Hollywood studios plotting to fire movies into our homes sooner
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.