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Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it sold over 5 million DVD copies of Pixar's "Cars" in the first two days it was available for purchase at stores, putting the film on track to be the industry’s top seller in the U.S. during the 2006 calendar year.

The spectacular sales rate emphasizes the commanding lead DVD sales maintain over digital movie copies, which are slowly emerging as an alternative to physical discs through services like Apple Computer's iTunes store.

By comparison, Disney said it sold almost 500,000 digital movie tracks through iTunes since making 75 of its titles available on the service a little less than two months ago. Earlier this week, it added "Cars" to iTunes along with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," both of which are available as downloads for $12.99.

"We expect to see a holiday boost for Cars merchandise, which has been one of our biggest lines of the year, with retail sales around $1 billion," Disney chief executive Robert Iger told analysts during the company's fiscal fourth quarter conference call on Thursday.

Over 12 million ABC TV downloads via iTunes

Over the last year, approximately 85 million of the entertainment corp's TV shows, movies and short films have been played or downloaded on iTunes, disneychannel.com, and abc.com. In addition, Iger announced that approximately 12 million ABC TV programs have been purchased since October, 2005 via iTunes.

"We have done extremely well on the iTunes platform," he said. "We have launched on two other movie platforms and given some of the announcements that have been made this past week, we believe we will have opportunities to sell movies and television shows on many other new platforms."

Despite beating Wall Street's estimates and doubling profits from the year-ago quarter, shares of Disney fell $1.20 or more than 3.5 percent on Friday amid growth concerns over the 2007 calendar year.
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this is such good news for apple. with Disney doing well it can only mean that their relationship will get stronger. with the iTV, new n wireless protocol being shipped in the iMacs and laptops wireless video streaming with out buffering could be come reality. imagine setting up a movie to play from your laptop in your living room not having to wait . you press play video plays like with DVD and VCR now. itunes movie store is the real winner here. all we need now is for the telecom companies to get their act together so we can get higher resolution movies.
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why would you download CARS for 12.99 when you can get the DVD for about the same price? The DVD Quality is better with no limitations of usage??? And you play it anywhere.
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why would you download CARS for 12.99 when you can get the DVD for about the same price? The DVD Quality is better with no limitations of usage??? And you play it anywhere.

Because you can't get the DVD for the same price, the DVD quality being better is debatable (DVD has higher resolution but worse color), and the other two things you mentioned were the same thing.
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why would you download CARS for 12.99 when you can get the DVD for about the same price? The DVD Quality is better with no limitations of usage??? And you play it anywhere.

convienence
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why would you download CARS for 12.99 when you can get the DVD for about the same price? The DVD Quality is better with no limitations of usage??? And you play it anywhere.

Cars is $14.99, and that's on Amazon.com. If it's $14.99 on Amazon, it's must be even more in the shops.
/besides like music on iTunes it's because of convenience.
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convienence

If you don't mind watching it on the computer.
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holy _insert word of choice here_ !!!!!
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holy _insert word of choice here_ !!!!!

That's 5 million DVD's, not downloads.
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That's 5 million DVD's, not downloads.

Heh. Goooood catch mate 8) 8) 8)
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Did Cars release in theatres, or straight to DVD? I don't seem to remember a theatrical release.
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lol theatres
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Earlier this week, it added "Cars" to iTunes along with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," both of which are available as downloads for $12.99.

Um, Dead Man's Chest won't be released until December 5, 2006.
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Does this have much to do with apple? I mean other than iTunes, but....
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Does this have much to do with apple? I mean other than iTunes, but....


I think it really puts the iTunes deal into perspective.... 500,000 downloads of 75 films over a two month period isn't all that much when you consider that the same studio (Disney) sells 5 million copies of just ONE film in two days. Ah well, it's a start I suppose...
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why would you download CARS for 12.99 when you can get the DVD for about the same price? The DVD Quality is better with no limitations of usage??? And you play it anywhere.

The DVD retails for $19.99.
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Why not ask your girlfriend to save your seat, take a 15 minute walk across the parking lot and to the supermarket down the street where you can buy a 20-ouncer for $1.30 or if you don't mind it's not cold, $.99 will buy a giant 64-oz bottle - you can drain the whole thing as you walk back?

Or is it easier just to roll your eyes and pay $6 for a medium?

We don't always buy the best value or pay the lowest price - but it's ALWAYS better to have more choices. It is better to have 100 choices where you can reject 99 of them instead of having 1 choice. Don't hate having a choice.

Also, how much is your actual time worth - driving from your house to a store, paying (cash or credit - you calculating the full interest?), and then driving home - how much gas you using? A typical Walmart buyer who buys a DVD spends $78 so that means by leaving the house you might've spent (in addition to the DVD) another $65 dollars you didn't intend to spend today or perhaps ever spend (honey, this mop takes 10 D batteries and it spins!) so before you narrowly define what is a good deal - make sure you're not spending $65 to save $3 dollars ...
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why would you download CARS for 12.99 when you can get the DVD for about the same price? The DVD Quality is better with no limitations of usage??? And you play it anywhere.

I agree with the noob.

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The "story" here is that Disney is pushing the shite out as fast as people can buy it, and Stevie will have a very merry Xmas.

I bought Cars sight unseen based on the quality of their other movies. I'll curl up into a fetal position and watch it later...

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"DVD quality being better is debatable (DVD has higher resolution but worse color)"

LOL. $14.99 bags you a non-DRMed copy that will last as long as the physical DVD, no need to reauthorize or copy to a new computer or anything. It gets you director's commentary and 16:9 and 4:3 formats (if it's the same as the other Pixar releases). It gets you spiffy packaging materials and an extra disk full of special features, all equally non-DRMed.

I think that offering films for download is a good idea. And I don't really even have a quarrel with the price. The price, after all, is what people are willing to pay. And some of y'all are willing to pay. Good on ya.

But ferchrissakes, don't tell me this is a good deal, because from my POV it ain't. There's no "debate" possible about the inferior video quality. It's an inferior video - plain and simple. And don't astonish me by saying iTunes is a better deal because I'd spend an extra 80 bucks if I bought it at Wal Mart! What the hell kind of non-argument is that?
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"DVD quality being better is debatable (DVD has higher resolution but worse color)"

LOL. $14.99 bags you a non-DRMed copy that will last as long as the physical DVD, no need to reauthorize or copy to a new computer or anything. It gets you director's commentary and 16:9 and 4:3 formats (if it's the same as the other Pixar releases). It gets you spiffy packaging materials and an extra disk full of special features, all equally non-DRMed.

I think that offering films for download is a good idea. And I don't really even have a quarrel with the price. The price, after all, is what people are willing to pay. And some of y'all are willing to pay. Good on ya.

But ferchrissakes, don't tell me this is a good deal, because from my POV it ain't. There's no "debate" possible about the inferior video quality. It's an inferior video - plain and simple. And don't astonish me by saying iTunes is a better deal because I'd spend an extra 80 bucks if I bought it at Wal Mart! What the hell kind of non-argument is that?

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Eventually, all Disney movies end up being available at Fry's for $9.99
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I bought a couple of ITMS movies recently when I was staying in New York on business. I could have watched a movie on the hotel's Pay TV for $9.99, or buy it and play it on my Mac Book Pro as often as I want, also for $9.99. The hotel had free broadband, which helped of course, but I was very happy with my purchase, and the quality was great - certainly comparable to watching a DVD on a laptop.

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I bought a couple of ITMS movies recently when I was staying in New York on business. I could have watched a movie on the hotel's Pay TV for $9.99, or buy it and play it on my Mac Book Pro as often as I want, also for $9.99. The hotel had free broadband, which helped of course, but I was very happy with my purchase, and the quality was great - certainly comparable to watching a DVD on a laptop.

-Rolf

Now THAT'S good usage and a situation where iTMS is useful.
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...I bought Cars.... I'll curl up into a fetal position and watch it later...

Hey, it's kinda nice. You'll enjoy it. No need fetal position, cuddle or spoon with someone or a cushion and let the magic of Pixar wash over you. Seriously. Just chill with it, it'll be fine.
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The DVD retails for $19.99.

$$$ in the bank for Disney. But sometimes the price is well worth the laughs and smiles.
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Originally Posted by jbelkin

Why not ask your girlfriend to save your seat, take a 15 minute walk across the parking lot and to the supermarket down the street where you can buy a 20-ouncer for $1.30 or if you don't mind it's not cold, $.99 will buy a giant 64-oz bottle - you can drain the whole thing as you walk back?

Or is it easier just to roll your eyes and pay $6 for a medium?

We don't always buy the best value or pay the lowest price - but it's ALWAYS better to have more choices. It is better to have 100 choices where you can reject 99 of them instead of having 1 choice. Don't hate having a choice.

Also, how much is your actual time worth - driving from your house to a store, paying (cash or credit - you calculating the full interest?), and then driving home - how much gas you using? A typical Walmart buyer who buys a DVD spends $78 so that means by leaving the house you might've spent (in addition to the DVD) another $65 dollars you didn't intend to spend today or perhaps ever spend (honey, this mop takes 10 D batteries and it spins!) so before you narrowly define what is a good deal - make sure you're not spending $65 to save $3 dollars ...

Nice post and true to all points.

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Also, how much is your actual time worth - driving from your house to a store, paying (cash or credit - you calculating the full interest?), and then driving home - how much gas you using? A typical Walmart buyer who buys a DVD spends $78 so that means by leaving the house you might've spent (in addition to the DVD) another $65 dollars you didn't intend to spend today or perhaps ever spend (honey, this mop takes 10 D batteries and it spins!) so before you narrowly define what is a good deal - make sure you're not spending $65 to save $3 dollars ...

Exactly! Because iTunes has that built in mechanism that doesn't allow you to purchase anything other than specifically what you went there to purchase in the first place.
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I'm one of the 5 Millions. I noticed that BestBuy carried a special edition of the DVD gift set (with 4 toy cars and a free 3D poster) for $29.99 (before tax). That's the one I bought.
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Fan of Hilary Duff and Michelle Branch....4 toy cars and a free 3D poster...

Heh. 8) Just the combination of stuff mentioned in your post and signature is, while possibly idiosyncratic, kinda not... But kinda is.

Ignore me, continue........ 8)
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Eventually, all Disney movies end up being available at Fry's for $9.99

same with the iTunes "library"

as for the worthness of buying on iTunes, I think its a good idea for some and not such a good idea for others. Movies on iTunes are extremely watchable reguardless of if DVD is better or not. The only "cons" of movies on iTunes is there are no special features, but I dont watch them anyway, I just dont have time. But the only other con is that there is a very limited selection but Im not worried, it takes time. But I think Apple should cut the 14.99$ to 13.99 or 12.99 cause 14.99 is just really pushing it.
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Hey, it's kinda nice. You'll enjoy it. No need fetal position, cuddle or spoon with someone or a cushion and let the magic of Pixar wash over you. Seriously. Just chill with it, it'll be fine.

haha
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5 million copies of Cars, wow! I'm so glad I logged in to preschoolnews.com today.
How about some computer enthusiast headlines?
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5 million copies of Cars, wow! I'm so glad I logged in to preschoolnews.com today.
How about some computer enthusiast headlines?

Hella funny... but if you are vaguely serious I think you're not seeing the relevance of a best-selling Disney movie which happens to be on iTunes Movies alongside the 2(?) Pirates movies. Bring on Fox [Star Wars etc], Paramount [Mission Impossible, Star Trek etc], and WB [Matrix etc] !!!!
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...Wow! I'm so glad I logged in to preschoolnews.com today.
How about some computer enthusiast headlines?

You need to go to Tomshardware and Anandtech to see things like "Seagate 7200rpm bests Western Digital 7200rpm by 0.5 seconds!!! W00000t!!!" Now *that's* something to get enthusiastic about...
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I think it really puts the iTunes deal into perspective.... 500,000 downloads of 75 films over a two month period isn't all that much when you consider that the same studio (Disney) sells 5 million copies of just ONE film in two days. Ah well, it's a start I suppose...

OK so it puts the fledgling Movie service in it's place but surely the 5 million copies will take longer to reach the actual customers than 2 days? Isn't this just Disney fulfilling the pre-orders, and an effect of that supplychain model? It's like saying ABCs sold 12 million TV shows via iTunes in one minute because that's all it took to load onto the servers & the rest is just supplychain lag.

Oh well - no iTunes Store in NZ yet so it's all academic to me.

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...Oh well - no iTunes Store in NZ yet so it's all academic to me...McD

I didn't know Kiwis had Macs... :HAHAHHAHAHHA We got an Australian iTunes Store... na na na na na na
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But ferchrissakes, don't tell me this is a good deal, because from my POV it ain't. There's no "debate" possible about the inferior video quality. It's an inferior video - plain and simple.

Its actually not that plain and simple. The quality of video is determined by several factors, with pixel count only being one and not really the most crucial.

Quality vs value is pretty much what people believe it is. The quality of the DVD you believe to be acceptable is far inferior in comparison to the source it came from.

The value of the digital movie is that it is not trapped on a physical medium. It can be easily moved from device to device.
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Originally Posted by TenoBell

Its actually not that plain and simple. The quality of video is determined by several factors, with pixel count only being one and not really the most crucial.

Quality vs value is pretty much what people believe it is. The quality of the DVD you believe to be acceptable is far inferior in comparison to the source it came from.

The value of the digital movie is that it is not trapped on a physical medium. It can be easily moved from device to device.

Just to pick up a dead thread, but what the hell, --- the quality of DVD and MPEG2 the way it is made, mastered off the film, particularly anamorphic DVD, is definitely better than iTunes Movies. I notice that DVD playback scales very very well on most PC and Mac computers...

I suspect iTunes Movies are just recompressed off DVD sources, but this may be quite a spurious comment.

But yes, portability, movement and flexibility of iTunes Movies, not having to carry your discs around, these make iTunes Movies worthwhile....

What kills me is watching stuff on iTunes, there is a lot of non-vsync (visual "screen tearing") going on. Particularly on slower machines, and this happens sometimes with Quicktime Player as well, again, usually with slower machines.
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