Another Try and Buy model for computer games shows up

Try and Buy has been a buzzword in the early 90s for computer games when publishers desperately attempted to break their products into the mass market. All these models vanished over time for the most part because they didn’t work, but today a press release from Greenleaf Technologies and BroadcastDVD came in, announcing another try at these sales models, this time for DVD-ROM content.

In a three year partnership the companies hope to be able to bring encrypted try and buy games and interactive broadband video magazines into millions of homes beginning this Fall. Announced earlier this year as a partnership between Greenleaf, Warner Advanced Media Operations (WAMO) and Infogrames, the DVD Spectacular Series of EGP discs will be offered for free with DVD ROM computers directly from OEM’s and at the point of purchase.

First up for the DVD Spectacular Series will be a DVD including Super Bubsy, V-Rally, Test Drive 5, Jack Nicklaus 5, Hardball 6 2000 Edition and a special DVD ROM version of BroadcastDVD’s, FILM-FEST DVD – a video magazine that takes viewers to the best film festivals in the world. Contents of the video magazine will include interviews with “The Blair Witch Project” directors, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, and filmmakers and celebrities including Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz, Sheryl Crow, Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle. Also included is an hour of award-winning short films from the latest film festivals.

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