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Will this be the end of movie theaters? The FCC is allowing movie studios to broadcast into homes

05.07.2010

I hate to imagine a world without movie theaters.

Don't get me wrong, there are a few shitty things about the moviegoing experience: the person in front of you texting, a crying baby, and loud ass teenagers to name a few. However, it's nice to go out on a Friday night with some friends or your significant other to get a big bag of popcorn and enjoy a flick on the big screen.

I remember awhile ago that there was talk of newly released movies going straight to homes, but after awhile the talk died down so I thought nothing of it.

Now it's come to this...

The MPAA announced that the FCC granted their request that is "in the public interest" to permit 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."

Here's the rest of the press release:

“This action is an important victory for consumers who will now have far greater access to see recent high definition movies in their homes. And it is a major step forward in the development of new business models by the motion picture industry to respond to growing consumer demand.” said Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the MPAA. “We deeply appreciate the recognition by the FCC that recently released movies need special protection against content theft when they are distributed to home televisions.”

Specifically, the issue before the FCC was a request by the MPAA for permission to use selectable output control (SOC), which would allow televisions with digitally secure interfaces to receive high-definition content from a cable, satellite or IPTV provider, before its release on DVD or Blue-ray. Using SOC protects content because during the broadcast it essentially disables non-secure, analog outputs to avoid illegal circumvention and distribution of copyrighted material.

In its order, the FCC said: “On balance, this limited waiver will provide public interest benefits– making movies widely available for home viewing far earlier than ever before – without imposing harm on any consumers.” “The first, and best way to view movies will always be in movie theaters – and nothing can replace the pleasure this brings to millions and millions of people all across our country and the globe,” Pisano said. “But for those people unable to make it to the theater and interested in viewing a recently released movie, thanks to the FCC, they will now have a new option. For other consumers who prefer standard, linear, on-demand or DVD or Blu-ray options, these services will be unchanged."

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Is this the death of movie theaters?
Source: Deadline

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2:55AM on 07/20/2010

This is a blessing in disguise

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2:54AM on 07/20/2010

This is a blessing in disguise

I haven't set foot in a movie theater in over a year. The things I've noticed were the following: noisy and irritating teenagers, senior citizens who have to comment on every single scene they're seeing on the big screen, fellow moviegoers who are reminded by the movie ads prior to Feature Presentation to turn off their cell phones but then turn them on to chat or text message their buddies as their cell phone displays brightly light up to disturb and distract my movie viewing experience, and
I haven't set foot in a movie theater in over a year. The things I've noticed were the following: noisy and irritating teenagers, senior citizens who have to comment on every single scene they're seeing on the big screen, fellow moviegoers who are reminded by the movie ads prior to Feature Presentation to turn off their cell phones but then turn them on to chat or text message their buddies as their cell phone displays brightly light up to disturb and distract my movie viewing experience, and to top it all off, the floor is sticky with soda and popcorn and if I'm real lucky, I'll find myself stepping into some fresh and squishy gum, which takes at least half an hour to remove with some Goo Gone and a toothpick to remove the remaining pieces of gum embedded within the tires of my shoes. Do I miss that? Hell, no!

Besides, going to the movie theaters has become sooooo expensive and with all the crap that Hollywood dishes out nowadays, its not worth it. Heck, I just found out that Hollywood is planning a remake of “Hong Kong Phooey” based on the forgettable 1974 cartoon show about a mild-mannered janitor dog who transforms into Hong Kong Phooey to fight crime. Gee, its no wonder Hollywood has gone off the deep end. It would take a lot for me to go to the movie theater and shell out my hard earned seven bucks, which is rare. I have grown sick and tired of Hollywood with its lack of originality and all its remakes (with the exception of Battlestar Galactica) and I tend to focus on Indie and Foreign films instead. Oh sure, they are low budgeted, but at least they produce high quality films that are original, thought-provoking, funny, political, dramatic and even make you feel disturbed.

Besides, movie theaters is the worse place to take a first date because you can’t say anything to each other for two hours, you can’t interact in anyway, especially with other moviegoers who are complete strangers to begin with. I used to love going to the movie theaters, but not anymore for the above reasons. I rather stay home and watch all my movies on my giant big screen Home Theater System which is far superior to any of the movie theaters could ever hope to compete with. And I can invite family members and close friends without the hassle of dealing with obnoxious moviegoers who spoil the movie experience for everybody. In essence, the inevitable downfall of Hollywood is a blessing in disguise because it will allow other non-Hollywood studios and media a chance to thrive. R.I.P. Hollywood.
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2:53AM on 07/20/2010

This is a blessing in disguise

I haven't set foot in a movie theater in over a year. The things I've noticed were the following: noisy and irritating teenagers, senior citizens who have to comment on every single scene they're seeing on the big screen, fellow moviegoers who are reminded by the movie ads prior to Feature Presentation to turn off their cell phones but then turn them on to chat or text message their buddies as their cell phone displays brightly light up to disturb and distract my movie viewing experience, and
I haven't set foot in a movie theater in over a year. The things I've noticed were the following: noisy and irritating teenagers, senior citizens who have to comment on every single scene they're seeing on the big screen, fellow moviegoers who are reminded by the movie ads prior to Feature Presentation to turn off their cell phones but then turn them on to chat or text message their buddies as their cell phone displays brightly light up to disturb and distract my movie viewing experience, and to top it all off, the floor is sticky with soda and popcorn and if I'm real lucky, I'll find myself stepping into some fresh and squishy gum, which takes at least half an hour to remove with some Goo Gone and a toothpick to remove the remaining pieces of gum embedded within the tires of my shoes. Do I miss that? Hell, no!

Besides, going to the movie theaters has become sooooo expensive and with all the crap that Hollywood dishes out nowadays, its not worth it. Heck, I just found out that Hollywood is planning a remake of “Hong Kong Phooey” based on the forgettable 1974 cartoon show about a mild-mannered janitor dog who transforms into Hong Kong Phooey to fight crime. Gee, its no wonder Hollywood has gone off the deep end. It would take a lot for me to go to the movie theater and shell out my hard earned seven bucks, which is rare. I have grown sick and tired of Hollywood with its lack of originality and all its remakes (with the exception of Battlestar Galactica) and I tend to focus on Indie and Foreign films instead. Oh sure, they are low budgeted, but at least they produce high quality films that are original, thought-provoking, funny, political, dramatic and even make you feel disturbed.

Besides, movie theaters is the worse place to take a first date because you can’t say anything to each other for two hours, you can’t interact in anyway, especially with other moviegoers who are complete strangers to begin with. I used to love going to the movie theaters, but not anymore for the above reasons. I rather stay home and watch all my movies on my giant big screen Home Theater System which is far superior to any of the movie theaters could ever hope to compete with. And I can invite family members and close friends without the hassle of dealing with obnoxious moviegoers who spoil the movie experience for everybody. In essence, the inevitable downfall of Hollywood is a blessing in disguise because it will allow other non-Hollywood studios and media a chance to thrive. R.I.P. Hollywood.
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3:34PM on 05/10/2010

Sounds good, IF...

The prices are reasonable, I wouldn't mind paying $20 bucks for a movie. But whats stoping me from inviting some friends? But on the other hand, you are missing that "movie theater" experiance, so should the movies be cheaper? I's use it occationally, but not every week, I can wait 3 months for most Blu- Rays to come out.
The prices are reasonable, I wouldn't mind paying $20 bucks for a movie. But whats stoping me from inviting some friends? But on the other hand, you are missing that "movie theater" experiance, so should the movies be cheaper? I's use it occationally, but not every week, I can wait 3 months for most Blu- Rays to come out.
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9:42PM on 05/09/2010
I don't think this is gonna have much of an affect on theaters cause not very many people have huge screens in their homes, and would rather see films on the big screen.
I don't think this is gonna have much of an affect on theaters cause not very many people have huge screens in their homes, and would rather see films on the big screen.
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8:30PM on 05/09/2010
I've stated in a response to a JoBlo forum post-that I would as well hate to see my local Theaters/Cinemas and Drive-In take a $$$ hit worse than they already have over the last few years. On the other hand not everyone for whatever reasons? get out to the Theaters etc. Hence for them this would be an awesome option. Overall I'm not quite sure it would impact the Movie venues seeing that's where the real big screen experience happens. (for me at least wouldn't change a thing).
I've stated in a response to a JoBlo forum post-that I would as well hate to see my local Theaters/Cinemas and Drive-In take a $$$ hit worse than they already have over the last few years. On the other hand not everyone for whatever reasons? get out to the Theaters etc. Hence for them this would be an awesome option. Overall I'm not quite sure it would impact the Movie venues seeing that's where the real big screen experience happens. (for me at least wouldn't change a thing).
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8:26PM on 05/09/2010
I do think this will have an impact on theatres, but it's difficult to say just how much it will affect them. I'm married, with 2 kids so going to the theatre is a treat. We really only go for the ones that have to be seen on the big-screen simply for the experience. Anything else we simply wait for DVD. In my case something like this would simply make movies available sooner that I wouldn't have gone to the theatre for anyway. The big blockbusters I would still want to see on the big-screen,
I do think this will have an impact on theatres, but it's difficult to say just how much it will affect them. I'm married, with 2 kids so going to the theatre is a treat. We really only go for the ones that have to be seen on the big-screen simply for the experience. Anything else we simply wait for DVD. In my case something like this would simply make movies available sooner that I wouldn't have gone to the theatre for anyway. The big blockbusters I would still want to see on the big-screen, and also a few movies would be for date nights when my wife and I are wanting to get out of the house.
I don't think most people see this the way I do though, so I do believe a lot of people will trade the theatre experience for being able to stay at home.
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6:49PM on 05/09/2010
Until this is released, I really am unsure of the effect. It could open up a quicker revenue stream for companies. I could find myself going to the theater less because of gas prices alone. Add in the high cost of soda and popcorn, yes, I know this is how theaters make their money, but no jobs last forever.

Things change, and either you adapt and change, or you fall behind.

Also, Americans have become lazy. I wonder why we are so obese vs. 20 years ago. We do everything at home, and have
Until this is released, I really am unsure of the effect. It could open up a quicker revenue stream for companies. I could find myself going to the theater less because of gas prices alone. Add in the high cost of soda and popcorn, yes, I know this is how theaters make their money, but no jobs last forever.

Things change, and either you adapt and change, or you fall behind.

Also, Americans have become lazy. I wonder why we are so obese vs. 20 years ago. We do everything at home, and have no real reason to leave our homes. Some of my friends now work from home, so, no need to leave the house and head to work. Work whatever hours they want, and make decent money. They have all put on a good 20-30 pounds, and in the future their health will not be good. But, this is the way we are headed.
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2:42PM on 05/09/2010
It won't fly. It's a natural and innate desire to want to get out of your house and do something and the love of movies on a HUGE ass screen are a part of that. People like collecting in groups and being away from the everyday. Movie theaters satisfy that need on that level. Also no one I know has a 60 foot screen and I don't care how sweet your home system is I'd rather watch my films in a big ass theater. The secret to not having to deal with assholes in a theater? Hit a weekday matinee (if
It won't fly. It's a natural and innate desire to want to get out of your house and do something and the love of movies on a HUGE ass screen are a part of that. People like collecting in groups and being away from the everyday. Movie theaters satisfy that need on that level. Also no one I know has a 60 foot screen and I don't care how sweet your home system is I'd rather watch my films in a big ass theater. The secret to not having to deal with assholes in a theater? Hit a weekday matinee (if you can). They seem to attract smaller crowds and people who really do want to see a film minus the jerkoff texting in front of you.
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9:43AM on 05/09/2010
I absolutely love this idea but doubt I'll get to take part in it. I'm a single guy and assume that the price of a movie is going to be something like 30 to 40 dollars so there's no way I'll be buying.
I absolutely love this idea but doubt I'll get to take part in it. I'm a single guy and assume that the price of a movie is going to be something like 30 to 40 dollars so there's no way I'll be buying.
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7:23AM on 05/09/2010
I for one LOVE going to the movies. I LOVE it when people sit in front of me and use their phone. It gives me something to complain about. It's fun to lean over to the person and quietly tell them to turn their bloody phone off or the next call they make will be out of their ass. Or like the time I personally confiscated a phone and told them they can have it back at the end of the film. (true story).
I don't think they have put a hell of a lot of thought into this. When my mate and I go to
I for one LOVE going to the movies. I LOVE it when people sit in front of me and use their phone. It gives me something to complain about. It's fun to lean over to the person and quietly tell them to turn their bloody phone off or the next call they make will be out of their ass. Or like the time I personally confiscated a phone and told them they can have it back at the end of the film. (true story).
I don't think they have put a hell of a lot of thought into this. When my mate and I go to the movies they get 2 lots of $17 but if this happens then they get 1 lot of whatever they charge so they will lose $$$ hand over fist. I mean I can pay for 1 ticket and drag over 20 mates to watch a movie. I suck at maths but that adds up to some serious dosh.
The box office numbers will be up the shit, They won't know how many people are watching their films and piracy will be worse than ever before, setting up a video camera in front of their big screen LCD etc with no security to stop them.
So I say to the fuckers that dreamed up this crappy idea to think again.

LONG LIVE CINEMA...
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9:31PM on 05/09/2010
I have told people to shut up before but confiscating their phone? You are my fucking hero.
I have told people to shut up before but confiscating their phone? You are my fucking hero.
9:19AM on 05/10/2010
Brer B8a, I couldn't have said it better. You effing confiscated the phone?! If you could see me right now you'd see more tears of joy stream down my face than a preteen at a Twilight premiere. Hero, my friend...grade-A hero.
Brer B8a, I couldn't have said it better. You effing confiscated the phone?! If you could see me right now you'd see more tears of joy stream down my face than a preteen at a Twilight premiere. Hero, my friend...grade-A hero.
2:33AM on 05/09/2010

Allow the market to decide...

You know, folks are acting like this is a done deal. "The Sky is falling!" Hey guess what? Capitalism and the marketplace is a fantastic thing! If you don't like this idea. DO NOT SUPPORT IT! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATER! Wow! That's easy isn't it. No one is holding a gun to your head to watch the latest release at home instead of on the IMAX. And that way, when a cool indy flick comes out that isn't screening anywhere near you, you can still show it some love if you want. This isn't a
You know, folks are acting like this is a done deal. "The Sky is falling!" Hey guess what? Capitalism and the marketplace is a fantastic thing! If you don't like this idea. DO NOT SUPPORT IT! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATER! Wow! That's easy isn't it. No one is holding a gun to your head to watch the latest release at home instead of on the IMAX. And that way, when a cool indy flick comes out that isn't screening anywhere near you, you can still show it some love if you want. This isn't a disaster. Pay for shit you like! It's just that easy!
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12:27AM on 05/09/2010

Not the end

It's easy to have a knee jerk emotional reaction to this announcement but there is little to support this will be the end of movie theaters.

What this means is a lot of lower level movies that few people see in the theater anyway will have an easier time finding an audience. Ultimately it is another, alternate form of viewing; not a replacement. Many Indie films that have no marketing budgets may actually benefit greatly from this.

Big movies like Iron Man 2 will still make a crap-ton of
It's easy to have a knee jerk emotional reaction to this announcement but there is little to support this will be the end of movie theaters.

What this means is a lot of lower level movies that few people see in the theater anyway will have an easier time finding an audience. Ultimately it is another, alternate form of viewing; not a replacement. Many Indie films that have no marketing budgets may actually benefit greatly from this.

Big movies like Iron Man 2 will still make a crap-ton of money in theaters because people will always want to experience a spectacle large and loud. No home theater system can equal the theater experience unless you are living in a mansion with your own personal screening room.

Technology has forever changed and will continue to change the entertainment landscape and people have to start accepting that, growing pains and all.
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9:48PM on 05/08/2010
Popcorn and pop will be cheaper haha
Popcorn and pop will be cheaper haha
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9:18PM on 05/08/2010
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9:17PM on 05/08/2010
This really pisses me off. This is proof that we are the laziest country in the world. First, we can't go to the video store anymore, now we can't go to the theatre either. I agree there are some annoying things about going to see a movie, but you can't beat the big screen atmosphere. They could care less about the "public interest", all they care about are dollar signs.
This really pisses me off. This is proof that we are the laziest country in the world. First, we can't go to the video store anymore, now we can't go to the theatre either. I agree there are some annoying things about going to see a movie, but you can't beat the big screen atmosphere. They could care less about the "public interest", all they care about are dollar signs.
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9:11PM on 05/08/2010
This really pisses me off. This is proof that we are the laziest country in the world. First, we can't go to the video store anymore, now we can't go to the theatre either. I agree there are some annoying things about going to see a movie, but you can't beat the big screen atmosphere. They could care less about the "public interest", all they care about are dollar signs.
This really pisses me off. This is proof that we are the laziest country in the world. First, we can't go to the video store anymore, now we can't go to the theatre either. I agree there are some annoying things about going to see a movie, but you can't beat the big screen atmosphere. They could care less about the "public interest", all they care about are dollar signs.
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7:40PM on 05/08/2010

No... no no no no no

This is not a bad idea. It's a horrendous one, and a travesty if this really does mean the end of movie theaters.

How the hell will they stop people from using a capture card on their TV, or linking it through to their computer to use a capture card on it there? What will stop people from doing that?

This is a terrible idea, through and through.
This is not a bad idea. It's a horrendous one, and a travesty if this really does mean the end of movie theaters.

How the hell will they stop people from using a capture card on their TV, or linking it through to their computer to use a capture card on it there? What will stop people from doing that?

This is a terrible idea, through and through.
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6:23PM on 05/08/2010

No, sir. I don't like it.

Granted, I don't enjoy every aspect of the cinema-going experience, but it's still a night out. I'll take the sometimes bad experiences at the theater just so I can say I was out in public. You know, interacting with people.
Granted, I don't enjoy every aspect of the cinema-going experience, but it's still a night out. I'll take the sometimes bad experiences at the theater just so I can say I was out in public. You know, interacting with people.
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8:01PM on 05/08/2010
What are these "PEOPLE" you speak of? I've never heard of them.
What are these "PEOPLE" you speak of? I've never heard of them.
5:05PM on 05/08/2010
Video game parlors, video stores, record stores and now movie theaters are soon to become extinct.
Video game parlors, video stores, record stores and now movie theaters are soon to become extinct.
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4:22PM on 05/08/2010

about time

i am so for this. i really cannot remember the last time i enjoyed a movie without any type of distractions, save for maybe indie movie theaters. even midnight showings have interruptions now (fuck you the couple who brought the baby at midnight). i really don't go to theaters anymore because of all the bullshit with them. so...i'm down.
i am so for this. i really cannot remember the last time i enjoyed a movie without any type of distractions, save for maybe indie movie theaters. even midnight showings have interruptions now (fuck you the couple who brought the baby at midnight). i really don't go to theaters anymore because of all the bullshit with them. so...i'm down.
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11:25PM on 05/08/2010
Fucking babies at midnight showings. Almost killed Batman Begins.
Fucking babies at midnight showings. Almost killed Batman Begins.
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3:37PM on 05/08/2010
Isn't this the same idea theater owners were whining about a few months ago, that movies were coming out on DVD etc too soon and not enough time for the theater run? Wouldn't this be even worse as there would be no reason to see it in the theater if you can get it on your TV soon after it comes out? Listen to all those theater owners whine now!
Isn't this the same idea theater owners were whining about a few months ago, that movies were coming out on DVD etc too soon and not enough time for the theater run? Wouldn't this be even worse as there would be no reason to see it in the theater if you can get it on your TV soon after it comes out? Listen to all those theater owners whine now!
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2:11PM on 05/08/2010

For it!

I for one hate the theater experience. It never fails, I always have some stupid fuck behind me being loud and annoying or a stupid bitch in front of me asking her boyfriend what happens next (he doesn't know retard he hasn't seen the movie yet) I welcome this news with open arms. I honestly skip movies at the theater in fear some jerk off will ruin my experience and I'm out 10 bucks. I usually wait for DVD/Bluray for most titles these days anyway and appreciate the movies so much more.
I for one hate the theater experience. It never fails, I always have some stupid fuck behind me being loud and annoying or a stupid bitch in front of me asking her boyfriend what happens next (he doesn't know retard he hasn't seen the movie yet) I welcome this news with open arms. I honestly skip movies at the theater in fear some jerk off will ruin my experience and I'm out 10 bucks. I usually wait for DVD/Bluray for most titles these days anyway and appreciate the movies so much more.
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2:03PM on 05/08/2010
At least pirates won't have to worry about shitty cams any more. As for the "security" on these broadcasts, someone out there will find a way around it... they always do.
At least pirates won't have to worry about shitty cams any more. As for the "security" on these broadcasts, someone out there will find a way around it... they always do.
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1:51PM on 05/08/2010
If they allow a movie to have its run in theaters, then release it to home viewing in half the time the blu-ray/DVD is released I'm all for it.
Hotels currently do it. They offer movies that have not been released for blu-ray/dvd and are still in the theatere. They just charge 10 bucks for it.
I would love that option at home! But not at the cost of losing local movie theaters.
If they allow a movie to have its run in theaters, then release it to home viewing in half the time the blu-ray/DVD is released I'm all for it.
Hotels currently do it. They offer movies that have not been released for blu-ray/dvd and are still in the theatere. They just charge 10 bucks for it.
I would love that option at home! But not at the cost of losing local movie theaters.
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1:36PM on 05/08/2010

Our culture doesn't cease to amaze me

I swear as time goes on the general public is getting fatter, dumber, and lazier. Do we really need all this stuff delivered to us? We seem to cater to these people, and we wonder why there are so many fat kids out there, hell, not even just fat kids, lazy, uncoordinated kids that don't even climb over fences, or scrape their knees anymore because their parents are giant pussies.
I swear as time goes on the general public is getting fatter, dumber, and lazier. Do we really need all this stuff delivered to us? We seem to cater to these people, and we wonder why there are so many fat kids out there, hell, not even just fat kids, lazy, uncoordinated kids that don't even climb over fences, or scrape their knees anymore because their parents are giant pussies.
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2:42PM on 05/08/2010
This, this and this so much. Its sad, honestly.
This, this and this so much. Its sad, honestly.
9:16PM on 05/08/2010
Now those same parents will spray sanitizer on the play button before watching a steaming movie.
Now those same parents will spray sanitizer on the play button before watching a steaming movie.
9:17PM on 05/08/2010
Now those same parents will spray sanitizer on the play button before starting a movie.
Now those same parents will spray sanitizer on the play button before starting a movie.
12:27PM on 05/08/2010
I don't think this will be the death of theaters, I see this as another OPTION for viewing pleasure...I mean, there are small towns that don't even have teathers let alone IMAX but they do have cable and broadband.
I don't think this will be the death of theaters, I see this as another OPTION for viewing pleasure...I mean, there are small towns that don't even have teathers let alone IMAX but they do have cable and broadband.
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11:57AM on 05/08/2010

Great

Americans were ALREADY too lazy to partake in physical activity. Now we're too lazy to even be lazy
Americans were ALREADY too lazy to partake in physical activity. Now we're too lazy to even be lazy
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11:04AM on 05/08/2010
To address the specifics of the article without the paranoia of believing that the MPAA actually wants to do away with theaters (their biggest $$$$ maker) Via On Demand, we're already able to watch new movies for between 6.95 - 9.95 which I love. Granted that at present the majority of those films are IFC selections but I love it. These are movies that I have no chance of seeing unless I want to travel to the city. I watched "The Human Centipede" on Sunday night for 6.95. That's less than
To address the specifics of the article without the paranoia of believing that the MPAA actually wants to do away with theaters (their biggest $$$$ maker) Via On Demand, we're already able to watch new movies for between 6.95 - 9.95 which I love. Granted that at present the majority of those films are IFC selections but I love it. These are movies that I have no chance of seeing unless I want to travel to the city. I watched "The Human Centipede" on Sunday night for 6.95. That's less than the price of an average ticket, minus the traveling fees to the city (gas, tolls, parking) I thin it's fantastic to have such an option. On the other, I went to the theater last night to see Iron Man 2, why, because it's a film that deserves the theater experience and I am grateful that it exists. All in all, it comes down to being offered another option. Home theater will never replace theaters for the masses, there's too much escapism involved in the theater experience to let that happen, but isn't it nice to have the choice and accessibility to the smaller films we'd like to see?
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10:15AM on 05/08/2010
Scary.
Scary.
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10:13AM on 05/08/2010

Great...

Great...Now my IMAX experience will be on this shitty small monitor.
Great...Now my IMAX experience will be on this shitty small monitor.
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9:30AM on 05/08/2010

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It's still going to be beneficial from a financial standpoint to release movies in theaters before home video. This is especially true for family films and blockbusters. Let's say--and this is unlikely--that a studio charges $20 to have it in your house for a viewing, this is still NOTHING compared to a family of 4 going to see a movie at the theater and paying 10 bucks a ticket + concessions. I know the studios don't make money on the concessions, but they certainly make more on a family of
It's still going to be beneficial from a financial standpoint to release movies in theaters before home video. This is especially true for family films and blockbusters. Let's say--and this is unlikely--that a studio charges $20 to have it in your house for a viewing, this is still NOTHING compared to a family of 4 going to see a movie at the theater and paying 10 bucks a ticket + concessions. I know the studios don't make money on the concessions, but they certainly make more on a family of 4 or 5 or even a group of 8 friends who go to a theater. Imagine 15 college kids paying one fee to see a movie as opposed to buying 15 tickets. . . . this is why it seems unlikely to replace theaters in my mind.
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8:45AM on 05/08/2010
The FCC can fuck off and die. This wont happen.
The FCC can fuck off and die. This wont happen.
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7:25AM on 05/08/2010
F**K that!! Just F**K THAT!!
F**K that!! Just F**K THAT!!
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7:24AM on 05/08/2010
It will never happen. As long as there are movies (and studios to back them), there will always be theaters.

Mainly if anything because of the reason that a few years ago every major director in the movie scene declared that if they cannot show their movies at a theater, then they will stop directing.
It will never happen. As long as there are movies (and studios to back them), there will always be theaters.

Mainly if anything because of the reason that a few years ago every major director in the movie scene declared that if they cannot show their movies at a theater, then they will stop directing.
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6:29AM on 05/08/2010
This is what started the premise for the matrix. Why don't they just live-feed thats hit into our brains via nano-manipulated potato chips.
This is what started the premise for the matrix. Why don't they just live-feed thats hit into our brains via nano-manipulated potato chips.
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5:05AM on 05/08/2010
I don't think it will go over all that well. What I'm most worried about is that it means the MPAA will have more control over the content that you watch in your home. I don't know the details of stuff like this but it just feels like the cold calculating plan of up tight conservatives.

Only 2 people I know might like this and even then I can't imagine them preferring to stay in. At least you'll be able to buy popcorn at a reasonable price. But this is bad idea.
I don't think it will go over all that well. What I'm most worried about is that it means the MPAA will have more control over the content that you watch in your home. I don't know the details of stuff like this but it just feels like the cold calculating plan of up tight conservatives.

Only 2 people I know might like this and even then I can't imagine them preferring to stay in. At least you'll be able to buy popcorn at a reasonable price. But this is bad idea.
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3:28AM on 05/08/2010
this is a dumb idea. avatar proved it is totally unnecessary.
this is a dumb idea. avatar proved it is totally unnecessary.
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2:28AM on 05/08/2010
Bad idea. I don't think it'll kill theaters, but it does seem like a bad and unnecessary move.
Bad idea. I don't think it'll kill theaters, but it does seem like a bad and unnecessary move.
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1:56AM on 05/08/2010
I set up my home theater to be as close to a theater experience as possible with a 120 inch screen for my digital projector. Nothing beats going to the actual theater though. At home there are so many disturbances with annoying pets and other people not watching the film inturrupting it by coming in and asking you questions about stupid shit. Yes there are annoying people at the theaters using their phones and talking (I usually just tell them to shut up and they usually do)but it is still
I set up my home theater to be as close to a theater experience as possible with a 120 inch screen for my digital projector. Nothing beats going to the actual theater though. At home there are so many disturbances with annoying pets and other people not watching the film inturrupting it by coming in and asking you questions about stupid shit. Yes there are annoying people at the theaters using their phones and talking (I usually just tell them to shut up and they usually do)but it is still better than the home experience. I love watching trailers in the theater and at home I skip through all that shit. Theaters hopefully will never go away.
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2:21AM on 05/08/2010
I've never had that problem. The people I'm living with respect my privacy. My pets don't disturb at all.
I've never had that problem. The people I'm living with respect my privacy. My pets don't disturb at all.
10:41AM on 05/08/2010
My dogs for some reason feel the need to climb on my lap and not lay but just sit straight up and or sit there and beg for my popcorn.
My dogs for some reason feel the need to climb on my lap and not lay but just sit straight up and or sit there and beg for my popcorn.
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1:46AM on 05/08/2010

That's Not What This is About

The FCC was never banning streaming to the home. The MPAA has been asking for the right to selectively block content to television using analog cables (the multiple colored cables) on HD TVs. The FCC has been saying that's not allowed. It's easier to pirate off of analog cables, so the MPAA has refusing to stream "premium" content direct to the home until it can cut off all analog devices from receiving it.

What the FCC did today was relent to that. The FCC said they felt streaming to the
The FCC was never banning streaming to the home. The MPAA has been asking for the right to selectively block content to television using analog cables (the multiple colored cables) on HD TVs. The FCC has been saying that's not allowed. It's easier to pirate off of analog cables, so the MPAA has refusing to stream "premium" content direct to the home until it can cut off all analog devices from receiving it.

What the FCC did today was relent to that. The FCC said they felt streaming to the home was valuable to the consumer, but that the MPAA would never offer it without that selective blocking of certain TVs, so now the MPAA is allowed to block your TV from receiving "premium" content.

So the MPAA said "we're gonna sit here and shot ourselves in the foot AND fuck over everyone until you let us pick and choose the people we want to fuck." And today, the FCC said "fuck away".
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1:45AM on 05/08/2010

There's a catch.

While this may look like we're gonna' get to watch Captain America a month after its theatrical debut, I highly doubt that's the case. It sounds like the movie will be available to homes about 3 weeks - a month before the Blu-Ray hits stores. Maybe a lil' earlier. Still, I understand people enjoying the comfort of their homes, but a cinema has its charms...despite annoying teenagers and all. I doubt a big number will buy into this. If they do, we're all gonna' end up like those fat future
While this may look like we're gonna' get to watch Captain America a month after its theatrical debut, I highly doubt that's the case. It sounds like the movie will be available to homes about 3 weeks - a month before the Blu-Ray hits stores. Maybe a lil' earlier. Still, I understand people enjoying the comfort of their homes, but a cinema has its charms...despite annoying teenagers and all. I doubt a big number will buy into this. If they do, we're all gonna' end up like those fat future humans in Wall-E if technology keeps heading in this direction. :P
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12:57AM on 05/08/2010

Quick Addition....

And just yet another thing to promote antisocial behavior among communities.
And torgospizza has a point that they never mention opening day releases, why would they? Warners Bros would rather pump Batman 3 in homes to make 200 mill opening weekend?
And just yet another thing to promote antisocial behavior among communities.
And torgospizza has a point that they never mention opening day releases, why would they? Warners Bros would rather pump Batman 3 in homes to make 200 mill opening weekend?
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12:09AM on 05/08/2010

Can you people read?

The article states that it is "prior to the release on DVD and Blue-ray (sic)." This has nothing to do with "a world without movie theaters", Niki. To me this sounds like FCC leveling the playing field for other Netflix Instant / Roku / Amazon Video providers for movies about to be released to HOME DISTRIBUTION. That's all.
The article states that it is "prior to the release on DVD and Blue-ray (sic)." This has nothing to do with "a world without movie theaters", Niki. To me this sounds like FCC leveling the playing field for other Netflix Instant / Roku / Amazon Video providers for movies about to be released to HOME DISTRIBUTION. That's all.
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12:00AM on 05/08/2010

Just one question........

Why doesn't anyone want to leave their house anymore?
Why doesn't anyone want to leave their house anymore?
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12:25AM on 05/08/2010
Agreed. Everything that involves leaving the house seems to be dying.
Agreed. Everything that involves leaving the house seems to be dying.
11:46PM on 05/07/2010

The Short Answer: Yes...

Why would people continue to go to the theater and drop $50 on a movie they could watch at home for $10-$20? At home there are clean restrooms (and seats for that matter), the only noisy kids/teenagers are your own, there is a pause button, there aren't half an hour of commercials prior to the start of the movie and the popcorn is WAY less expensive...

That being said, I believe there are enough theater purists out there to keep a theater or two open in big cities (New York, LA, etc.) but
Why would people continue to go to the theater and drop $50 on a movie they could watch at home for $10-$20? At home there are clean restrooms (and seats for that matter), the only noisy kids/teenagers are your own, there is a pause button, there aren't half an hour of commercials prior to the start of the movie and the popcorn is WAY less expensive...

That being said, I believe there are enough theater purists out there to keep a theater or two open in big cities (New York, LA, etc.) but on the whole, this will be the end of theaters as we know them today...
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11:51PM on 05/07/2010
I spend a max of $20 when I go to the show. That includes drink, snack and ticket. If it's still going to cost 10-20 at home then it's worth the big screen.
I spend a max of $20 when I go to the show. That includes drink, snack and ticket. If it's still going to cost 10-20 at home then it's worth the big screen.
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11:41PM on 05/07/2010
Yeah, I don't know about this. The movie theater experience is just something that cannot be replicated at home. It would be a benefit for some, especially people with disabilities where theaters make it difficult or impossible to view. I doubt it will kill theaters, but it will certainly (hopefully) weed out the crappy ones and lower ticket prices.
Yeah, I don't know about this. The movie theater experience is just something that cannot be replicated at home. It would be a benefit for some, especially people with disabilities where theaters make it difficult or impossible to view. I doubt it will kill theaters, but it will certainly (hopefully) weed out the crappy ones and lower ticket prices.
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11:39PM on 05/07/2010
Well honestly I wouldn't call this the death of the theaters. Until there is matched technology readily and cheaply available to the average person as in a movie theater then maybe. Even then you have to have an enormous room. But there are still way too many people (myself included) who not only enjoy the atmosphere but just don't want to watch brand new movies at home on a small screen in a small room.
Me for example, I hate being in my house, I grew up in the city and moved just outside of
Well honestly I wouldn't call this the death of the theaters. Until there is matched technology readily and cheaply available to the average person as in a movie theater then maybe. Even then you have to have an enormous room. But there are still way too many people (myself included) who not only enjoy the atmosphere but just don't want to watch brand new movies at home on a small screen in a small room.
Me for example, I hate being in my house, I grew up in the city and moved just outside of town, any chance I get I'll get out of the house, into the city and watch a movie with some chums.

But who knows, numbers might fall enough when it's common in the lower middle class to have 60 inch TVs or 100+ inch projectors that they might have to shut some down.
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11:24PM on 05/07/2010
This may be the end of movie theatres in 20+ years, but the technology is still too limiting for it to replace theatres at any point sooner than that. It is an interesting development, though
This may be the end of movie theatres in 20+ years, but the technology is still too limiting for it to replace theatres at any point sooner than that. It is an interesting development, though
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