I love films but I fucking hate the cinema. If someone came up to me and offered me the opportunity to pay between 10 and 15 quid to sit in a dark room, a gnats dick away from total strangers and listen to them whisper at each other, listen to them eat the noisiest foods ever conceived by man (a high percentage of which will also stink), watch them play on their mobile phones or hear they're hilarious ring tones but in return I'd get to see 30 minutes of adverts followed by a film...well, I'd punch that someone in the face. I really hate the cinema.|
Fairly obviously this limits my exposure to new films and I can't understand why. I don't know how the movie distribution business works (aside from the idea that cinemas don't make much money showing the film but selling the extras - no idea if that is true) but I don't understand for the life of me why film producers like Warners, Universal, Disney etc don't have their own online platform for showing new movies at release.
Not even their own platforms (which, given the example of Origin might not be a great idea anyway), but third party providers have some huge companies operating them. Surely there is more competition between Netflix, LoveFilm, Amazon, Zune etc than there is between Odeon and another cinema chain I can't actually name because I've only ever been to an Odeon. I can't really see any way that releasing movies online at the same time as theatrical releases wouldn't make producers more money as more people would be able to see the film. I can't be the only person who would prefer to watch new releases from the comfort of my own home?
I understand that the cinema is an 'experience' that you buy into these days, but too often it is a pretty bad one. With the amount of connectivity in the world and the penetration of online streaming in many homes shouldn't we start seeing major films released online?
This rant contains a genuine question somewhere.
Edited by Shikasama at 15:08:24 23-07-2012
Edited by Shikasama at 15:09:05 23-07-2012
My own slice of the internet is here: http://www.maulsquad.com - it isn't very good.