Hollywood studios plotting to fire movies into our homes sooner

24 May 2010

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If you’re someone who is canny with their cash, the idea of a trip to the cinema with a companion is something that is likely to bring you out in a panic-induced rash.

Two tickets plus booking fee – about £12. Shitty snacks and drinks for you both – about a tenner. And that’s before you consider upgrading to things like 3D screenings or extra long hot dogs. But it’s not all bad – getting to sit next to some bell-end teenager who won’t shut up or having the back of your seat repeatedly kicked by some wanker with no social skills all comes free of charge.

All that could change soon, if a new proposal from Time Warner Cable in the US of America gets the green light. They’re on the brink of announcing a deal with several Hollywood studios that would allow customers to see the latest films in their homes far sooner than they do at present.

Right now, a four-month buffer between cinematic and DVD/Blu-ray release is in place but that could soon be slashed to just 30 days with Time Warner’s new ‘home theatre on demand’ plan. Warner Bros, Disney Studios, Universal, Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox are believed to have had a sniff at the idea and they like what they smell.

The new system could be in place by the end of the year over the pond with a UK launch almost certain to follow if it’s a success. Cinemas would almost certainly be hit by the new way of doing things but this could be a sign that the major studios don’t give that much of a shit about the cinemas any more, with more and more of us enjoying cinema-esque experiences in our homes.

And now, the proposed price of this new, so-called ‘home theatre on demand.’ Between £14 and £21. Better invite some mates round to make an evening of it and charge them on their way in.

[Telegraph]

TOPICS:   TV   Cool Stuff

13 comments

  • The B.
    If they really wanted to get movies into my home sooner then they'd release industry screens more often, Oscar season always gives the best quality pirates to download.
  • The B.
    If they really wanted to get movies into my home sooner then they'd release industry screeners more often, Oscar season always gives the best quality pirates to download.
  • The B.
    Sorry, I'm using a Desire on Vodafone to post and the first attempt timed out but apparently still posted.
  • Wonky H.
    Real Bob is a bit like that chap from the Colgate Advert, seems to have to say everything twice. "No sharp pain" "No sharp pain"
  • Wonky H.
    Real Bob is a bit like that chap from the Colgate Advert, seems to have to say everything twice. “No sharp pain” “No sharp pain”
  • Quick B.
    whats the fox bumming angle ?
  • That t.
    My Mrs likes nothing better than to choke on my extra long hotdog, she loves it when the sauce sprays all over her face.
  • Craig D.
    WTF IS DIS REAL?!
  • Wonky H.
    Next to our local cinema there is a pub call the Black Cock Inn, and of course they do a lovely cider. My wife can't get enough of that Black Cock Inn cider, and hence we are always at the pictures.
  • PaulH
    You just hit the nail on the head with the "wanker kicking your chair" remark - This is the major reason why I never go to the cinema any more...After puking my way through Indiana Jones 4 and some cock-monkey booting my chair I raised my middle finger to the cinema and now download all their crap films...Up yours film industry...
  • Nobby
    If I want to pretend I am in the cinema, I just pour coke on my sofa, throw popcorn all over the floor then sit and watch adverts for half an hour.
  • Ten B.
    [...] Hollywood studios plotting to fire movies (pictured, right) into our homes sooner [...]
  • dude
    £12 for tickets? and the rest! Its £9 a ticket over the counter at our local odeon and they have the crappy 'we allocate seats' system.. (and thats not london prices..) 2 people into the cinema is probably the best part of £20+ online...

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