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updated 12:40 pm EDT, Mon September 15, 2008

Dell intros Qflix drives

Dell announced on Monday it has partnered up with Sonic Solutions to make Qflix DVD drives that, together with software and special DVDs, will allow users to legally record downloaded movies to DVDs with formatting and DRM that works both on other PCs and in home theaters. The downloads will come from the CinemaNow service, though how many and which DVD titles or TV shows will be made compatible with Qflix is not known. The limit is a requirement to purchase DVDs from Roxio, which also supplies the software for the drive, to make the process possible.

While the cost of the media is not known, the Qflix drive bundle is currently available as a $120 option in the US on Dell's Inspiron, Studio and XPS laptops. Dell plans to offer the option on other consumer desktops later on this year. Included is an external Qflix-enabled drive which can read and write standard DVDs, two recordable Qflix DVD discs, the Roxio Venue and CinemaNow software as well as the requisite USB cable.

Before the announcement, certain CinemaNow downloads could be viewed on up to three different devices but only as a direct file transfer, including Windows Vista or XP systems as well as Archos portable media players.

By Electronista Staff


  1. rvhernandez

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    Yawn.... zzzzz

    Yeah, I can really see how M. Dell has brought focus back to his company...

  1. WiseWeasel

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    Joined: Apr 1999



    So you have to get a special DVD drive, and special expensive DVD-R media just so you can do something we've already been able to do as an end user since the dawn of DVD-R? They also expect people to want to download large MPEG2 encoded movies at 4-8GB per movie to be DVD-compatible when competing distributors are using the superior H.264 format at 1-2GB per movie at similar quality? Either that or the user will have to spend a couple hours converting the video to DVD format... Either way, this is just one of the most convoluted and user-hostile distribution schemes I've seen in a while, and this is going to be gone within a year of dismal sales.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: fail

    Um, since when can you burn your downloaded movies to DVD? Apple won't let you do that yet.

  1. jhawk95

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    Joined: Oct 2006


    Sell The Company

    If I were Michael Dell, I would sell the company now and give the sharehoders their money back while it still has some value.

  1. McDave

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    Or... could go to Amazon and get the DVD sent by mail!

    So from Dell; spend $120, download your compressed HD movie, drop the res to SD DVD and play on your DVD player.


    From Apple; spend $229, download your compressed HD movie, show it in HD on your HD TV. Oh, and all music, music vids, photos, podcasts, TV shows....

    Which one's forward thinking and which one's backward?


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