Would you pay $25+ for an HD PPV?

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by AbMagFab, Mar 5, 2006.

Would you pay $25+ for HD PPV?

  1. Yes, it would be a great use of my Home Theater

    3 vote(s)
  2. Maybe if it were released within 30 days

    5 vote(s)
  3. Maybe if it were released simultaneously

    48 vote(s)
  4. Never - HD PPV is fine today; $5 for delayed versus $30 even for simultaneous is no contest

    100 vote(s)
  5. I can wait for the DVD rentals - HD PPV isn't that much better than a DVD

    43 vote(s)
  6. I enjoy going to the theater - that's the whole point!

    9 vote(s)
  1. Mar 5, 2006 #1 of 23

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

    Feb 5, 2001


    News, Corp announced yet another new service, claiming it's in their strategy of targeting the high-end consumer. They plan to release HD PPV movies 60-days after commercial release, closing more of the gap between commercial release, current PPV, and DVD release.

    What do you think?
  2. Mar 6, 2006 #2 of 23
    Lee L

    Lee L Got Basenji?

    Oct 1, 2003
    Morrisville, NC
    I might if it were released simultaneously, especially if it was under $20.
  3. Mar 6, 2006 #3 of 23

    lutton New Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    I'd do it for opening night. I think the trick would be to do it for opening night or opening weekend only.

    Between annoying people, movie ticket prices, hiring the babysitter, consession prices and service from cranky teens, I'd much rather spend the money to enjoy a great film at home.
  4. Mar 6, 2006 #4 of 23

    BGLeduc Member

    Aug 26, 2003
    New Mexico
    No way in hell....they're nuts.

    $5 delayed is just fine with me....I just wish I could schedule it via HDTivo more than 24 hours in advance.

    IMHO, or course!

  5. Mar 6, 2006 #5 of 23

    kjnorman Enjoying being a Dad

    Jun 21, 2002


    I would not spend $25 on this.

    My wife is not so keen on watching films at home, even though my modest set up is nice enough, my wife like the whole going out and cinema experience thing.

    I myself would be happy about getting a projector set up and doing HD PPV delayed if it was high bandwidth, dts/dd sound and did not need HDMI. But that is not going to happen in our house any time soon....
  6. Mar 6, 2006 #6 of 23

    slydog75 Not all that sly

    Jul 8, 2004
    Warminster, PA
    Why must it not use HDMI?
  7. Mar 6, 2006 #7 of 23

    DCBnG New Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Maybe if it were simultaneous, but only on nights when we were having people over, etc.... I ain't gonna spend more than we would by just going to the movies, so there would have to be a few people over. I'll bet it would be a big winner with bigger families though.
  8. Mar 6, 2006 #8 of 23

    rkester a rkester says what?

    Jan 10, 2005
    tulsa area,...
    I would if it was simultaneous or witin the week of theatre release, and only if I had friends over who were helping to pay for it.

    And obviously a movie I wanted to see.
  9. Mar 6, 2006 #9 of 23

    dwynne New Member

    Mar 11, 2002
    My 3 out a time plan with Netflix is $15.99 a month and we average about 12 movies a month if we watch them and return them fairly quickly.

    For those prices we don't go to the theater much and certainly would not pay $25 for a single movie in HD PPV.

    Movie prices here are high, but not nearly as bad as places like LA or NYC - so I could see some interest in places with really high prices or folks with lots of kids to pay for. An old-fashioned drive-in is open fairly close to home now and they have reasonable ticket prices ($6 and $3), allow you to bring in your own food and drinks for $4 a car load, and always have a double feature and sometime triple features. Makes it a very reasonable trip and something different for the kids, who didn't grow up going to drive-ins like I did.

    Having our own "Real" popcorn popper is the best addition I made to the home theater, now little reason to HAVE to go out to the movies :)

  10. darthrsg

    darthrsg New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    post 911...
    nope, HDlite should not cost 25 bucks for 2 hours.
    full bitrate HDdvd or BluRay might be worth 20 bucks though.
  11. slydog75

    slydog75 Not all that sly

    Jul 8, 2004
    Warminster, PA
    What is HDLite?
  12. n8.

    n8. 2004

    Feb 26, 2006
    the OC
    15.99 a month?? I was paying 19 plus tax for the same plan. Newer movies were almost ALWAYS unavailable so I went with blockbuster.

    I was getting on average 24 movies a month (6 a week) but wasnt getting the ones I really wanted due to the long wait times.

    BB is much better: and I get anything I want (most of the time). Plus I get 4 in-store rentals a month!

    You are probably thinking "24 a month??" Well... I "backup" all my movies.
  13. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2001
    Umm...you can't "backup" something you don't own, return it, and then keep the copy, that's illegal. But you already knew that... ;)

    Oh, and to answer the thread topic, nah, I'll just wait for the DVD and rent it locally.
  14. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    Jul 24, 2001
    The discussion from a few days back...


    And I said: Yes... great usage for my Home Theater...

    I have pretty much stopped going to the Theaters... due to the cost, and the time, and the hastle to go... When i have spent as much as I have for my home entertainment system...

    If I can for $30 get a release, where me and my family could enjoy it, at home... with out really incurring much more cost then the "rental" fee....

    Sure... I can easly say that I would probably get one at least once a month.
  15. af250xxl

    af250xxl New Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    and how much $$$ for PPV porn in 1080i HD?
  16. BConvery

    BConvery New Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    Is it HD? IF so, I'm in! ;)
  17. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

    Feb 5, 2001
    So it sounds like, even for those people that would pay the $25, that you would only do it if released simultaneously, or near opening weekend.

    They're talking about 60 day delays.

  18. dwynne

    dwynne New Member

    Mar 11, 2002
    I was with BB (used a code to get a discount price when they launched), but they were shipping movies to me from the a center 3 days away - so it was a terrible turn-around time. They did not have and refused to get some series discs I asked for, and Netflix had them. The pimple faces at the local store would not let me use more than one coupon at a time (even though the coupon said you could) - and they had about nothing I wanted to see other than new releases (which I was by mail) - then there was trips to and from the store.

    I used another promo deal to go back with Netflix for $16 so I dropped BB. The mailing center is one day away now. Some long waits, but they tend to carry about EVERYTHING so I have lots in my queue.

    I could probably get more a month if I did like you, but I feel I get a good ROI the way things are - even if I only get 10 per month.

    To me it is all about patience, if you wait you can save money. Want to see it now, pay more at the theater. Want it a little latter on PPV, pay some extra. Rent the DVD, pay less. Wait a little long and it is on HBO HD or Starz HD or Sho HD.

    The lead time between movie release and DVD release seems to be getting shorter and shorter - so less reason to pay big bucks at the theater or for PPV. What HD DVDs (whichever format) do to this remains to be seen - but DVDs via an upconverting DVD player look pretty good to me (for the money).

    You heard about the latest Steven Soderbergh movie "Bubble"? It aired on HDNet the same night it opened in theaters, then 4 days later you could buy the DVD in stores. I don't think $25 for 60 days later would fly.

  19. durl

    durl 67° 40% chance/rain

    Dec 1, 2005
    Blaine, MO
    That's a huge percent of people who think HD PPV picture quality is no better than DVD. I don't see how 480 lines of resolution can look as good as 1080 lines even if the bandwidth is throttled.
  20. Mark Lopez

    Mark Lopez Just click ignore

    Jan 1, 2000
    Hondo TX
    First of all, the poll did not say 'no better', it said 'isn't that much better'.

    And secondly, with a high end DVD player, a good transfer and a decent display, 480 lines can look pretty darn good. I'm fairly picky and and I have some DVDs that look better than some of the HD stuff they are beaming down.

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