Printed from http://www.electronista.com

On-demand movies may arrive 30 days after theaters

updated 08:05 pm EDT, Fri May 21, 2010

VOD deal would step up movie releases quickly

Movies could reach video on demand much faster in the near future, according to new tips [subscription required]. Following a proposal by Time Warner at the Cable Show that movies reach VOD within 30 days for a premium price of $20 to $30, a leak at the WSJ has Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner willing to sign onboard. The fast-track service, if agreed to, would go live as soon as the fall or early 2011.

Some, such as Fox and Paramount, may not be immediately willing to offer the service.

The approach would be controversial as it would potentially jeopardize traditional theater business by reducing the incentive to visit instead of simply staying at home. Theater owners have been known to object to the policy and have threatened to refuse movies released under policies, even with significantly longer three-month periods.

It may also have a hurtful effect on digital releases. Services like iTunes and Netflix are often given a delay between a movie's release on DVD and its rental option as an attempt to steer customers back towards physical copies and traditional VOD. While it could potentially shorten the time when movies are available online, it could also be used to create an artificially longer buffer time between VOD and purely digital.

Sony has experimented with pre-DVD releases in the past by renting directly to TVs for a premium, but no outside studios have so far agreed to the model.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000

    0

    Huh?

    $20-$30?????

  1. zaghahzag

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2006

    +1

    20$-30$

    No thanks. Nobody without a huge fat wallet will pay that much. As soon as they stream these, they will have full quality versions on Torrent. Again another industry megafail.

    I pay 10$ a month for netflix. Why pay 2 times that to watch a movie i could have seen in the theater for 1/2 of what they are charging to watch it at home?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB drive

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But h ...

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News