AT&T has announced today that they are going to offer a new service to some of their cell phone subscribers: movies on their cell phones.
This is obviously a pilot project, designed to get the early adopters to test out the feasibility and demand for this new service, but it intrigues me none-the-less. Before you run out and try to get on board, this program will only be available to a handful of people who have AT&T contracts, who have either a Vu phone or Samsung Access phone, and who are willing to pay extra for the service.
And what’s the service? Uhh, only a handful of movies that have been run on TV and that are run on a schedule and that have commercials.
What is this 1986?
So, I can pay probably $20 a month to see Ghostbusters with commercial breaks? Have they not heard of iTunes? I can go right now to the iTunes store, RENT a movie for $2.99 and watch it on my iPod touch or my iPhone. In the time it took to write this blog, I downloaded Drugstore Cowboy and it’s in pretty decent quality. Good enough to watch on my regular TV, without commercials, whenever I want. And there’s hundreds more movies like that.
Obviously, they just want to test this out.
Sorry, I’m not buying.