Week 37 Poll Results and New Poll - gHacks Tech News

Week 37 Poll Results and New Poll

With Amazon unleashing its Unbox to the world and Apple close to start their movie paradise the question of the last poll was almost obvious: How much would you pay for a DVD download? Amazon charges up to 19,99€ for a movie download and 1,99€ for TV Episodes. Looking at the poll results this seems highly overpriced even if you do not take their license agreement into account.

The majority (39%) will not pay for movie downloads at all which suggests that they buy their movies exclusively at local shops. 35% of all voters would not pay more than 5$ for a DVD download and another 15% would pay as much as 7,99$. An additional 6% would pay up to 9,99$ and the last 4% would pay as much as 11,99$ per DVD. All higher priced options got 1% of the votes and can be neglected.

While this poll was answered by tech savvy people Amazon might have a different customer base in mind: Families, People who work with a computer but do not understand it. They probably see the price and say: "Hey it's the same price as in the shop. I can download it and don't have to go into the shop. Great".

My short take on a shop that I would buy in:

  • no DRM
  • fair use, burn on DVD, copy to mobile device
  • fair pricing, 7,99$ for a movie and 0,99$ for a tv episode should be the maximum
  • custom downloads, reduced prices if you don't download extras, additional audio
  • cover and booklet graphics are provided for free
  • no user tracking if a software is used, no logs, no abusive license agreement

The new poll is a reflection of an old one. Three months ago I asked which next-gen system you would buy and the leader at that time was the Playstation 3 by Sony followed by the Nintendo Wii and Microsofts Xbox 360.

With all the rumors around the PS3, the delay in Europe and the small amount of systems that will be available at launch date I want to see if some users changed their mind which system they will buy and compare those results to the former poll.





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