buying movies/TV shows on Amazon ? do i own them ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macchiato2009, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

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    Hi

    I've never bought a movie or a tv show on Amazon, so i'm wondering

    do we really own the show or is it more like a lifetime rental ?

    do i download the show on my mac right after the purchase process ?



    thanks
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    No they can disable your access to them anytime do a search on "Disney and amazon Christmas shows" for example to see the scummy disabling routine this past Christmas that Disney did.
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I stick to DVDs mostly because I don't want some Amazon or iTunes suddenly decide I shouldn't have access to movies or books or audio because of some weird glitch.

    Apple can disable your iTunes account if you use an iTunes gift card that was purchased via fraud.

    Note that Kindle books can suddenly be taken away as well.

    I go by the rule: you only own it if you have the physical media in your possession.

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    Quote from that article:

    "But Amazon signed an agreement with Disney saying that Disney had the right to withdraw its catalog any time it wanted, for any reason — and the customer just has to deal with it. "

    So anyone "purchasing" Disney video via Amazon has to realize that it can be removed anytime. The content providers are hurting themselves by insisting on a "rental" model.

    Heck, even libraries have trouble with eBooks - publishers try to limit the eBooks to being loaned out no more than 20 times before the books expire.
     
  4. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Which is why the content Mafia will never get another cent of my money as long as I live. Do you know that not one single work entered the public domain in the US this year and likely is never to do so again. After all Mickey's protection is due to expire again soon so there will have to be yet another extension of copyright but it will be extended for the children, fighting terrorism or some other lame lie they will use to shove that excrement down our throats....
     
  5. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    iTunes is much better. I have only had one movie since 2007 that I was no longer able to download and that was Poltergeist 2. It showed up once again in my purchases last month.

    Every TV show that I have purchased is still there for me to download since 2007.
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Copyright extensions actually occur because the content people pay Congressmen to change the laws. Bribery works wonders with the government.
     
  7. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Indeed Shakespeare was right kill all the lawyers nice side effect of that get close to a majority of the politicians in it as well.
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Lawyers who become politicians know where the loopholes are in the laws and how to break and change them to suit themselves.
     
  9. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I'll just give my two cents -

    Renting from Amazon and iTunes (Vudu as well) is one thing but buying a download is in some respects, a waste of money. It is not as good as a disc in general (blu ray in particular) and you are subject to all kinds of foibles.

    Streaming - rent
    Disc - own

    The above makes life a lot easier.
     
  10. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    They are more than acceptable and some of us have never bought a blu ray player or however it's spelled. Plus, I have not paid for cable TV or satellite in over two years now. The TV shows and movies I buy each month are still cheaper than what it would cost for satellite subscription. I also only buy HD movies when they are $9.99 or less.

    Saying that downloads are a waste of money is no different then saying buying a DVD is a waste. Some people say DVDs are a waste because people don't watch them more than once. I have watched all of my iTunes purchases many times a year.
     
  11. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Jackie - if you enjoy your way of acquiring movies keep doing so. As I said, I rent from other sources. I think the purchase price for on line is a bit high when you consider the quality of what you are getting and at times challenges getting the media file to your system which ONLY can be played by your* system. I am not attacking you or your opinion as you are happy with what you are doing and again, it works for you. For me, it does not.
     
  12. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok thanks for your responses

    i read their help page and it wasn't really clear, especially when they mention that the iPad is compatible

    i was wondering if the movie is transferred directly to the device or if i would be able to download it first on the mac


    i'm going to go for itunes then


    thanks
     
  13. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i finally bought my shows in itunes

    but had to re-encode them one by one in order to watch them at my convenience on all my devices/macs
     

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