MovieBeam for $49.99 -regular $200

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below is the description of Moviebeam for someone who is unfamiliar with moviebeam

MovieBeam is a brilliant new way to rent and watch movies at home. Get movies delivered directly to your TV -- no cable, satellite, or computer is required!

Movies are beamed wirelessly into your home using MovieBeam's patented digital signal and the sleek MovieBeam Player. It's simple. It's fast. It's smart. Renting movies from your living room has never been easier.

Get up to 10 new movies every week, up to 40 every month! Always 100 movies at your fingertips.
Instant access to New Releases and Popular Pictures from virtually every major Hollywood studio.*
No more trips to the video store or waiting for DVDs in the mail.
No subscription fees, late return fees, or hidden fees.
Wow your senses with select movies in amazing HD quality!**


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called my credit card company MBNA disputed the $54 for them not giving me my rebate. They said they'd meet me half way ... (more)

vickh (Sep. 13, 2006 @ 11:30p) |

Any hacks..........

yugbehl (Sep. 20, 2006 @ 8:23p) |

vickh said: <blockquote><hr>called my credit card company MBNA disputed the $54 for them not giving me my rebate. They s... (more)

vickh (Sep. 20, 2006 @ 9:20p) |

Code: F76LB
For Free MovieBeam Player


$50 rebate link

No guarantee it'll work, though!

Moviebeam manual

PROMOTION CODE: PR49B


CNET Review - 5.7 out of 10


PC Magazine review 3.5 out of 5

If you did not get your rebate you can file a complaint at the FTC at FTC Site You should also file a complaint with your State Attorny General.
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Seems like a good deal for a unit that normally costs $200... Any comments from the FW community at large?

Edit: checked out what this box does... I think it'd be cool if it was a monthly fee vs. per rental...

They only have 8 movies in HD.

Yes, $50 down from $200 is significant but all this does is give you the ability to rent movies ($5 for new HD movies for 24 hours).

I'd assume this thing has a fairly big hard drive. I wonder if it'd be worth buying to cannabalize. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

FYI - this is far from available everywhere. You must be within range of their transmitters.

They'll probably be out of business before you know it.

MythSpell said: [Q]FYI - this is far from available everywhere. You must be within range of their transmitters.

It doesn't mention that anywhere I see on the website. Where did you get this info?


Strange business model... equipment needs to be free.

Riuski said: [Q]MythSpell said: [Q]FYI - this is far from available everywhere. You must be within range of their transmitters.

It doesn't mention that anywhere I see on the website. Where did you get this info?

Is MovieBeam available in my area?

While MovieBeam is available throughout the country, some cities, and even some specific addresses may not be covered. To see if MovieBeam is available in your home, use our simple Availability Check.

talljay said: [Q]Riuski said: [Q]MythSpell said: [Q]FYI - this is far from available everywhere. You must be within range of their transmitters.

It doesn't mention that anywhere I see on the website. Where did you get this info?

Is MovieBeam available in my area?

While MovieBeam is available throughout the country, some cities, and even some specific addresses may not be covered. To see if MovieBeam is available in your home, use our simple Availability Check.

I see... MythSpell made it sound like it wasn't available in most places, I was just wondering...

maybe it's just me, but this seems totally worthless...8 crappy movies in HD and you still have to pay $5 to rent them...this company will be out of business in 8 months.

The MovieBeam service is currently available in 29 metropolitan areas across the U.S.: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, St. Louis, Tampa and Washington D.C.

The $50 promo is not from the moviebeam.com website. What is the relationship there?

talljay said: [Q]Yes, $50 down from $200 is significant but all this does is give you the ability to rent movies ($5 for new HD movies for 24 hours).

I'd assume this thing has a fairly big hard drive. I wonder if it'd be worth buying to cannabalize. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

From this link (PC MAG)

"The player then receives that signal, reassembles the video file, and stores it on its 160GB hard drive. "

$50 rebate also available?!? They pulled the PDF from their website, but I found another retailer that still had it up. Good until 5/31/06.

$50 rebate link

Only questionable sentence is "This offer may not be combined with certain other offers." El Paso mailing address. Don't remember who that is but isn't it a rebate house?

EDIT - Fixed typos. I just jumped on this and ordered. $52.99 shipped and activated. The service agreement has a bunch of terminology about not taking the thing apart, but how the heck are they gonna know unless you announce it? I'm curious how this thing works. Besides the 160gb HD it has an ethernet port, usb, and an SD slot.

For $50, it might be a fun hack project...Can't tell if the $50 price requires activation.

I'd assume they're using MP4 for this, otherwise, I can't see how they fit 100 movies on a 160 GB harddrive, even at just DVD resolution.

If the rebate is valid, this starts moving to hot territory...

So in short $50 for a 160GB Hard Disk?

Its available in my area. I will rip hard disk out of it and use the box just to show off.

neo

Metric said: [Q]Strange business model... equipment needs to be free.

can't be plain free or everyone will order. Should be a fee with a credit towards movies equal to that fee. (ie not just a mail in rebate making it FAR)

Neo - I am hoping that is a typo in your last comment.

Neo said: [Q]So in short $50 for a 160GB Hard Disk?

Its available in my area. I will rip hard dick out of it and use the box just to show off.

neo

SCARY!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>
Amazing what one typo can do to the meaning of an entire sentence!

Promo code is:

PR49

In case they pull it from the original post!

orangespot said: [Q]Neo said: [Q]So in short $50 for a 160GB Hard Disk?

Its available in my area. I will rip hard dick out of it and use the box just to show off.

neo

SCARY!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>
Amazing what one typo can do to the meaning of an entire sentence!

That was a huge typo. When I read the post again I laughed almost a minute.

Typo's aside I am thinking if the $50 MIR works this is an excellant deal.
Its becomes an absolutely free box (no strings attached).
The Rebate details says that the account needs to be in good standing for atleast 30 days, what do they mean by that?
There is abolutely no subscription fees. We may as well just activate and order absolutely no movies.

Can anyone confirm the Rebate?

neo

I wonder what type of encryption this thing has. Comes preloaded with 100 movies, sounds tempting just to see if the HD could be removed and movies watched on a computer.

Their business model is horrbile IMO, not gonna last long.

69ragtop said: [Q]Metric said: [Q]Strange business model... equipment needs to be free.

can't be plain free or everyone will order. Should be a fee with a credit towards movies equal to that fee. (ie not just a mail in rebate making it FAR)

It could reqiure a minimum service level, like a free rental box.

Just an FYI - its owned by disney, so even if the business model does suck, it will probably last for a little while.

Haven't found anything on the net in terms of hacks... would love to buy and hack it

Looks like Disney's pulling the plug on this... Link

This is interesting, and if that other $50 rebate works it's a great deal. I pulled the trigger on this one...thanks OP.

waverider said: [Q]Looks like Disney's pulling the plug on this... LinkThat article is over 1 year old. It looks like they were only in 3 cities then, and they were shutting down for upgrades. It seems that they have expanded quite a bit since then; I am still comfortable with going for this deal.

waverider said: [Q]Looks like Disney's pulling the plug on this... Link

That was in April 2005. That article seems to reference the testing phase ending.

waverider said: [Q]Looks like Disney's pulling the plug on this... Link

They already pulled the plug once. Now they are rolling it out again. See the Engadget link below.

Linky doo

NxN2005 said: [Q]waverider said: [Q]Looks like Disney's pulling the plug on this... Link

That was in April 2005. That article seems to reference the testing phase ending.

Sorry... my bad <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

Not sure why people dislike this service. It sounds good but obviously, this is not for everyone.

You get a box (shipped) for $50, connect it to your TV. When the box was $250, I thought it was too high, but for $50 shipped, it does make sense. Then, just rent movies from $1.99 onwards (new releases $3.99 ($4.99 for HD); other releases $1.99 ($2.99 HD)) from the comfort of your house. You can preview the movies and decide which one to buy, no need to wait for the movie to arrive in mail or drive to a store. For people who watch 2 to 4 movies a month, this sounds good. If Blockbuster can survive renting movies for $3.99 or $4.99 in their store, this service does make sense.

My $0.02. Of course, I do not own or work for Disney, so I do not profit from the sale of this service.


Does anyone know if this unit can do "save to vcr" mode like a Tivo?
We use that mode to save things onto our dvd recorder from our Directivo unit.

In for 1. if the rebate works...this is a good deal. If the rebate doesn't work....$50 for a cool gadget is worth it. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

This isn't anything new. Former Circuit City employees will remember something similar to this called DIVX (not the format that we all know and love now).

With DIVX, you bought the movie for 3 or 4 dollars at Circuit City or other participating retailers. If you had a DIVX compatible player, you could watch the movie for up to 48 hours after you put the movie in the player. After that, if you wanted to watch it again, it cost $3. You could unlock the movie and watch it unlimited for around $20.

This service lasted 9 months, mainly due to poor marketing and poor management on Circuit City's part. In fact, I've heard that this has been put into many textbooks as one of the biggest marketing blunders of all time.

In short, same service, with the exception of downloading the movies instead of owning a DVD copy.

Btw...are there any Sony movies on the list? One of DIVX's failures was that Sony did not sign up to DIVX...

They put out UP to 10 new ones each week.

so if you go through the 100 current movies , count how many you would REALLY pick out from a rental store, and / by 10 you see how many movies you get a week.

For me it would be about 1 or 2.

that makes the whole service just a waste of my time and effort.

ajny said: [Q]Not sure why people dislike this service. It sounds good but obviously, this is not for everyone.

You get a box (shipped) for $50, connect it to your TV. When the box was $250, I thought it was too high, but for $50 shipped, it does make sense. Then, just rent movies from $1.99 onwards (new releases $3.99 ($4.99 for HD); other releases $1.99 ($2.99 HD)) from the comfort of your house. You can preview the movies and decide which one to buy, no need to wait for the movie to arrive in mail or drive to a store. For people who watch 2 to 4 movies a month, this sounds good. If Blockbuster can survive renting movies for $3.99 or $4.99 in their store, this service does make sense.

My $0.02. Of course, I do not own or work for Disney, so I do not profit from the sale of this service.

Together with not being for everyone, IMHO, this service is for no one at all. If you subscribe to the crappy digital cable or their superior big brother satellite TV, at any given time, you have access to 40-50 PPV movies, for the same rental price at the same compressed quality. Moreover, if you have a Tivo or some other PVR that is not built in to your digital receiver, you can record these movies and watch them at the time you wish again and again (oh I know it is not ethical, since you are only paying to rent it for one showing but heck, who are we kidding, everyone who is capable, do record whatever they can get away with).

So, for renting the same movies satellite/cable offers, Mickey Mouse was asking you to pay $250 and now they are saying you only need to shell out 50 bucks and everyone is going to jump up'n'down with joy ? Not !! At least not me and not most of the frugal folk in the FW community.

As another previous post mentioned, if they give you the $250 or $50 you are paying as a credit for future service, then it may have made some sense as you would not be paying for the device but only paying for the service you are going to receive, in advance. And this could be a nice touch for the hacker community. As we all know, someone will hack the hell out of it. As we, the tech community know, Disney had a hefty investment in the linux arena and I can bet a month's salary that these boxes are running a restricted and stripped down version of Linux. In which case, hacking the hard disk is only a matter of time.

So, in short, Disney's model is is an ill-conceived one and I can not see how it can survive from which ever angle you want to look at it. On one side asking money from the customer to compensate their hardware, which the customer can get free equivalent from his/her satellite or cable provider. On the other side, if they furnish it to you free after movie credits, most of these boxes will end up in the hands of hackers which will say goodbye to the idea of making money by beaming down movies.

If anyone sees a way of making money out of this deal (for disney not for the hackers of course <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>, I'd be interested in reading about it.


ruhroh said: [Q]Does anyone know if this unit can do "save to vcr" mode like a Tivo?
We use that mode to save things onto our dvd recorder from our Directivo unit.

I tried to record a movie off of MovieBeam to my DVD recorder and my DVD Recorder said it was "Copy Right Protected".

I just got MovieBeam last Wednesday thanks to another Fatwallet Poster of this coupon code a week ago and I love it. It's not my main source for movies but it compliments my entertainment system very well, and it gives me another source for new movies to watch. I really like that is has the trailers for almost all the current movies it has as well as trailers for the movies that are coming soon to MovieBeam, movies that are currently in theaters, in addition it has trailers for movies that are coming soon to theaters like Superman. The picture quality on my 5 year old Toshiba HDTV is DVD quality but you can't watch HDTV movies unless you have a DVI or HDMI port on your TV. Hopefully a software upgrade soon will allow you to watch HDTV movies over component video.

You have to pay money for a DVD player to watch DVD Movies, don't you? I think this is a great deal for $48.00. I paid $53.11 delivered but somehow I got a $5 credit which I've already used up renting 2 movies on it.

Please note that they don't have Sony Movie Studio movies yet but they have all the other major Hollywood studios on board. They've been saying for almost a few months now that Sony Entertainment would be on board soon. Also, I've only seen about 2 movies on MovieBeam that were released at the same time as their DVD release date. I was hyped up about the fact that this would save me a trip to the movie store for new releases, but right now that's not the case. Although I've heard they are going to have more movies that coincide with their DVD release date in the future.

If you know a Best Buy manager they can get it for free by filling out a 25 page questionnaire on their website. I'd be surprised if the $50 rebate will work with this deal.

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vickh said: [Q]called my credit card company MBNA disputed the $54 for them not giving me my rebate. They said they'd meet me half way (refund $27). Hope they stick it to Moviebeam.


Anyone get their $50 rebate?

any hacks??

I would recommend all MBNA and other customers call their CC to reverse charges. Maybe then moviebeam will get the message



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