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I Heard You Paint Houses/ The Irishman

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Reply #60 on: August 29, 2019, 07:07:10 AM
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A bigger problem that theaters are probably considering is what kind of precedent a deal with Netflix would set for other studios that are entering the streaming space in earnest. If NATO, the governing body for major exhibitors, negotiated with Netflix, then Disney might want the same deal in order to get its movies to the online Disney+ service more quickly. Warner Bros., which is prepping a streaming app called HBO Max, would want in, too, and so on.

Just like that, the movie business would be inexorably changed, with multiplexes existing only to screen films for a few weeks. That could be the beginning of the end for theaters, part of an inevitable slouch toward the cinematic experience taking place exclusively at home. Theaters, of course, still offer the kind of immersive and communal experience that at-home viewing cannot. But it would be risky for NATO to allow a one-month window to become the new norm across the industry.

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Reply #61 on: August 29, 2019, 10:33:34 AM
It'll be interesting to see what solutions are proposed or tested. There's two forces at work here, of course, the theaters business and the awards qualification criteria. Netflix isn't making multiplex blockbusters, they're making mid-budget adult fare - classic awards bait. They want to show their films in theaters not only to appease their filmmakers but to qualify for awards. Disney is a different beast, and you've got to imagine they're happy to milk as much money as they can from their IP - both in theaters, and Disney+, and countless special edition blu ray releases. The theatre model does need to change, but it absolutely can survive. They just need a major shift to satisfy what their customers want. Likewise, maybe awards qualification standards need an overhaul - each studio submits a limited quota of films for consideration, theatrical release be damned, perhaps something similar to how different countries submit for the international Oscar?
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