Letang Is The Truth wrote:will we ever get to a point where you can stream new release movies? i would rather pay 20 bucks and stay at home and watch a new movie in my jammers than go to the movies
You can now. Prima Cinema is $35,000 just for the player, not including the [corporate quality approved] projection set up. A thumb print scan is taken to prove the owner is watching the film, and the one time viewing rental is $500.
But beyond Elon Musk and Dr Dre smaller films are starting to do it now. The hockey movie Goon was released onto iTunes and whatnot while it was still showing up in theaters.
Warner I think has piloted a system where a recently released film (say 3 weeks or so into it's run) can be rented for $30. Thats kind of what you're mentioning.
A theater-less distribution system would fundamentally alter the entire Hollywood landscape. For most films the bulk of all money made is in the theater (and in a few years China will supplant the US as the top grossing country). And it is made in the first 10 days or so of release. After 10 days more of the ticket money goes elseware (like the theaters).
Money made on ticket sales goes back to the production arm of a studio - the people who put up money to make the film. Money made on DVD sales, Netflix streaming rights, ad naseum repeats on FX, etc goes to another part of the company who had nothing to do with production costs.
3D, Imax, XD, D-Box, etc are all things to try getting you out of your house and into a theater. Everything about most movies (sound and picture wise) is decided based on the idea of you watching it on a projection screen in a large room.
What the China factor will do to movies is pretty interesting. When the majority of the money is made there then Hollywood will aim China as their audience for the tent pole pictures.