The only thing stopping Hollywood from releasing movies to VOD earlier is… Hollywood. They could do it if they wanted to. There’s no law stopping them, there’s not technical limitation.
They’ve imposed an artificial limitation as a lever to get what they want. If there were actual serious demand for movies on VOD sooner, I seriously doubt Hollywood would leave the money lying on the table.
Conference Report: “The Conversation: The Future of Cinema, Games and Online Video: New Tools, New Distribution, New Rules”
A report from this conference that discussed strategies of change and survival in our ever shifting media landscape.
Microcinemas Meet Macroeconomics: The siren call of DVD lures alternative exhibitors into distribution
Hollywood claims that more than three billion dollars are lost each year to pirates who illegally copy VHS tapes or burn DVDs for the home market. So fierce is the concern over black market revenue losses that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) agreed to provide screeners to Academy members (who vote on Oscar nominations) only if they sign a pledge that the tapes would be strictly for personal use. Screeners on DVD, a format that has supplanted VHS as the industry standard, were not offered as an option.
The following sketches ideas which will be developed more fully in a forthcoming article on California Newsreel's 30th Anniversary and its implications for independent social change film production and distribution. The author is Co-director of California Newsreel but the views expressed here do not reflect those of California Newsreel.
I suppose, in the overused parlance of the time, this should be an occasion to "celebrate" California Newsreel and its 30th anniversary. Age, however, disposes me towards more sober and sobering reflections.
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