Comcast, DirecTV, and Vudu to launch premium VOD this month

Comcast, DirecTV, and Vudu have inked a deal with four major Hollywood studios to offer a premium video-on-demand service that would allow customers to stream titles 60 days after theatrical release. DirecTV will be the first to launch the service at the end of April, but Comcast and Vudu will follow soon thereafter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s insiders, Warner Bros., Fox, Sony, and Universal are “all on board” with the service. Movies will be available for 48 hours after they’re purchased at $29.99. The Hollywood Reporter says that the first movies to be available will likely be Just Go With It, Cedar Rapids, and Unknown. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight titles will only be available 60 days after their nationwide release dates.

DirecTV is expected to offer the service to all of its customers, while Comcast and Vudu will initially test it in select markets.

Hollywood is hoping that the new premium VOD service will help with the decreasing sales of DVDs, which was once one of their bigger sources of revenue. But the $30 price tag is concerning many in the industry who believe customers aren't willing to pay that amount. Other issues include concerns of piracy; Paramount isn't participating in the service because of it.

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wivelden said,
$30!! Does that include popcorn and drinks? 

I was thinking more along the line of professional services for that price tag!

The big 5 studios still just don't get it. They think this is doing US, the consumers, a huge favor and this $30 fee is to offset their fear of piracy.

warwagon said,
April Fools!

This is not april fools. They are seriously planning to do this! It has been news on various other sites for days now.

huh you know the original idea was to release the movie as VOD the same day as in the theaters at that $30 price tag... now they moved it back to 2 months... thats just stupid... $30 could be cheaper same day then at the theater depending on how many people you go with, guess they saw the loss in profit there..

I don't get why they limit it to 48 hours and it's still around £3-5. IMO an on demand movie should cost £5 for life, I can go to the cinema and see a film for £5.

"Movies will be available for 48 hours after they're purchased at $29.99."

Whoa whoa whoa... $29.99 per movie? I must be confused. Current DirecTV VOD is aight for me currently.

computerwizkid said,
"Movies will be available for 48 hours after they're purchased at $29.99."

Whoa whoa whoa... $29.99 per movie? I must be confused. Current DirecTV VOD is aight for me currently.

Yup. $29.99 to RENT the frickin' thing!! Nuts... I know I'll never ever participate in this.