Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 10:47 UTC
Games More and more evidence is pointing towards the next Xbox requiring an always-on internet connection in order to play any games - i.e., once you lose your connection, you can't play any game at all. Three minutes after losing your connection, "your" game will suspend itself and stop playing. Microsoft's Adam Orth took to Twitter to defend this anti-consumer practice, but he did so in the most ungraceful of ways.
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RE[5]: Comment by Chris_G
by Drumhellar on Sun 7th Apr 2013 21:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Chris_G"
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

Well, it allows one to charge a higher price in regions that can afford higher prices. Example: $20 for a movie in the US, and only $5 for the same movie in Malaysia.

Or, a movie may be coming out on DVD/Blu Ray in the US before it comes out in theaters in Europe. You don't want to cannibalize ticket sales in Europe by allowing people to import DVDs.

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RE[6]: Comment by Chris_G
by adkilla on Mon 8th Apr 2013 04:17 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Chris_G"
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

Unfortunately the opposite is true. In Malaysia, the movies are often released late and are heavily censored. With these issues, people would rather import it from the US themselves or download it if there are import restrictions. Prices of original Blu-Ray/DVDs here are way over the top and are also censored because of (utterly lame) eastern sensitivities.

On cable TV we get re-runs and terminated series because we don't have much of a choice due to local cartels abusing their monopoly of broadcasting licenses.

I don't see how giving MS money to harm us in a similar manner is a good idea.

Edited 2013-04-08 04:19 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by Chris_G
by Drumhellar on Mon 8th Apr 2013 17:39 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Chris_G"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Well, I just pulled Malaysia out of the air as an example, but for the most part my point still stands: Many markets won't support USD $20 for a Blu-Ray.

I also certainly didn't imply that it's a good idea for consumers (Which is what I think you are implying), but it is a good idea for Microsoft.

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RE[6]: Comment by Chris_G
by zima on Tue 9th Apr 2013 14:28 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Chris_G"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, it allows one to charge a higher price in regions that can afford higher prices. Example: $20 for a movie in the US, and only $5 for the same movie in Malaysia.

I know what you want to say - but, in the future, perhaps you should keep in mind that relative pricing (in the US vs impoverished places) of luxury goods is too often the other way around.

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