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Is The Movie Industry Imploding?

June 13th, 2013 No comments
Future Movie Ticket?

Future Movie Ticket?

“Movie going will be more like a sporting event.” – George Lucas

Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are predicting that the movie industry as we (sorta) know it today is dying. If you look around, there’s truth to what they’re forecasting.

You don’t need to be an economics analyst to understand that movie theaters rely on Hollywood to pump out over hyped films in order to rent you a seat for a few hours and sell you some grossly overpriced sugar water. What’s happened since the American economy tumbled some years ago is that many people still need to be entertained, however we’re guarding our money more and things like going to a movie become a luxury.

Internet services like Netflix, Hulu, and even YouTube are rapidly growing which happen to be lower cost alternatives to cable and satellite television. This year’s E3 expo revealed the Xbox One touted to be a “next generation” entertainment hub for your living room or bedroom, but Microsoft banked on current trends and market clearly failing to understand that many people are ditching ever climbing cable and satellite bills in favor for much lower cost alternatives, much like we’re currently ditching our home telephone service for mobile phones now. That Monday morning water cooler chat about what movies and programs watched over the weekend aren’t the same as they once were. I personally watch more YouTube and stream Netflix than watch television.

So could these two Hollywood giants truly envision the demise of their own industry? I think they’re pretty spot on. Independent film making is growing, however their distribution is still lacking. Producing feature films and television programming have become far less in cost as compared to let’s say 5 years ago thanks to innovations in digital equipment, recording, and editing, however the studios and corporations themselves are equally as greedy to monetize their products for maximum exposure and profits as quickly as they can, forgoing quality. When was the last time you went to a movie theater? Was it worth your $10-$15 USD per ticket? The public at large has spoken by not rushing out to view their content, avoiding the price premium to view it later for less money.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Apple TV vs. Google TV… FIGHT!!

October 26th, 2010 No comments

First of all, I’ve yet to purchase either of these, however let’s just look at features & details, shall we?

Yes, Apple TV displays at 720p however your shiny new HDTV clearly reads on the box 1080p… so it must suck, yes? Dumbass, 1080p is Blu Ray movies. That “HD” Discovery Channel feature you saw on sperm whales last week was also broadcast in 720p… it’s still hi def, hello! Bandwidth for 1080p is massive and not just yet widely available, so 720p is just fine to display on your amazing plasma display. Besides, I’m talking movies and music. Who does it better than Apple with iTunes and organizing entertainment
media, eh?

Alright yes, I’m a fanboi but let’s look closer… do you already own a PC in your home already? Do you already have a DVR? Why in the hell do you need essentially yet another “media center” to manage recorded programs and surf online videos like YouTube, Hulu, etc.? Listen, we both have Netflix (if you don’t, meh) and odds are you’re a geek like me, you’ve got gobs of video and audio files already, however watching pr0n, err, that educational DVD you legally own and ripped for your own archiving and personal backup (pfft…) sucks to view on a 15″ screen without squinting like an Asian man outside on a bright sunny day, why not proudly display that shit on your whopping 50″+ HDTV instead?

Google TV is for the layman. Read: dumbass. Sure, they both have the same capabilities with streaming media, however Google TV will have apps (Android Market) when all you really need or want is to watch your media when you want it; now. I don’t need yet another frigg’n computer to manage what’s on or even what to watch; I have my own collection plus whatever I can stream from Netflix. Google TV boasts a Chrome browser in addition to connecting your external Blu Ray player, internet media, DVR, whatever. Basically, another thing to connect to this guy to connect to that guy to connect to the other guy… why for, Jackson? You really need yet another web browsing appliance, SRSLY?

Google TV is cool for those guys trying to act likely they’re hip by flipping through Electronics Today magazine, but I’ll pass while I continue to swig on the Apple juice, straight from Cupertino concentrate for only $99.

Netflix looking into streaming-only option for US ‘over the coming months’

September 24th, 2010 No comments

Here’s what I think since you asked… this would be a great thing for gaming consoles around the world (well, the USA at least) since millions of PS3′s and Xbox 360′s are in homes right now. Great opportunity for Netflix to penetrate yet another marketplace for entertainment.

At a hypothetical $5 per month, an unlimited streaming only option would make it “cheap” enough for most anyone to have the service. If you don’t already have Netflix, it’s an awesome resource which cures the “nothing good on TV right now” syndrome. I’m certain that you would still be able to view Netflix on your iPhone/iPad, web browser, web enabled HDTV, Chumby, or whatever other internet equipped appliance you may have with such an account.

All 3 major game consoles do now have the capability to stream Netflix now with the PlayStation going disc-less in about a month making it a cost-effective alternative to cable or satellite TV. Where I’m twisted is that newly released movies are only available on BluRay or DVD, not instantly streamed. It is cheaper for Netflix to stream that movie to you vs. mailing you a physical disc, so what gives? What opinions do you have about a disc-less Netflix vs. the ability to have a DVD or BluRay shipped for the newly released?

Source : Engadget

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