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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-11-2007, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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O/T Somebody took my idea

A couple of months ago, I started thinking about starting a new business. Nobodyís buying cars, the car makerís ainít spending any money so the current one is not very prosperous.

I was going to start a DVD rental business. Youíd come in pick your DVD, Iíd get authorization from your credit card company for the full price of the DVD. When you brought it back, Iíd only charge a rental fee. If you never brought it back, Iíd just charge you for the DVD. No membership card, no giving your life history and a DNA sample.

Last week, I took the granddaughter to McDonalds and there was a big red machine in the corner called Redbox. The machine rents DVDs for $1 + tax a day with nothing but the swipe of your credit card, email address is optional if you want a receipt.

Glad I didnít sink a lot of money into my idea only to have McDonalds beat me to getting to the market.

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I was surprised to see that in several stores in Provo Utah, two years ago... I never saw it anywhere else.
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Actually Taz. it would have been a short lived business. Just as you got off the ground, technology would shut you down.

The integration of the internet into the entertainment center, and downloadable movies will be taking Ronald's lunch money anyway

But a good idea..

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I wasnít worried about the internet. Sure, thereís the people like you that have the latest, greatest, fastest equipment but how many are still on dial-up. JYG was talking about not even being able to get anything with decent speed. Been bad if his provider burned down again in the middle of a download too.

Iím on DSL and it would take a while to download a movie. Then you have to watch it on the Ďputer instead of the big screen, burn it to disc or have a video out device. Not sure what the download fees are.

Cable pay-per-view are real expensive.



With LEVEís comment, I guess I did have the thought late. I knew that McDonalds had to have it a while back to be able to get machines designed, built and delivered but I didnít know I was 2 years late.

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I wish I could have the latest and greatest. You must have forgot I own a Jeep and I am married, hence not enough $$ to go around

Well with the new Apple TV, and Tivo now has a service to rent movies for $2 to your Tivo, you can start it from the Tivo, or from your office on the internet. You can see it as many times as you want, as long as it stays on your Tivo (at least that is what I reccollect).

Fire it off in the morning or whatever, store it on your Tivo and watch on TV whenever you are ready, no store, no late fees, no lost DVDs.

And, I love my Tivo

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I'd like to see some sort of single or limited play storage media so that I don't have to return it to the rental place. Then next time I want a movie, I bring it in, and they zap the movie I want onto it. That way the movie is never out of stock.

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Didn't 'Star Trek' have something like instant downloading back in 1966?
So what's the big 'Idea' that got stolen and who stole it?
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Those Red Box machines are showing up all over the place here, not just at MacD's. Grocery stores, big chains etc. I think the video rental stores are about to see an end to their career.

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Sorry JYG the Star Trek timeline didn't occur in 1966 I think it was the 22nd century or something. And, they didn't even have camera phones. They did have those little multi-colored squares they used as tapes though.

I still like to go to the store to get the DVDs, I have blockbuster online, but it isn't the same when the ice cream store is right next to blockbuster.

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I'd like to see some sort of single or limited play storage media so that I don't have to return it to the rental place. Then next time I want a movie, I bring it in, and they zap the movie I want onto it. That way the movie is never out of stock.

Apparently there is a DVD format called DIVX, which allows you to only watch the dvd within a certain timeframe of having first started it. The idea is that you would buy the dvd for single viewing and not have to return it to the rental store. Downside, you need a dvd player with DIVX capability.
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