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GOG.com branches out into DRM-free films

GOG.com branches out into DRM-free films

GOG.com's new Movie Catalog offers DRM-free streaming and downloads of a range of gaming-themed content, with new films promised each week.

The digital distribution specialist formerly known as Good Old Games, GOG.com, is moving even further away from its founding concept with the announcement that it is to begin offering film and TV programme downloads.

Good Old Games originally launched as a subsidiary of Witcher-maker CD Projekt RED in response to how many digital distribution services were encumbered with digital rights management (DRM) technology that restricted how buyers could use the software they were downloading. As its name implies, the service originally focused on republishing out-of-print titles, adding updates, patches and compatibility wrappers like DOSBox to ensure they would work on modern systems while also offering extras like digital instruction manuals, wallpapers and soundtracks.

In 2012, the site became GOG.com and announced that it would also be publishing newer games from independent developers along with selected triple-A content from other publishing houses that agreed with the anti-DRM ethos of the site. Now, the company is branching out still further with video downloads - but retaining, thankfully, its refusal to adopt DRM technology.

'Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time favourite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it. We talked to most of the big players in the movie industry and we often got a similar answer: "We love your ideas, but … we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk,' the company wrote in its announcement. 'DRM-Free distribution is not a concept their lawyers would accept without hesitation. We kind of felt that would be the case and that it's gonna take patience and time to do it, to do it, to do it right. That's quite a journey ahead of us, but every gamer knows very well that great adventures start with one small step.'

That small step, the site has explained, is to offer a range of gaming and culture documentaries at a flat $5.99 to download and keep - although the company warns that some titles will be more expensive than that once the introductory period has ended. Two documentaries, The Pirate Bay: AFK and The Art of Playing, are being offered free so users can test the service without having to spend any cash. As with the company's games, many titles come with bundled bonus content, and the site has promised to release new films each week for both download and streaming.

The GOG Movie Catalog is live on the site now.

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adam_bagpuss 28th August 2014, 13:41 Quote
great idea and one that is sorely needed as the film and music industry continue to live in the past. people can easily get a hold of films/music etc DRM free anyway so they really need to get with the times and stop forcing customer in to a model that suit the industry
pbryanw 28th August 2014, 15:05 Quote
@adam_bagpuss - Yes, you can only hope that DRM-free movies take off, and one of the big companies signs up.
jrs77 28th August 2014, 15:29 Quote
All the DRM so far was cracked a couple of days later anyways, so they fight a battle they cannot win.

If they want to sell me more music or movies, then they simply need to come up with more reasonable prices. Simple as that.
€20+ for 10-15 tracks on a CD is simply too much to ask. €10 would be a good start at release and then later on some €5 for the album.
Cerberus90 28th August 2014, 17:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
All the DRM so far was cracked a couple of days later anyways, so they fight a battle they cannot win.

If they want to sell me more music or movies, then they simply need to come up with more reasonable prices. Simple as that.
€20+ for 10-15 tracks on a CD is simply too much to ask. €10 would be a good start at release and then later on some €5 for the album.

I'm not disputing this or anything, as I nearly always wait for prices to drop before buying stuff, but it got me thinking, it's odd that we expect prices to drop as the item gets older. Certain things I can kind of understand, games for instance, as they will become more outdated etc, but music, that doesn't really lose anything based on it's age, and I suppose neither do movies really.

I'm quite happy with the average costs of albums now on most sites, between £5 and 7.99, I'm happy to pay that, especially now that we have Spotify, so I can listen to free to make sure I like it, then get the CD/Download knowing I'm going to enjoy it and get my moneys worth.
rollo 28th August 2014, 20:04 Quote
DRM is not a relivent form of defence agaist illegal downloaders. All Albums and Films are cracked the moment they are launched even before in some cases. They need to fight the battle in prices. Not charge crazy money for an Album with 10 tracks on it.

Asda and Tesco and Amazon in the uk at least are heading the correct way and the prices on albums have reduced in recent years. HMV are showing why they are nearly bankrupt yep it has a good selection but the prices are nuts. £15 + for some Albums is borderline insane.
jrs77 28th August 2014, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cerberus90
I'm not disputing this or anything, as I nearly always wait for prices to drop before buying stuff, but it got me thinking, it's odd that we expect prices to drop as the item gets older. Certain things I can kind of understand, games for instance, as they will become more outdated etc, but music, that doesn't really lose anything based on it's age, and I suppose neither do movies really.

I'd be totally happy with stable prices, if the initial price would be reasonable, i.e. maximum of €10 for a full album or a movie.
Quote:
I'm quite happy with the average costs of albums now on most sites, between £5 and 7.99, I'm happy to pay that, especially now that we have Spotify, so I can listen to free to make sure I like it, then get the CD/Download knowing I'm going to enjoy it and get my moneys worth.

May I ask where do you get a newly released album for that little money? The last time I checked new albums or movies allways cost €20+.
rollo 28th August 2014, 22:09 Quote
Comparing Euro to £ will never end well. Most Albums cost below £10 here and if your just buying DVD sub £10 is normal price for even the latest blockbuster. Even Blue ray is sub £15.
Cerberus90 30th August 2014, 15:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
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Originally Posted by Cerberus90
I'm not disputing this or anything, as I nearly always wait for prices to drop before buying stuff, but it got me thinking, it's odd that we expect prices to drop as the item gets older. Certain things I can kind of understand, games for instance, as they will become more outdated etc, but music, that doesn't really lose anything based on it's age, and I suppose neither do movies really.

I'd be totally happy with stable prices, if the initial price would be reasonable, i.e. maximum of €10 for a full album or a movie.
Quote:
I'm quite happy with the average costs of albums now on most sites, between £5 and 7.99, I'm happy to pay that, especially now that we have Spotify, so I can listen to free to make sure I like it, then get the CD/Download knowing I'm going to enjoy it and get my moneys worth.

May I ask where do you get a newly released album for that little money? The last time I checked new albums or movies allways cost €20+.

Amazon most of the time. I don't buy much stuff that's brand new recently released though. A quick look on the latest releases page though still shows most CDs at between £7.99 and £10, and now you get the digital version too.

Films usually are more, but they do seem to come down pretty quick. Most of the Blu rays on amazon in the recent releases are £12.99 at the moment.
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