Monday, January 13, 2014

Film Industry Nonsense!

The film industry is fighting a losing battle.  They release a film and then make the public wait for months to see it in any way save going to a theater.

They don’t get it.  Even among teenagers, fewer and fewer people want to go through the hassle of fighting traffic to get to a theater, parking, paying a high price for a ticket and even higher prices for refreshments, sitting next to someone with body odor and then not being able to hear well because of some incessant chatter between people.

We want to watch films at home or on some mobile device we use, at a time that suits us.  I would be willing to pay a reasonable (even a high) price for a DVD or pay to get the movie streaming through the Internet if I could get it when the film is released.  But that’s not possible.  I can’t find any place to buy a new release.  I guess there are piracy options but I haven’t checked them out.

For decades the music industry adopted the same stance.  Don’t let people have individual songs.  Make them buy the album.  Steve Jobs and Apple finally broke this stranglehold and surprise – everyone is making more money than ever because what people want is available.

Film producers, distributors and even theater owners should realize that sooner or later their limited view of an outdated business model is going to come back and bite them in the ass.  In the meantime, I have to wait 3, 4, even 6 months to get a newly released film on my home screen.

It’s nonsense!


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