May 8, 2003

Love Movies; Hate Theaters; Windows, Take Me Away!

Here. The last time I saw a movie, it occurred to me that as much as I love them, I hate theaters. They overcharge for the tickets and then require your first born child for popcorn and sodas. Movie theaters make airports seem like dollar stores. Anyway, I've got a great setup at home, complete with big screen TV, 5.1 digital surround sound and a PC already connected to the whole mess. I'm a big fan, but they and sites like only show stuff that's available for rental. I want first run movies! Shouldn't a platform with such a strong media and digital rights management story allow me to watch first run movies at my house? And wouldn't that be a killer app for a new OS from that company? DISCLAIMER: I'm not pre-announcing anything. I don't know of any plans along these lines; I just think it'd be cool.