On his last100 blog, Steve O'Hear offers a detailed but easily digestible comparison of video download stores.
Steve looks at 11 of these enterprises. All the usual suspects, as well as some you've never heard of.
For the most part, he's not all that pleased:
It’s still very early days in the paid-for video download space, where so far, greater competition hasn’t produced nearly enough innovation in terms of pricing and convenience — particularly in relation to copy-protection. The majority of services are built on top of Microsoft’s Windows Media DRM, which immediately rules out Mac and Linux users, but what’s really disappointing is that despite using the same core technology, each Windows Media-based service requires a separate download manager and offers a completely different and often confusing user experience.
Steve does throw some mildly enthusiastic props toward Amazon Unbox for its Video Player and TiVo capability, as well as Streamburst's convenient preference for trust-based watermarking rather than potentially clunky DRM.
What's your favorite video download store?