Re: Disney Bringing Back MovieBeam Set-Top Box

By GARY GENTILE AP Business Writer

> LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co.'s MovieBeam set-top box is > coming back in an upgraded version that clearly aims to be a > Blockbuster in a box.

It's the 21st Century -- shouldn't that be "Netflix in a box"? :)

The box receives movies through over-the-air broadcasts and stores > them on a hard drive. Disney started testing the service in three > cities in 2003, then put it on hiatus in April.

Isn't this just a DVR?

Consumers will pay $199 for the box after a rebate, and a $29 > activation fee. After that, they pay video store prices for the movies > they watch. A rental is good for a 24-hour period.

Ahh, it's a *crippled* DVR.

Barry Margolin, Arlington, MA

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