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Internet Movie Theater

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So you've got your ridiculously large flat screen HDTV, your surround sound home theater system and your ever expanding DVD collection. And yeah, you've got your Netflix and your bit torrents, but what you still don't have is a way to legally watch a movie at home the day it comes out. And why not? We have the technology to stream movies online, so why can't we have an online movie theater too? You know that there are some movies that aren't worth going to the theater for because they aren't very...well, cinematic. And that's where the IMT comes in.
Weird Scientist, Jun 27 2010

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       How is this technically different from on-demand video?   

       The timing of when a movie becomes available through the various distribution channels seems to be purely a policy decision by the movie producers, who are trying to make as much money as possible. You can disagree that they've optimized that, or disagree that that should be the criterion - but it's not the "invention" that's missing here, it's the willingness on part of the studios.
jutta, Jun 27 2010

       But that's exactly the point, "the willingness of the studios". The IMT would allow Independent filmmakers to subvert the studio system by going directly to the audience without having to rely on "art house" theatres that wouldn't even give them as big of an audience as this would. But yeah, technically speaking, there wouldn't be any difference between this and on-demand stuff.
Weird Scientist, Jun 27 2010

       So, is a new type of engine made with old technology a real idea or simply the notice of a thing Ford never had the willingness to take part in?
daseva, Jun 27 2010

       actually this WOULD require a new technology. consider this; the reason the film makers want us to go see the film in the cinema first then buy it later is because they know that to see it in the cinema you must buy a ticket and thus you must spend money however to see a film at home or on dvd you either need the dvd (or alternate access) or you need a friend who has the dvd,t he point being that one person pays for said dvd or download but lots and lots of people can watch it. in this situation the film makes £13 from the sale of the dvd which may be seen by 10 people (as an example) rather than £50 it could have made by selling tickets for £5 to 10 people The reason i say this would require new technology is because the film makers would want to A. make sure you can only watch it once per time that you pay and B. possibly charge per the number of people viewing. if the technology existed to do this then i'm sure they would try it but getting part A to work while still having the film viewable on a standard TV seems pretty impossible to me. good idea though so i'll be the first to bun you
ComatoseSheep, Jun 28 2010

       [ComatoseSheep] This is exactly the same as video on demand and online movie rental, no?
Alx_xlA, Jun 28 2010

       not entirely @Alx_xlA if i was to watch a movie on demand i typically have the ability to do so for a day or on one purchase, but i can easily record the film fromt hat so that i dont need to pay again, i can then if i choose to, lend that film to countless people, thus only paying once to allow many many people to see the movie which of course is a drawback for the film makers. As a result of this no film company in their right mind would be willing to put a new cinema release onto such a system as they know it would badly damage how much cash that film can make. What i'm talking about is a system which makes this impossible somehow, it makes it so that literally you pay to play the film and there is no way to record it or watch it again, that way the company gets the money they require, assuming the average living room wont comfortably hold more than say 5 people in a movie watchnig scenario they could work out pricing accordingly. Personally i believe that if Weird Scientists idea got around the replay aspect and possibly even the number of people watching problem then the studios would become very willing indeed
ComatoseSheep, Jun 29 2010

       But you've still got the analog hole problem.
Alx_xlA, Jul 01 2010


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