View Full Version : Jump to Hyperspace - June 10th!

05-30-2003, 10:39 AM
Go to www.starwars.com and make sure you have pop-ups enabled, and you will get a quicktime pop-up about Jump to Hyperspace. You may have received an email some time ago with a questionaire about exclusive content. Well for a fee, you will now become a member of StarWars.com and receive exclusive content, including never before seen scenes such as the attack on the droid control ship, the first viewing of the Clone Wars cartoons, starwars email address, no ads, personalization, view the set of Episode 3 etc.

Will you be paying for it? There is a sneak preview June 5-9th. All the original Star Wars content will still be free.

I know this is just a money making ploy, they could quite easily just put all this stuff on the site for free, so that angers me somewhat, but if paying for it is the only way I'm gonna get to see all this stuff, I'm gonna subscribe.

05-30-2003, 11:43 AM
i think the content they put on that site will be posted everywhere once users get a hold of it....

i won't be paying...

05-30-2003, 02:22 PM
Originally posted by leXX
including never before seen scenes such as the attack on the droid control ship,


Now THAT interests me.

05-30-2003, 02:39 PM
i'm not going to pay for it, but i'm shure i'll see alot of it!:p

05-30-2003, 09:05 PM
Not I. As much as I'd like to have access to such content, I refuse to participate in another marketing blunder. I've got it figured that the content will eventually be made avalabe publicly by SW.com. It'll probably be made avalable even sooner by not-so-honest means, but I doubt I'll partake in that either.

I've got too many other "subscriptions" going that it's just too much for them to ask me for more.

Jedi Apprentice
05-31-2003, 12:45 AM
Originally posted by STTCT
i think the content they put on that site will be posted everywhere once users get a hold of it....

Uh huh. :)

i'm not going to pay for it, but i'm shure i'll see alot of it!

Uh huh. :D

I don't think I would spend my money on it. I am pretty sure someone will put the content up somewhere else making it to where others can view it. Unless SW.com does some really high security on their multimedia.

The only way I would pay is if no one can put the content up on another site.

It may not be right to do that, but it probabaly isn't right to steal the fans money like that for stuff that should either be free or should've been put on the DVD.

05-31-2003, 05:00 AM
Originally posted by Jedi Apprentice
It may not be right to do that, but it probabaly isn't right to steal the fans money like that for stuff that should either be free or should've been put on the DVD.

that's what they should have done. ;)

05-31-2003, 08:05 AM
I agree, this stuff should definately be free. Grrrrr

I'm still gonna subscribe though, at least for one year, just to check it out.

06-03-2003, 09:05 AM
Over at TheForce.net you can read their latest article on the Starwars.com Hyperspace subscribtion service, "Breaking Down the Official Site Membership" (in the Episode III section) (http://www.theforce.net/episode3/index.shtml).

It's a rather interesting breakdown of it all, hence I'll copy+paste the contents here:

"Like it or loathe it, the Official Site for Star Wars is about to become the first movie-based website to charge for content ... So without further ado lets run our breakdown of at least the first wave of goodies for subscribers:

“Droid Control Ship” – Episode II deleted sequence:
Nice feature, hopefully the first of many deleted scenes to be included in the membership. However I've got to ask why they couldn't have included this on the DVD when it came out several months ago? Bit rate and space budget issues aside, holding out on the most demanded deleted scene was an odd play. And it isn't finished unfortunately, which for some will be cool to see the filmmaking process, but may also show that perhaps they aren't confident enough in the money end of Hyperspace to spend the big bucks to finish the scene. But all in all, it will be a pretty cool 3 minutes that we'll definitely love to see.
Final thought: Great to have, though we'll miss DVD-quality from the original release.
Grade: A

Daily Episode III Set Diary:
Here's the highlight of the program - though everyone gets so excited about a few paragraphs from an embedded reporter they forget that principle shooting will last at the most just 3 months. I can't wait for this as well, I'm excited to see what Pablo will come up with for the fans. He's a pretty big fan himself, so we should have some fun. Of course, expect everything of his to be run through the higherups filter, so it isn't clear how much we'll really get. Still though, a great include and the greatest selling point for this year's membership.
Final thought: Pablo, all eyes are on you. Come through for the fans, baby.
Grade: A+

Episode III Sydney webcam:
Again, most people think of this and get pumped - forgetting that by the time students go back to school this fall the webcam will be unplugged. And our experience from other franchises has been very mixed, so a "bagel cam" only really holds potential that has yet to be realized. For those hoping for sound don't expect it, that would be way too much to give away. I hope they get really creative, and close every once in a while just to mix up the normalcy of a movie set.
Final thought: Make this interesting, and get us in close so we really can see something
Grade: B

Exclusive Images and Bantha Tracks Reprints:
This should be fun as we expect rare, exclusive mages from Lucasfilm vault from all five films. We've seen so much of this it is hard to suggest how popular of a feature it would be - judge yourself by the amount of days you pass by the Official Site just because all you see is an Image Attack and a Classic Moment. The inclusion of the old Bantha Tracks should be a fun trip down memory lane. For those of you that didn't catch the rare fan magazine of the 80s this could be a fun afternoon read.
Final thought:Good to have some old school stuff. Long live the classics!
Grade: B-

Clone War Cartoon:
Hyperspace will offer the first online availability of Clone Wars cartoons - which should place them up for download immediately after TV airing. In addition they will feature exclusive value-added DVD-like material just for members. I like this one, though again it is simply an advance look at content that non-paying members will also be getting shortly. The exclusive period we expect to be days or a couple of weeks at the very most, since this is marketing in essence and needs to be in the hands of the masses. We don't honestly know what to expect from the cartoon yet, so hopefully this is something they can hype from the start.
Final thought: We all want to know more about this cartoon. Give us an exclusive preview as well!
Grade: B-

Episode III “George Lucas Select” and Episode III web documentaries:
Again this is simply a time-sensitive bonus, all of this content will be made available for free after a brief exclusive period. This is going to be some great content, and the urge to have it in front of your eyes first may just drive you to pay the $20 and move on.
Final thought: Hopefully this year's Selects will show more and Hyperspace members can download this content to the hard drive.
Grade: B

Ad Removal:
Surfing without ads is good, though like most web regulars I've trained my eyes to note them and move on. They aren't that distracting, some occasionally have something good to say, and they pay for the site. Losing them isn't the greatest benefit in the world, but if you surf on sw.com that much you'll know they've got some terrible pop-ups and java script stuff that appears right over the body of the article. Farewell, annoying ads.
Final thought: Nice benefit, but not the strongest selling point.
Grade: B-

Celebrity Talks:
There are going to be several planned live online talks with the cast and crew of Episode III from Sydney and the U.S., plus on-going with authors, artists, editors, licensees, etc. And while we know zero specifics and they have nothing concrete yet, you can see this is going to be great. Again, anything Episode III is going to sell me. So, come through on this and I'll love you forever.
Final thought: Many. Often. All about Episode III.
Grade: A-

Everything Else:
Contests, the twice weekly broad Star Wars happening round-up "Delta Source” newsletter, a Star Wars email address and enhanced features on the message board message I'm not interested in one bit. The avatar should be standard and I'm surprised the Official Site's software isn't powerful enough to handle personal profile pages as well previously. The Cargo Bay enhanced features also fail to appeal to me, since I'm not the biggest collector in the world.
Final thought: Nice, but insignificant for me.
Grade: C

The Bottom Line:
So are you willing to choose to make the jump to Hyperspace? They've put plenty of cards on the table for you to make up your mind, and after reading a few Episode III set diaries you may just be Forced to swipe the credit card. I do wish that StarWars.com wasn't the first movie franchise to start this trend, it only causes an uproar in the hearts of many beleaguered fans of the franchise. However, there are really going to be some great things, and as a few JCers have stated, it is only a buck fifty a month when you pay by the year. Is that a big deal? In principle perhaps, but in the end I don't think this is a fight you're going to win.

Final thought:
Weigh the pros and cons in your mind, then make a statement with your money either way.

Overall Grade: B"

Fairly interesting breakdown and handy to weigh what interests you and what doesn't, what are true bonusses and what are just info/items you merely get to see a bit sooner.

06-03-2003, 10:05 AM
Sounds cool and all.......but like was said earlier, why didn't they just put it on the damn dvd in the first place. My money will be spent elsewhere.

06-03-2003, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by Leemu Taos
Sounds cool and all.......but like was said earlier, why didn't they just put it on the damn dvd in the first place. My money will be spent elsewhere.

What he said^

06-12-2003, 12:25 AM
Well after I got over being offended about having to pay I found out that its only $20 a year for Hyper Space. So Ive decided to go for it. Im a big enough fan and I really wanna see this stuff so alright. Anyway Ill post what I can about ep3 for those of you who still dont want to pay. :)

06-12-2003, 07:20 AM
I was going to subscribe, but the new site design has put me off now. Still deciding.

06-12-2003, 10:13 AM
Oh, its only 20 a year? Well dang, that changes things. I'm more interested now. I don't go to the official site as often as I do fan sites, so I didn't know the price scheme. I was put off by the idea of paying at all, but 20 a year isn't much...hummm

06-12-2003, 02:48 PM
You know, I've been a big Star Wars fan since 1978...and yet, I just can't be bothered subscribing to see exclusive content or all that other stuff. I'm interested in Episode III...but not enough to start looking up people's noses to see how many nasal hairs they have.

I don't want to buy into the hype machine...and I don't really want to see anything except maybe a short trailer before I see Episode III in the cinema.

It's not like the SW franchise is short of cash, anyway.

So I won't be subscribing.

Jedi Apprentice
06-12-2003, 03:39 PM
I'm just going to give it time to see how good the content is and maybe even if the price drops.

I don't want to see too many spoilers though....

What a tough decision. :rolleyes:


:eek: This is my 1000th post! :D

06-17-2003, 11:11 AM
Well the reason that they didn't include it on the DVD is becuase it wouldn't fit ? WTF DVD's are supposed to crammed full of extras and there was hardly anything on the EP2 DVD, a 3rd disc wouldnt have hurt if they couldn't "Fit" it onto the 2nd disc now would it, so im quite dissapointed at Lucasfilm for that, but lets hope he does better for EP3 DVD :)

06-17-2003, 01:33 PM
I'm definetly not gonna pay for it.

06-17-2003, 07:09 PM
I say an add for it on Tech TV, I started signing up but then saw it costed money and I quit right away.