I can't speak for Alex or his crew, but I made a few posts about this some time ago (my handle was just Infowarrior then). Actually I sent a package to Tim with instructions on how they could make .iso files of all the different DVDs they sell. I've already made the .iso files of every DVD I've received.
Thank you thats the answer i was looking for, i thought it was Alex's guys that had mentioned it, i was mistaken obviously.
I can think of a few reasons why they might not want/be able to do this. Firstly, bandwidth. Just one word - bandwidth. It'd be great to have a .iso file released to the public via prisonplanet.tv or some new site prior to it being shipped out to people physically, but could you imagine the load that this would be put on the server(s) when people rush to get the file at its moment of availability? I can. They could host it on LimeLight, but when Alex makes a new DVD, and it's a double layered one at that, say maybe 7.5GB big, just a couple thousand people downloading that file would put a huge strain on the servers. I don't know. Maybe it wouldn't. But it would be a risk to try something like that. If he made all of his films available to download to people, that's at least pushing 100GB. Some of his films are single layered, some double layered DVDs.
True i Didn't really think of it like that so good point, but mainly i was just asking because i had seen it here before and wanted to know what had become of the idea.
Also, even though Alex DOES work on general good will and asking honest listeners to support him by buying his DVDs, you can bet that within minutes of the first few downloads of the DVD, it would be seeded onto the P2P networks. A lot of people have the mentality that if they can get it for free, especially when it's encouraged by the author, why would they want to pay for it? And maybe Alex has weighed the possible positives and negatives when it comes to revenue possibilities with this method of DVD delivery and has just decided right now not to do it. He DOES have to fund the operation..
I agree a lot of freeloaders out there that think a revolution is free but what Alex and Co. do is very costly and a true Patriot will buy DVD's and other things even if they don't really need them just to help support the truth this is what i do, and have been since 2005 i believe is when I snapped out of my trance from 911.
If you have a Mac, you don't need to mess with any 3rd party software downloads to make the images yourself either. I've used the Terminal program, and just a few commands to make the .iso files myself. diskutil, dd, maybe following it up with an md5 or SHA check to make sure the files are in good order before making duplicates. It's not difficult. I don't use the Disk Utility because the .cdr files are not an EXACT way of duplicating the DVD, like the dd method. I can give you more info if you have a Mac and want to make your own .iso files. It may not help YOU out much, but if you have the DVDs and want to spread EXACT copies of them around to others, this method will help THEM. And in the end, isn't that what it's all about?
By the way, if the powers that be are reading this, .iso files would be a great idea in my opinion too. DVDs scratch. .iso files do not. DVDs don't always find their way to their cases. Sometimes people borrow them and forget to give them back... heh And a method could be devised to scan the DVD labels and case covers so that those who digitally download the films get the exact same content that those who order the films via mail get.
Anyways, just a thought.
Thanks again for your reply it cleared this up for me