OVERRATED: Early Video on Demand movies

Seeing the writing on the wall with crystal-clear home theaters and a future in "the cloud," studios have started allowing viewers to rent a film over their TV some 60 days after its release. But at almost $30 a pop, it's hard to imagine many other than families and wealthy shut-ins eager to pay for the privilege. Though it's a little more than the cost of two tickets, it's tough to think of any movie worth that much to see at home a few months early.<br>
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<i>Pictured: <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011269" title="Water for Elephants (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/water-for-elephants-%28movie%29-ENMV0011269.topic">'Water for Elephants,'</a> a recent on-demand offering.</i>
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Seeing the writing on the wall with crystal-clear home theaters and a future in "the cloud," studios have started allowing viewers to rent a film over their TV some 60 days after its release. But at almost $30 a pop, it's hard to imagine many other than families and wealthy shut-ins eager to pay for the privilege. Though it's a little more than the cost of two tickets, it's tough to think of any movie worth that much to see at home a few months early.

Pictured: 'Water for Elephants,' a recent on-demand offering.

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