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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

 

Movies on Your Computer (Besides Porn)

Someone over at the DVD-mail service NetFlix has looked into the corporate crystal ball and seem ominous clouds on their corporate horizon -- it won't be long before the DVD player goes the way of the dodo bird. So to avoid their imminent irrelevance, this week the company will start offering downloadable movies to their customers. Smart move, we think; the immediacy is very appealing to the "on demand" crowd. Smarter still to make it free to current subscribers...even I, who hate watching movies on a monitor, will use the service now.

A more ominous development has taken place over at IMDB.com, the movie information behemoth. The company, which prides itself on its completeness and breadth of information, has started to censor itself on movies with sexual content. The content restrictions are odd...while a movie page for, say, John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus still exists, it doesn't show up when searching under the term "Shortbus". The selections seem random, as well; Caligula is similarly obscured, but Last Tango in Paris and 9 Songs remain available to any curious 7-year-olds who pass by. Fans of free information should be horrified; this makes the king of all media sites fundamentally compromised. Feel free to let IMDB know your dismay. [Cinematical]

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