digital file.

DVD is just a holder medium of a digital file.  It's legal to rent them out physically if you buy them (Netflix, Blockbuster, etc....) they're just sending the contents to the customer the fastest way possible.  As I read it, they aren't allowing more than 1 viewer (customer, obviously) per disc while in use--- some titles can even be "unavailable" if rented out.   Slingbox is legal.  This seems to essentially combine the 2 concepts. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2011, 07:48:30 AM »

I was just reading that their site crashed and most of the titles were unavailable when it came back up yesterday.

It seems like a flawed concept from the start: When somebody clicks on the 'Watch' button, somebody at Zediva has to run down the hall, grab the CD and put it in a player?

Sounds pretty high tech to me!
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2011, 07:51:40 AM »

I was just reading that their site crashed and most of the titles were unavailable when it came back up yesterday.

It seems like a flawed concept from the start: When somebody clicks on the 'Watch' button, somebody at Zediva has to run down the hall, grab the CD and put it in a player?

Sounds pretty high tech to me!

I also read it crashed, and I wondered from posting the otherday if they can handle demand-- obviously they will never offer BluRay as the bitrate is ~5-10x higher than DVD--- 99.99% of people in USA don't have internet capable of that.  As for the "person clicking play"  I'm sure its fully automated, network controlled.

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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2011, 09:55:42 AM »

Here's how much I know: Apparently, there are DVD players that hold 500 discs?

It still seems like they would only play one at a time. It just seems really unwieldy and overly complex?
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Re: Zediva -- serious threat to netflix or joke?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2011, 11:44:18 AM »

I'm usually for "sticking it to the man", but this seems like a misguided use of technology. They're really not providing a better user experience. Their technology is to circumvent archaic IP laws. All the power to them though.
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