First I want to say I LOVED the movie. It's not something that would necessarily stand alone as a movie, but that is not what they are trying to do. It was so great to spend time with these characters again.
Also as one reviewer pointed out, the town of Neptune always had a huge income inequality problem and the rich and powerful trying to, and often succeeding, at getting away with stuff. And Veronica often exposed these.
In the movies and TV shows, we like to see the rich and powerful get brought down a peg, because it doesn't seem to happen in real life.
So a rich and powerful studio system picks up the suddenly popular kid and then says, "Hey, we'll help you finish it. For a cut.' Makes sense.
So, I watched the move last night on VUDU, which was a service via my LG BluRay player. I paid 5.99 for the HD feed. It worked fine and looked fine.