Would you pay $50 for first-run movies in your home?

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  1. eliasbboy

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    http://collider.com/jj-abrams-steven-spielberg-peter-jackson-screening-room-sean-parker/

    Well this is interesting. Earlier this week, Napster founder Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju ruffled feathers by announcing plans for a new venture called Screening Room, which aims to provide first-run movies straight into the homes of viewers for a premium price—$50 to be exact. This isn’t the first time such a service has been considered, but in the past these ventures have failed due to pressure from theater chains, which are none too pleased about seeing potential revenue drops when folks can watch the same movies at home. However, Screening Room just got a massive boost in the form of a “thumbs up” from a triumvirate of Hollywood filmmaking titans.

    Per Variety, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and J.J. Abrams are backing the company, as are Ron Howard and his producing partner Brian Grazer. That is some serious clout for such a controversial venture, and seems to ensure that this thing might actually take off. Sony Pictures vice chairman Jeff Blake is also a shareholder, and while only some of these filmmakers have actually invested money, all of them hold shares in the start-up.


    So what’s the rub? How does Screening Room work and what makes it different from previous premium home entertainment services? Users will be charged $150 for access to the anti-piracy equipped set-top box, which provides a safeguard from studios worried that Star Wars: The Force Awakens or what have you is going to leak onto the internet in pristine quality. Moreover, at $50 a movie, Screening Room is offering to cut theater owners in on some of the revenue, as much as $20 per film, while also offering two free tickets to each customer to see the movie at a theater, where the hope is that concessions will be purchased. And we all know overpriced popcorn and child-sized sodas are where theaters really make their money.

    This is an attempt to assuage fears from theater chains that their revenue will shrink should premium services such as Screening Room take off, and it’s rather smart. Giving them a cut of the deal, and enticing customers to actually go out to the theater later and buy snacks, is an olive branch of sorts.

    Customers will have 48 hours to watch the movie, with the idea “to capture an audience older than teens and young adults, who might have responsibilities such as children that prevent them from going to the theater.” That makes sense. While $50 is mighty expensive per movie, this service won’t only cater to those with plenty of disposable income. For parents or handicapped people that have trouble leaving the house, Screening Room offers the opportunity to see these big event films at the same time as everyone else rather than having to hope that Netflix somehow lands the streaming rights in a year’s time.
     
  2. WillyBest

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    Porno in 4k? Sure.
     
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    no fucking way am i paying more to watch a movie than the tickets in the theaters costs. iMax costs $22 a seat and they want me to pay $50 a seat and make my own popcorn? JJ can go back to sucking off studio execs for all i care.
     
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    Will you pay for me, bro?
     
  5. BearShit

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    I am a movie nerd

    sign me up
     
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    No.
     
  7. Bobby Axelrod

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    I wouldn't pay 50 cents to see a JJ Abrams movie.
     
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    Hell no.
     
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    I'd rather just go to the theater. Bigger screen, better sound. Chairs are getting mighty comfortable.
     
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    i'm old fashioned: i want my movies to have a beginning and an ending. JJ stores start in the middle, only show the beginning when they run out of other ideas, and never have an ending.
     
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    yeah. the theaters here have reserve seating and i dont have to clean up after.
     
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    fuck that

    and i go to the movies every weekend
     
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    Pass. I have become very happy with watching movies in reverse mirror mode. Kinda makes me feel like I am in England, so I have that going for me too.
     
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    hell no to 50 bucks a movie.

    for 10 bucks i can get in and it in a big comfy seat, and if the row is empty enough i can pull up enough armrests and just lay on some of the chairs while I watch the movie.
     
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    theaters are fucking terrible
     
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    I'd rather just wait for it to be on Redbox so I can get it for a buck on a night I'm so bored I have to watch a movie.
     
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    Most movie theaters have bed bugs BTW :sarcastic:
     
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    maybe 10 years ago. not now, except maybe in lower Manhattan or in Harlem (where they call the bed bugs "black chicken" and eat them with hot sauce).
     
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    Alert! :yell:

    Someone has hacked @DarkFriday's account! DK passing on no crowds or kids.

    Unless he values the big theater experience......



    Damn you DK!

    I find your belief system fascinating!

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