These two services are also at a disadvantage that the titles they release for burning are often weeks behind the DVD release of a title, making it a hard sell to go and spend your hard-earned cash on downloading something which you can’t tote around on a convenient disc.
That’s about to change, as CinemaNow and Universal Pictures have announced that
they plan on letting you download “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” on the same day that the DVD is released, which was just this week. Not only that, but you’ll be able to burn it to DVD, along with menus and special features.
Those last two are really the killers if CinemaNow does this right. One of the major complaints of the legitimate movie download services is that they offer comparatively little “bang for your buck.” Why spend $15 on a movie download that is lower resolution than a DVD but also lacks all of the special features? “The Fast and the Furious” will go for $9.99, which is a pretty sweet price point, given that the DVD currently goes for $15 on Amazon. We’ll be curious to see how it does, though we hope CinemaNow’s cleaned up its DVD-burning act.