Netflix, Hulu and LOVEFiLM are all ways to enjoy movies and TV shows but now a somewhat beautifully+ludicrous thing has happened. Paramount has decided to start selling their movies direct at www.paramountmovies.com - sounds good right? After all, I’ve always said: “Why would I pay any third party service, when I can get it straight from the source?” So when I heard the news, I got super excited but then I visited Paramount’s website and I started crying…
As Devin Coldewey so eloquently put it over at TechCrunch and the reason for my tears:
As the service is still in its infancy and the selection is fairly limited, this strikes me as more of a testing-the-waters thing, checking the system for leaks and so on. That has to be the case, really, because there’s no marketing behind the effort and the prices aren’t even close to what they should be. Want to buy an HD digital copy of Braveheart? $20, please….
That’s right – $20 for Braveheart direct from Paramount! Let me take a look over at Amazon…… Pricing ranges from $1.15 and go to $18.90 for the BlueRay Version. Shouldn’t buying direct be cheaper? Come on Hollywood and Paramount! This is why video is in the dark ages on the internet - idiotic suits, in tall buildings, making decisions about things they have no idea about. I seriously can not wait until the music and movie industry crumble into ash!