I just read an article saying that Microsoft will be offering downloadable rented movies through its Xbox video game console. Does anyone actually use this now? Do you think people will really want it? The movies expire after 24 hours. Is this really a competition to Apple (not that I see). Does anyone think this will take off for anyone other than diehard videogamers? Basically, what I am asking is will downloadable rented movies take off online? <---(before answering this question, please read the rest of the article) Isn't that what your cable company is for (VOD-Video on demand) or satellite? (VOD?[i don't know if satellite has video on demand]) What would be the point of paying Microsoft to download movies whenever you can get the movies from your cable company? Microsoft would need some way to send the movies to you, so that would be the whole point of some sort of internet connection (maybe cable or satellite) in the first place. It just doesn't make sense, is Microsoft going to offer me some video that I can't get from my local cable company? If my cable company finds out about this, will there be backlash? Also, if I wanted a movie couldn't I just tell my cable company about it, so they can make it available? Although I have used VOD to watch NFL On Demand Videos ON OCCASION, (I like the idea somewhat) I think this is encouraging lazyness. Hmm, let's see what to watch today (presses remote button instead of having to go to video store). I'm definitely not going to pay Microsoft to watch a rentable movie THROUGH my cable company. (in essense, paying for a movie twice) P.S. I will NEVER buy a Xbox (either kind), but I wish to know people's opinions of this.