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Submitted by GraveLord 527d ago | news

Microsoft applies for pay-per-viewer patent

Proposed tech would let consoles control how many people could watch each movie, or enforce age restrictions (Microsoft, Xbox 360)

GraveLord  +   527d ago
"Originally filed in April 2011, the application describes a system where cameras on a TV, cell phone, or other display identify how many people are watching content on screen, and check to make sure that the user's license for that content covers that many viewers. If it doesn't, the game or movie in question could be halted and the user prompted to purchase more licenses before resuming. "

Not good....
StrongMan  +   527d ago
That sounds like something MS would do, yet their faithfuls will defend it.
darthv72  +   527d ago
not just MS
Im sure every other company would want to make sure they are getting compensated accordingly. This would be no different than buying tickets to a movie. You buy 3 then 3 people can watch.

The ironic part is MS isnt really a content provider. All of their contracted affiliates are. sony on the other hand IS a content provider and would most likely be on the same side as MS in this situation.

by content provider i mean they actually develop and produce movies and tv shows. Not just a service to deliver them.
ItsTrue  +   527d ago
I'm not going to defend that!
HammadTheBeast  +   527d ago
No it's a great idea. This way people that come to my house can't leach off me. /Sarcasm Overload.
Muffins1223  +   527d ago
Did you buy the ps3 on launch day?Cause if you did they ripped you off
-Mika-  +   527d ago
It just an idea. It doesn't mean they're going to actually implement it. Stop being so negative.
vitullo31  +   527d ago
The idea is preposterous
dedicatedtogamers  +   527d ago
This, in conjunction with Microsoft's recent ban of player-made "paid" content (in the form of videos) does not bode well for the Microsoft faithful. Then again, the "Microsoft faithful" usually only stay faithful for about 10 years or less until they jump onto another platform (I've seen it time and time again on PC).

I very much doubt they would implement it. HOWEVER, it would allow Microsoft to begin bargaining with movie studios (many of which are owned by Sony).

Think of it this way:

"Hey Universal, how about putting your movies exclusively on our Live streaming service?"

"Uh, no way, Microsoft"

"Why not?"

"There's too much money to be made on other platforms"

"Okay, Universal, but how about THIS? How about we charge for a movie stream PER VIEWER?"

"Per VIEWER? That sounds incredible. How could you do that?"

*Cue Kinect camera*
dedicatedtogamers  +   527d ago
If you really think about it, Microsoft already does this with games: Xbox Live accounts. If you're at your friend's house and he has a 360 and a paid Gold account, you still have to log in with your own paid Gold account if you both want to jump online, even if it's on the same console. Am I wrong?
eferreira  +   527d ago
yup basically if you buy a new game and do not have live gold. You only get half the game (assuming there is multiplayer) but yet everyone poops on capcom for disc dlc.
mcstorm  +   527d ago
No you can log in as a guest under that user.
dedicatedtogamers  +   527d ago
@ Mcstorm

Thanks. I didn't know that. I remember having to log in on a buddy's Live account to play with another buddy online on the same console, but maybe he just wanted the Achievements or something (?)
adorie  +   527d ago
"better with kinect"
Lol.
Snookies12  +   527d ago
That is the most garbage thing I've ever heard... I know it probably won't be used, but if it ever is, I will never support a console/phone/whatever with this tech.
Godmars290  +   527d ago
Sounds like something like this would make Kinect required.
Blankman85  +   527d ago
Loooooool! Microsoft, whatever weed you're smoking, you need to get off of. Fast.
They are crazy! My living room is not a theatre, I'm not about to pay per person watching for jack!
Lol can you imagine watching a movie, its getting really intense and someone walks in and the darn thing refuses to continue? Better yet, hiding people behind your couch and they have to watch from beyond the camera's scope cause you only paid for 1. Lol. Fail Microsoft. Epic proportions fail.
Hicken  +   526d ago
I'm amazed you're not supporting this, frankly. This is the first time I've seen you say something MS was doing(or thinking of doing, in this case) was stupid.

And it IS stupid.
BitbyDeath  +   527d ago
Good thing Microsoft don't make TV's.
This sounds like the worst idea ever.
Pillsbury1  +   527d ago
And micr0$0ft finds even more ways to rape you of cash. First pay to play online now pay and watch gallery.
TemplarDante  +   527d ago
and if If they refuse to pay?, lets guess..
Skynet becomes self aware and kills them..
GreenRanger  +   527d ago
Does Kinect see..uh...certain inanimate objects as people?
Uh...my friend wants to know.

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Zha1tan  +   527d ago
Getting further away from the games as usual MS?
Rashonality  +   527d ago
HAH, good luck with that, people will find a way around it, or more simply go with free/indie stuff that are raising in quality...
doogiebear  +   526d ago
Or just go with Sony/Nintendo
Somebody  +   527d ago
So now that Windows 8 is uniting the next X Box, Surface, Windows PCs and Windows phones....things just gets better and better doesn't it?

This is what Windows 7 supporters are afraid of, not just about some pastel tiles on the desktop or the lack of a Start menu upon startup. It's the direction of MS is heading with these devices. Yes I know there are Win 8 supporters out saying there's no problem with menu and they are right but it's the stuff that we don't know that's bothering the naysayers. MS don't just unite several media platforms together without something to ensure it will have total control, starting with a completely MS controlled closed garden.

It's like the Rebels not knowing that there's a second Death Star being built as they celebrate the the destruction of the first one. You see things are better but you have tingle deep at the back of your mind telling you something is not right...
whoyouwit04  +   527d ago
Now this is facking ridiculous if Microsoft do this then they need to go out of business and this is coming from a die hard xbox fan but enough is enough. this is just plain ignorant and greedy. now if they use it for age restriction only then that will be fine.
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DigitalRaptor  +   526d ago
The fact that this patent even exists proves that Microsoft would go ahead with it, IF THEY COULD. We all know how they operate as a business, and that is to the greater profit.

Ridiculous proposal.

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