Watch a full-length movie?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by rye9, Mar 14, 2006.


Would you watch a full-lenght movie on the 5g iPod?

  1. Yes

    34 vote(s)
  2. No

    33 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    When answering, it does not matter whether you own one or not, just whether you would watch a movie on a 2.5 inch screen.

    P.S.- Yes, I do realize that "length" is spelled wrong. :D
  2. macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    I already do. I watch movies all the time on the way up to Whistler.

    I doubt I would buy them from iTunes though.
  3. Guest

    Jun 24, 2004
    i see the video feature on the device only suitable for viewing short clips or music videos.

    full length movies wont be comfortably to view on the screen and the battery wont last for long watching one anyway and the time it takes to encode a large file make it even more awkward.

    but i could see my self ripping a DVD onto my ipod plugging it into a tv (and powering the ipod via a usb port on a cable box or playstation) and viewing a movie on a tv. i'll have to try it out sometime.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    Err.. Ooops. I voted "Yes", but I actually mean "No".

    The screen whould be way to small, IMO. It's bad enough watching a full-length movie on my 12" PB.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    I don't have an iPod, but I can't imagine watching a full-length movie on one.
  6. macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2005
    50 50 as of now... i said no 2 hrs on that small of a screen might make me go blind... even though i own one and watch tv on it for less than one hour

    a long movie might just be too long
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2006
    Come On 'Real' Video iPod

    Lets wait and see the 4 inch iPod video

    Oops I Voted Yes to
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    Man, iPods are turning into video players instead of music. Honestly, I would say MUCH more people listen to music than watch videos. My friend has a 5G and listens to music much more... people normally arent in a good place or have the time to stare at a 2.5 inch screen.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    I wouldn't be happy watching videos in a public place or on public transport anyway - you make yourself too much of a target for crime. Keep it in your pocket and use it for music.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    That would be boring and uncomfortable. When I watch a movie I want to be able to tell what is happening and you can't do that with a 2.5" screen. I will wait for the "video ipod" to come out.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I don't own an ipod, but I wouldn't. I just can't imagine watching a full-length movie on such a tiny screen. And that seems like quite a drain on the battery. There's also the portability issue. It'd be akward to be watching it when you're on the go. I'd probably only watch it at home anyways, where I'd have access to better viewing possibilities anyways.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    I watch full length movie on my iPod at least 2-3 times a week. Usually late at night while others are sleeping. I've also ripped a ton of shorter length videos to watch during my lunch breaks, standing in lines, etc.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    I would say a big resounding no to watching it on a 2.5 inch screen. Besides that, keep your eyes on it too long in the wrong area and you'll be mugged, and no more 5G. :cool:
  14. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    I do as many have said, already too.

    On my iPod currently (others have been on and off too)
    Matrix Reloaded
    Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels

    More to come as I have time to compress and load them :)

    Depending on how far you sit from your TV set, the iPod screen may be bigger (feeling) depending on how close you sit from it.

    It is all about perspective

  15. macrumors 68040


    its actually not that bad. having a 2.5 inch screen 6" from your eyes is the same as having a 42" screen 6' from your eyes. (Im guesstimating here)
    I vote "yes"
  16. macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2005
    Tacoma, WA
    I have 11 movies on my iPod, but I honestly don't watch them or the TV Shows on it very often.

    However, it's really good for things like train or plane trips. Since I have a iPod Powerstick, I can watch a movie on my iPod, then plug in the Powerstick with some AA batteries to charge the battery life back up, and listen to music or whatever.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2004
    Charleston, IL
    I have watched full length movies on my iPod. It helps me go to sleep when the insomnia tries to take over :cool:
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I just had an idea, probably has been posted before, but wanted to get peoples opinions. I think that Apple should post all the Keynotes and and videos of the "special events" on the iTMS. I would pay $1.99 to have them. I can't imagine it would be that much work for them and I know a ton of people around would love to have them. That is the kind of stuff I could watch on a small screen because you don't need to have a 100% attention the whole time to enjoy them.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    I would probably pay a minimal fee of $1.99 to have them, but nothing more. But what I don't get is why Apple didn't put the last MacWorld Expo on iTunes for download, it took forever to watch it all because of all the server load. I would have much rather just downloaded it instead of watching a stream of it.

    Anyway, back to the topic. :)

    I've watched a bunch of movies on my iPod. The longest ones I have watched is Braveheart (3 hours) and Shawshank Redemption (2.5 hours). I watch some of them at work with my Belkin iPod cup holder turned upside down so it's like a pedestal. Great way to pass the time when needed.

    If Apple does begin selling movies on iTunes I only hope they will make them at least DVD quality, otherwise I won't be jumping on that bandwagon. I can't bring myself to spend $9.99 on iPod quality. :p
  20. macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2006
    im not an iPod owner yet but would like to try watch a full length movie from an iPod. :)
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I highly doubt they will be DVD quality, that would be at least a 4gig file to download. They do need to up the quality though, making a 2-hour movie about a gig would be very good quality, and look great on a 4" screen ;).
  22. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    No... I cannot imagine any situation where that little screen would be sufficient to watch video at all, least of all a full-length film...

    It takes more than 2.5" to satisfy me... :D

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