Microsoft's rental system is essentially the same as cable companies' video-on-demand options. You pay, download a movie, get two weeks to play it and, once you begin, you have to finish in 24 hours. Not the strongest model, in my mind. For my wife and I, finishing a movie in a day can be a struggle, so we had to wait for a night when all the kids had fallen asleep to take the plunge, gambling we could eke two hours of movie-time out of the next 24.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
An interesting experiment in Wired magazine, as Robert Lemos gives up cable and tries watching TV solely through broadband. His conclusion? Within a few years we'll all be doing the same - although there are still some problems to iron out.