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Goodbye, GreenCine, Hello Apple iTunes Movie Rentals!
Topic by: hamano
Posted: January 15, 2008 - 7:11 PM PST
Last Reply: May 6, 2008 - 10:08 AM PDT

author topic: Goodbye, GreenCine, Hello Apple iTunes Movie Rentals!
post #1  on January 15, 2008 - 7:11 PM PST  
Yeah, okay, I'm just kidding... there are still a whole lotta stuff on GC that you can't "rent" from iTunes. But y'all know I've been a major Mac booster here ever since I joined GC, and finally here is Apple's answer to you guys, who picked a VOD system that won't work on my iMac.

Anyway, the Apple iTunes Movie Rentals store is a GREAT alternative for those films you've been getting from netflix or blockbusters or hollywood video. And you can get HD movies from them, too! Freakin' awesome!

No iPorn yet, though. Yet.

The other cool thing they unveiled today was the Time Capsule, a 500GB or 1TB hard drive built into an Airport wifi base station, so you can do wireless backups really easily! COOL!
post #2  on January 18, 2008 - 2:21 AM PST  
> On January 15, 2008 - 7:11 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> No iPorn yet, though. Yet.
> ---------------------------------

Probably because they know about YouPorn and don't want to compete against that business model. They be giving it away!

But still, the bandwidth thang. I have mobile boardband from Sprint. I'm in a hole in the EVDO coverage where I am lucky to get 500mbps (1x10^6 bits per second) downstream, often less. Neither Greencine's nor Netflix VOD will work.

So I found this legal HD on BitTorrent, "Elephants Dream" right? It is on the hard drive, no bandwidth worries. Wrong.

It won't play. It is over 800 megs for this 10 minute CGI film and it cannot play on my 10K rpm SCSI with dual 1.8mHz Xeon's, 800mHz RDRAM.

Why, oh why I cry? Is it the Windows 2000 or the QCD player?

But it acts just like the time I tried to play an uncompressed 480p video once, on a 1 gig PIII system. Stutter-city. Still meant take 30 minutes to play this 10 minute film.

Tonight, I will try recoding it in Xvid. I should probably defrag, too.

What kind of computer does it take to play HD smoothly?
post #3  on January 18, 2008 - 10:17 PM PST  
Are you using Windows Media Player? If so, you should try VLC or mplayer (both free open source apps with windoze versions) to see if they work better. Unless your file is locked behind the Windows Media DRM or Rights Manager or whatever crap Microsoft cooked up....
post #4  on January 18, 2008 - 10:27 PM PST  
Vanamonde, look at this list of media players showing which video formats they support. You need a player (like mplayer or VLC) that is green/yes all the way across. QCD (Quintessential Player) only supports MPEG-1 and WMV video formats. That's a big problem. QCD/Quintessential is still basically an audio player and doesn't do video very well.
post #5  on January 20, 2008 - 7:12 PM PST  
I'm with you. I have a Mac and hate that none of the VOD companies (GreenCine, Movielink, CinemaNow) support the Mac platform, and don't seem to be planning to do so anytime soon.

I'll be using iTunes for the stuff in my GreenCine list that are red or orange or that I want to see in a really big hurry. Otherwise, I will use GC mostly for the hard-to-find stuff, or stuff iTunes doesn't carry. It's nice to have options, and I'm sure other GCers will be happy that they don't have to compete with me for the hard to get new stuff.
post #6  on May 6, 2008 - 10:08 AM PDT  
iTunes is now offering movies for download THE SAME DAY the DVD versions are being released....

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