Published Mar 10, 2016It's fun to romanticize a trip to the movies, from the freshly popped corn to the collective experience of taking in a big new picture with a large group. But sometimes the popcorn is not fresh at all, and the collective group is full of incessant coughers and people who can't stop looking at their phones. Sometimes, you just want to watch a movie in the comfort of your own damn home.
Indie distributors have been flirting with this idea for a while, offering video-on-demand releases of films on the same day (or even before) their limited theatrical release. Now, however, there's talk of doing the same thing for major blockbusters.
The idea is being proposed by Sean Parker, the media tech guru formerly known for Napster. He's launched a new company called the Screening Room that'll allow movies to be streamed at home on the same day as their theatrical release.
If it takes off, the service will cost $50 USD per movie. The service reportedly has some high-tech anti-piracy software.
In an effort to get movie theatres on board, each purchase will reportedly pay out $20 USD to cinemas. Further, there's talk of offering two free tickets to the movie with purchases. That way people will still head out and drop some cash at the concession stand.
The story was first reported by Variety, who explain that Universal, Fox and Sony are all interested in the service. AMC is also reportedly close to finalizing a deal with the service.