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$35,000 Netflix box is only for the rich

$35,000 Netflix box is only for the rich
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If you're a movie buff, you'll soon be able to experience the ultimate moviegoer fantasy. Think about watching a big-screen movie the day it comes out, with booming surround sound, but without a single screaming kid to distract you, or sticky floors to walk on.

The home theater of the very near future will let you stay home and watch new theatrical releases on opening weekend. Instead of fighting crowds or waiting in line for a blockbuster, you just press a button.

Prima Cinema's new media player, which some people call "Netflix for billionaires," lets you watch movies downloaded to its system. That system will set you back $35,000. But just think of the incredible experience your family, friends and you will have watching new releases at home.

Each movie will cost $500, or $600 for a 3-D flick. Prima Cinema downloads the movies, so you just rent the ones you want to watch. (See video on the next page.)

Of course, you have to think about security when you're dealing with movies that cost $500 or more. Just think of the costs you'd rack up the first night you left the kids home with a babysitter?

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