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Watching new theatrical releases at home might cost you some bucks

Aug. 16, 2010by: Dave Davis

Got yourself a crucial home theater setup? Do all the peripheral frustrations make venturing to the cinema a less than optimal experience? You may get to watch new (or reasonably new) releases in the comfort of your abode soon, but it's gonna dip into your pocket.

The notion was mentioned a few months ago, when the MPAA and the FCC were exploring the possibilities of allowing recent movies "to be sent directly to American households over secure high definition transmission lines from their cable or satellite providers prior to their release on DVD or Blu-ray."

Now according to this Reuters article, we've got a hypothetical price tag: "Under terms discussed so far, cable or satellite customers choosing to watch first-run movies at home would have to pay around $24.99 for a movie 60 days after its theatrical release, and up to $50 for a 30-day window. Those terms are not yet finalized but studios have held talks in recent months with pay-TV operators including DirecTV and Time Warner Cable, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Two sources told Reuters at least one studio is pondering a trial run as early as this fall with a yet-to-be-decided film, to gauge audience reception for the novel concept."

Fifty bucks (or "up to" that amount) seems like some steep scratch for a month-old movie, but I suppose it depends on your intolerance of humans and/or inability to wait the standard 4-6 month window for DVD and VOD (and the additional hold for Netflix rotation).

Extra Tidbit: Would you pay that cash? How much would you pay? Would it depend on the movie?
Source: Reuters

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5:16PM on 08/17/2010

Never gonna happen

There's no way this happens,it would be less than hour after the first showing of say Thor,on w/e they call this service and it would be on the torrent sites.I sure hope it does,but i ain't counting on it.
There's no way this happens,it would be less than hour after the first showing of say Thor,on w/e they call this service and it would be on the torrent sites.I sure hope it does,but i ain't counting on it.
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1:20PM on 08/17/2010

Pirates Rejoice!

LOL. This would be pure boon for pirates out there with a half-way decent rig: just hook up the cable to a legacy video input card with legacy software (no special blocks demanded by Hollywood built into the program) and let it rip!

Seriously... Hollywood is not thinking this through completely at all.

Stick with DVDs - they're get nearly impossible to hack when compared to Blu-Rays that are so easy to rip that they're sluttier than your sister.
LOL. This would be pure boon for pirates out there with a half-way decent rig: just hook up the cable to a legacy video input card with legacy software (no special blocks demanded by Hollywood built into the program) and let it rip!

Seriously... Hollywood is not thinking this through completely at all.

Stick with DVDs - they're get nearly impossible to hack when compared to Blu-Rays that are so easy to rip that they're sluttier than your sister.
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1:17PM on 08/17/2010
Are they freakin' high!?!
Are they freakin' high!?!
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1:16PM on 08/17/2010

No way

I wouldn't pay $50 unless it was a new release, and a couple people chipped in. Like in the old days, when I ordered WWE Westlemainia or a Mike Tyson fight, have your friends chip in order food you like and drink and be total assholes in the confort of your home. I would pay $30 max, because I have 2 kids and a wife, we nornally spend about $60-$80 in the theater with the tickets and popcorn, not to mention dinner. I would order a $30 movie, go to Blockbuster, get 2 tubs of Popcorn for $5
I wouldn't pay $50 unless it was a new release, and a couple people chipped in. Like in the old days, when I ordered WWE Westlemainia or a Mike Tyson fight, have your friends chip in order food you like and drink and be total assholes in the confort of your home. I would pay $30 max, because I have 2 kids and a wife, we nornally spend about $60-$80 in the theater with the tickets and popcorn, not to mention dinner. I would order a $30 movie, go to Blockbuster, get 2 tubs of Popcorn for $5 total and got to the store and get a $.99 cent 2 liter. Order pizzas, and the night is straight!
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1:01PM on 08/17/2010
No way I'd pay $50 for movie at home. As far as the comments below about rude theater etiquette, I agree. I'm fortunate enough to have a Gold Class Cinema in my area. On Sundays tickets are $22 each but that includes all the soda you want, it's 21 and over only, comfy chairs and you can order alcohol and real restaurant quality food. I will never go to a regular theater again.
No way I'd pay $50 for movie at home. As far as the comments below about rude theater etiquette, I agree. I'm fortunate enough to have a Gold Class Cinema in my area. On Sundays tickets are $22 each but that includes all the soda you want, it's 21 and over only, comfy chairs and you can order alcohol and real restaurant quality food. I will never go to a regular theater again.
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12:26PM on 08/17/2010

No thanks.

When you buy the movie for $12-15 roughly 4-6 months after the movie is in theaters, why bother? You watch a movie in the theater for a shared experience, and a lot of movies are better with a crowd than by yourself.
When you buy the movie for $12-15 roughly 4-6 months after the movie is in theaters, why bother? You watch a movie in the theater for a shared experience, and a lot of movies are better with a crowd than by yourself.
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8:54AM on 08/17/2010

Personally

I'd pay $50 if these were released on OPENING day. I mean. I'd invite a few friends over, pop open a few beers, and order a pizza. All shit you can't do at a theater. It ALREADY costs $10.50 a movie, and if you have a few friends over tossing up their share, it'll only be a few bucks each.
I'd pay $50 if these were released on OPENING day. I mean. I'd invite a few friends over, pop open a few beers, and order a pizza. All shit you can't do at a theater. It ALREADY costs $10.50 a movie, and if you have a few friends over tossing up their share, it'll only be a few bucks each.
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8:28AM on 08/17/2010
Way too much to spend on a movie just to have it 30-60 days after it is released. With Blu-ray, I pay that amount, I may have to wait till it gets to blu-ray but it's worth the wait and I'm sure the general public keeps busy enough that their not dying to see the movie right away. I'm sticking to the theaters and waiting for blu-ray.
Way too much to spend on a movie just to have it 30-60 days after it is released. With Blu-ray, I pay that amount, I may have to wait till it gets to blu-ray but it's worth the wait and I'm sure the general public keeps busy enough that their not dying to see the movie right away. I'm sticking to the theaters and waiting for blu-ray.
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8:08AM on 08/17/2010
This is another big step towards the end of theaters and the movie-going experience as we know it. Seriously - how come people are becoming so scared of actually going out once in a while? You should check out segment 3 of "Tokyo!", directed by Bong Joon-ho, that's how we'll all eventually end up. Not a future I wanna be a part of.
This is another big step towards the end of theaters and the movie-going experience as we know it. Seriously - how come people are becoming so scared of actually going out once in a while? You should check out segment 3 of "Tokyo!", directed by Bong Joon-ho, that's how we'll all eventually end up. Not a future I wanna be a part of.
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7:07AM on 08/17/2010

"kids these days"...

I tell you, you can definitely see where cheap DVD's have spoiled some of you people. Back in the late 80's, if you wanted a new release on VHS just 6 months after release, you payed out the nose for it. Like at least $50, sometimes $90 for new releases. And this direct transfer media is much better quality product. Maybe some of the older crowd should dust off those memories, and set these kids straight. We only got cheap media recently, and people still bitch it's too high.
I tell you, you can definitely see where cheap DVD's have spoiled some of you people. Back in the late 80's, if you wanted a new release on VHS just 6 months after release, you payed out the nose for it. Like at least $50, sometimes $90 for new releases. And this direct transfer media is much better quality product. Maybe some of the older crowd should dust off those memories, and set these kids straight. We only got cheap media recently, and people still bitch it's too high.
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6:14AM on 08/17/2010

WTF????

50 BUCKS for a movie???? if these guys werent real, they had to be invented, this is so ludicrous i cant even express it in words :S

thats even more expensive than getting the actual DVD/Bluray, are they insane?

i hope for their sake, its just a figure someone trough out there to get it started, but if they are serious about this, they better get that price on the down low or theyre going to have a very short run :D :D :D


P.S. even if it had a decent price tag, say 15 bucks, i
50 BUCKS for a movie???? if these guys werent real, they had to be invented, this is so ludicrous i cant even express it in words :S

thats even more expensive than getting the actual DVD/Bluray, are they insane?

i hope for their sake, its just a figure someone trough out there to get it started, but if they are serious about this, they better get that price on the down low or theyre going to have a very short run :D :D :D


P.S. even if it had a decent price tag, say 15 bucks, i still wouldnt use it, i love going to the movies, its a great experience, and if the movie is right, it can be the time of your life ;)
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4:15AM on 08/17/2010

Nope

Personally I would just shell out $6.50 and go to the theater or wait for the DVD.
Personally I would just shell out $6.50 and go to the theater or wait for the DVD.
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2:26AM on 08/17/2010
for 50 bucks it would have to be a 0 day showing.
for 50 bucks it would have to be a 0 day showing.
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2:19AM on 08/17/2010
I see the "test drive" movie this fall being either Inception, Scott Pilgrim or Toy Story 3. It's gonna be a movie that's either not making much in theaters at the moment or already had it's run. It's also gonna be something they could target toward more than one audience (it'd be a risky starter otherwise). This excludes the Expendables so I guess it's just a matter of which studio is starting it off. Disney, Universal or Warner Bros. My money is personally on Toy Story 3. It's a crowd
I see the "test drive" movie this fall being either Inception, Scott Pilgrim or Toy Story 3. It's gonna be a movie that's either not making much in theaters at the moment or already had it's run. It's also gonna be something they could target toward more than one audience (it'd be a risky starter otherwise). This excludes the Expendables so I guess it's just a matter of which studio is starting it off. Disney, Universal or Warner Bros. My money is personally on Toy Story 3. It's a crowd favorite no matter what age.

As for the idea itself, i don't know. On one hand it can be cheaper and more convenient depending on the size of the group but on the other I wonder how long it'll take pirates to figure out how to steal these movies. If that happens then movies will be online for free within a month of release. Could hurt them.
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1:58AM on 08/17/2010
That's dope. Get 5 people to watch and its $10 each, that's like going to the movies without the trip.
That's dope. Get 5 people to watch and its $10 each, that's like going to the movies without the trip.
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1:54AM on 08/17/2010
If this were launched today, how many people would shell out $50 for SALT? I don't think too many would... whereas, if this were launched tomorrow, how many people would shell out $50 for THE EXPENDABLES? Many more. I know having NO window for Theaters will never happen, but also, who is going to spend that type of money for a movie that has been out for a month when they can just wait another 2 months and own it on DVD. They could just go to Red Box and rent the latest release from there.
If this were launched today, how many people would shell out $50 for SALT? I don't think too many would... whereas, if this were launched tomorrow, how many people would shell out $50 for THE EXPENDABLES? Many more. I know having NO window for Theaters will never happen, but also, who is going to spend that type of money for a movie that has been out for a month when they can just wait another 2 months and own it on DVD. They could just go to Red Box and rent the latest release from there.
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12:37AM on 08/17/2010

I'm hip to this for 1 reason...

My hope is that all those idiots who keep checking their cellphones in the theater will instead go with this home cinema shit, and let me enjoy my $8 movies in peace FOR ONCE!
My hope is that all those idiots who keep checking their cellphones in the theater will instead go with this home cinema shit, and let me enjoy my $8 movies in peace FOR ONCE!
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6:24AM on 08/17/2010
yeah, that´s about the only reason for this to be ok, well, this and the popcorn eating mongrols that inhabit the theatre rooms :P hehehe
yeah, that´s about the only reason for this to be ok, well, this and the popcorn eating mongrols that inhabit the theatre rooms :P hehehe
12:15AM on 08/17/2010
Even if I had the money I'd still go to the theater, because I enjoy the experience. I love cheering, clapping and laughing my ass off with my fellow audience members (when it's appropriate, of course). But, in my recent experience, there's been a SEVERE decline in movie theater etiquette. When I saw The Expendables the chick sitting next to me kept checking her damn cell phone, and even answered it at one point! It was during an action sequence which is to say, it was really fucking loud.
Even if I had the money I'd still go to the theater, because I enjoy the experience. I love cheering, clapping and laughing my ass off with my fellow audience members (when it's appropriate, of course). But, in my recent experience, there's been a SEVERE decline in movie theater etiquette. When I saw The Expendables the chick sitting next to me kept checking her damn cell phone, and even answered it at one point! It was during an action sequence which is to say, it was really fucking loud. She put the phone away after that, thankfully.

But there was still the idiot down in front who periodically would check his Blackberry, the douchebag behind me who kept kicking my seat, and the guy who brought his three year old daughter to the movie and let her run around---in shoes that light up! I didn't even know they still made those things!

My point is, if they want us to have an enjoyable experience at the movies I think they ought to put a lot more focus and work into solving the aforementioned problems. That's what I want, at least. As someone below me already said, having a choice might be good. It's really a matter of personal taste.
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6:28AM on 08/17/2010
oh man, i´m every bit as simpathetic as i can be, i´ve been there to, and it pisses me off people like this, that have no respecto for others :S
oh man, i´m every bit as simpathetic as i can be, i´ve been there to, and it pisses me off people like this, that have no respecto for others :S
12:14AM on 08/17/2010

its a rarity that all 4 of us venture...

to the theater together. its usually myself and one of my kids. $50 for alice in wonderland? look, suck is suck in the theater or the living room. so at those rates...im still a theater going/have patience for dvd kind of guy.
to the theater together. its usually myself and one of my kids. $50 for alice in wonderland? look, suck is suck in the theater or the living room. so at those rates...im still a theater going/have patience for dvd kind of guy.
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1:10PM on 08/17/2010
But wouldn't you once like to see a new release with your "whole" family instead of just one? It could great as a once and a while type thing
But wouldn't you once like to see a new release with your "whole" family instead of just one? It could great as a once and a while type thing
11:58PM on 08/16/2010
If I could bring over all the guys in my fraternity, split the cost, and have a night where we all watch The Expendables (or something similar in the future) without going to the theater, I'm fucking sold.
If I could bring over all the guys in my fraternity, split the cost, and have a night where we all watch The Expendables (or something similar in the future) without going to the theater, I'm fucking sold.
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11:53PM on 08/16/2010
I really enjoy the movie theater experience, but choice is always good.
I really enjoy the movie theater experience, but choice is always good.
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11:22PM on 08/16/2010

Family Friendly

I have 3 kids. Minimum movie at matinee time with snacks is $60. Add 3D or god forbid IMAX and the price goes much higher. So for $25-50 I could make a nice dinner theatre for the family and not have to worry about Mr. Laser Pen Guy, Oh No You Didn't Girl or Sir I Had Taco Bell Before The Show Man?!
I'm sold...
I have 3 kids. Minimum movie at matinee time with snacks is $60. Add 3D or god forbid IMAX and the price goes much higher. So for $25-50 I could make a nice dinner theatre for the family and not have to worry about Mr. Laser Pen Guy, Oh No You Didn't Girl or Sir I Had Taco Bell Before The Show Man?!
I'm sold...
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11:20PM on 08/16/2010

What?!!!

Uuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh, is that price tag only for big blockbusters because I order movies all the time before they hit theaters from my VOD and the most they cost is like $12. I actually just watched The Disappearance of Alice Creed for only $8 and watched Centurion for $12.
Uuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh, is that price tag only for big blockbusters because I order movies all the time before they hit theaters from my VOD and the most they cost is like $12. I actually just watched The Disappearance of Alice Creed for only $8 and watched Centurion for $12.
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11:16PM on 08/16/2010
Sounds great to me. The pirates will have this "secure transmission" crap cracked in no time and we'll no longer have to wait 5-6 months for HD versions of films.
Sounds great to me. The pirates will have this "secure transmission" crap cracked in no time and we'll no longer have to wait 5-6 months for HD versions of films.
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11:13PM on 08/16/2010

What a joke! I wouldn't pay that ever!

I can't imagine that anybody in their right mind would pay that sort of money. Half of the fun of going to the movies is the atmosphere, the smell, the surround sound, & the big screen. Granted the atmosphere is no longer what it used to be thanks to people bringing their 5 year olds to watch a 2 hour movie. I saw "Star Wars: ep 1" Besides it being a pretty weak flick (although I didn't despise it like so many others, it was still "Star Wars" C'mon!) it was further ruined by kids not
I can't imagine that anybody in their right mind would pay that sort of money. Half of the fun of going to the movies is the atmosphere, the smell, the surround sound, & the big screen. Granted the atmosphere is no longer what it used to be thanks to people bringing their 5 year olds to watch a 2 hour movie. I saw "Star Wars: ep 1" Besides it being a pretty weak flick (although I didn't despise it like so many others, it was still "Star Wars" C'mon!) it was further ruined by kids not shutting the hell up. There used to be some common courtesy when you went to see a movie that you didn't bring screaming kids, you turned off all your electronic devices, & you took off your hats & put your ridiculous hairstyles down. Someday there will be a theater chain that has certain rules that must be abided by or you have to leave the theater. You get 1 warning, then that's it you're gone. I can't remember the last time I went to see a movie on a Friday or Saturday night because it's the worst time to try & get into a films story. The best time to go is 12 noon midweek to get the best movie going experience. I would pay extra to go to a theater where above rules are put into place.
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11:12PM on 08/16/2010
Pay Wrestlemania prices for one movie that youll probably only watch once? Ill never complain about ticket prices again
Pay Wrestlemania prices for one movie that youll probably only watch once? Ill never complain about ticket prices again
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11:08PM on 08/16/2010
I don't know...studios were just starting to make strides in getting movies onto dvd a lot quicker. If this works though, I feel like it could prolong that process again.
I don't know...studios were just starting to make strides in getting movies onto dvd a lot quicker. If this works though, I feel like it could prolong that process again.
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11:03PM on 08/16/2010

that's actually cheap

The way I see it, this shit will go into "phases" and with PHASE 1 being about $50 for a month old movie, that's probably fine for the "early adopters" (aka rich people) who will likely not care much about the cost OR for major movie fans (like us) who will likely just set up "movie nights" and ask peeps to "chip in" for the cost (i.e. you get 5 people to come over @ $10 each) and YOU provide the free nachos!
The way I see it, this shit will go into "phases" and with PHASE 1 being about $50 for a month old movie, that's probably fine for the "early adopters" (aka rich people) who will likely not care much about the cost OR for major movie fans (like us) who will likely just set up "movie nights" and ask peeps to "chip in" for the cost (i.e. you get 5 people to come over @ $10 each) and YOU provide the free nachos!
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