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Movielink. A 'Powerful Experience'. Heh!
By Jon Newton,
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Source: - November 13, 2002

It's November 15 and Hollywood's answer to pirate movie downloads is now on line.

But only if you can get past, "Thank you for your interest in Movielink. We want you to take part in the powerful Internet movie rental experience that Movielink delivers ..."

Which is unlikely because on the 13th, 14th and 15th that was all she wrote. Literally.

In the url slot was the following.

Sadly, however,this took you no further than the above announcement, meaning anyone looking for one of the 170 titles such as 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Ocean's Eleven ,' or even 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' offered by Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Paramount, MGM and Universal, would have been shyt out of luck.

And the situation was unchanged on November 16, when this issue of came out.

But ................... oooooOOOOPS!

On careful re-examination, the site says "Thank you for your interest in Movielink. We want you to take part in the powerful Internet movie rental experience that Movielink delivers, but it is presently unavailable to users outside of the United States."

So it ain't there for us lowly peasants who don't live in the US.

But even if it had been, only teenagers and above would have been able to use it.

As reported last month [October] here, .".. MGM, Warner, Paramount, Sony and Universal are still steaming ahead with their very own Movielink pay site which, they say sanctimoniously on their 'trailer' site, is unavailable to, and will not accept any information from, children under 13.

"And just in case any pre-teenies decide to chance it, 'If you are under 13, please exit the site,' they add. Sadly, the precise nature of the leading-edge software M, W, P, S & U use to make the site 'unavailable' to little kids, and/or to determine visitors' age, is a closely guarded secret (although, with IBM providing Movielink technology services, it's gotta be really interesting ; )."

But maybe it was just as well Movielink wasn't linked for we folk in the darkened hinterlands.

Always assuming we'd paid the stipulated $US1.99 to $US4.99 for our download, if we'd decided to watch it after more than 30 days had gone by, we would have been shyt out of luck.

Because the movies (apparently of less than VHS quality) delete if they haven't been watched within 30 days, and the same thing happens 24 hours after 'play' is clicked, thanks to "Movielink Manager." And files can ONLY be viewed using RealNetworks or Microsoft players.

AND - because each file is encrypted, downloads won't play on other computers.

(PS: Did I mention I'm in Canada? ; - )

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