How many of us have signed up for Amazon Unbox?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by BlackBetty, Mar 9, 2007.

Have you signed up for Amazon Unbox?

  1. Already Have

    251 vote(s)
    78.7%
  2. Not yet, But I plan on it

    17 vote(s)
    5.3%
  3. Never. I don't see any use for it.

    37 vote(s)
    11.6%
  4. What is Amazon Unbox?

    14 vote(s)
    4.4%
  1. xnevergiveinx

    xnevergiveinx New Member

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    i find it sorta copywrite breaking to have the "save to VCR" option in the menu. i haven't used it yet, but i will try to save the video to my capture card on my computer, i wonder if its macrovision protected
     
  2. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Used my $15 to get Stranger than fiction (doh.....should have done rentals). Anyways, I will consider it for rentals at the $1.99 price point. Anything more and I am still likely to go to Blockbuster....
     
  3. Grandpasteve

    Grandpasteve New Member

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    I wasted my credit on Borat as well, what a terrible thing to do - I'm glad I did not spend real money on that POS.
     
  4. Grandpasteve

    Grandpasteve New Member

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    This is a nasty surprise - I am in the same situation as you, I don't have access to any premium content. This really sucks.
     
  5. HDTiVo

    HDTiVo Not so Senior Member

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    I wouldn't count on the selection you get with Netflix, but I can see someone cutting back a Netflix subscription and using Unbox some.
     
  6. HDTiVo

    HDTiVo Not so Senior Member

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    I heard Rogers say thousands had signed up so far (3/12) if my hearing is any good. Seeing 207 on this poll, I can certainly believe that translating to several thousand in the real world.
     
  7. mike3775

    mike3775 Active Member

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    I used my credit on Saw III, and I wasn't disappointed at all. The quality was fine enough for me and the ease was nice.

    I would probably use it more often if it was a monthly thing like Netflix though.
     
  8. puckettcg

    puckettcg New Member

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    I think the service is fantastic - but agree with others who have said the service is geared toward a more mainstream audience. Downloaded 5 episodes of Veronica Mars yesterday to a box have that is strictly used in the kids playroom - no cable/no recording, just for MRV'ing my kids shows. The TV is a typical 27" CRT - and the picture looked better than the MRV'd content. Of course, I don't record typically at Best, but generally the next level down. My teenager, who is addicted to the show, was ecstatic. I do TIVO a lot of things, but I sometimes find out about a show late, and I like being able to quickly catch up on episodes we may have missed. I can really see some value in this service over the summer when the major networks go on hiatus. I already buy a decent number of TV show DVD box sets - I can totally see going this route in the future.

    I may use this for an occasional rental movie (1 a month tops) - but if they offer anamorphic widescreen (doesn't even have to be HD), I'd probably rent 3-4 movies per month. (In case anyone from unbox is trolling the boards). I would probably even buy 5-10 movies per year assuming the selection was there.

    You got to figure though that more than half, if not significantly more than that, of new TV's are widescreen. While it will take a while for all TV's to be replaced, the first widescreen that enters the house becomes the place to watch movies - it won't be long before most households have at least one widescreen TV.
     
  9. RfromP

    RfromP New Member

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    Same here. Has anyone tried transferring to the TiVo Desktop and did it work?

    I would think it wouldn't be allowed for rentals but for purchases it should be permissable.
     
  10. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    It will never be possible considering Amazon doesn't even allow that for PC purchases. They let you burn the drm'd file to DVD but their licenses with the studios prevent allowing users to burn to DVD as a video. If they allowed burning of DVDs, then there would be no point to having DRM.
     
  11. Weapon X

    Weapon X New Member

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    I just registered today but I doubt I will use it beyond the 15.00 credit.

    Anybody know if there is a time limit to use the credit or if it can be used on more then one instance?????
    If I miss a episode of 24 and use it once will I have a credit of the balance?
     
  12. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

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    I'm really only looking at catching up with some mainstream movies that I miss. I know that Netflix has a great selection, but my guess is that if Unbox shows success, the movie selection will only continue to grow and at least they'll get the major stuido releases.
     
  13. BarryD99

    BarryD99 New Member

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    I signed up and think this is the first useful option that Tivo has added since offering internet connection. Finally a step forward for Tivo.

    However, having said that, Amazon had very few new movies available for RENTAL that I had an interest in and
    hadn' t either already rented from Blockbuster or seen in the movies. I have no desire to purchase movies through this service and if new movies are available for rental first at Blockbuster, I'll continue to rent them there. For the movies I purchase, I'll continue to buy DVDs on sale, after they have dropped to the five to ten dollar price range.
     
  14. knightl

    knightl New Member

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    i have fired off several emails to amazon customer service criticising their :
    lack of content
    lack of rental content
    lack of 16:9 dd5.1 content
    (we won't even start with hd)

    all i get back are form email responses.
    this service is one step up from worthless.
    i can't think that the sd audience can be that impressed,
    i don't like the quality of the sd movies on my sd tv.
     
  15. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    I don't know of a download service that has more content from the major studios than Amazon. Can you name one?
     
  16. mike3775

    mike3775 Active Member

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    I agree.

    If I pay for it, I should be able to save it to DVD on my own. They should allow it to be burned/transferred one time only or something because I don't think its fair that I am being asked to pay money to purchase something and not be able to save it myself.
     

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