Theaters threaten to kill trailers for movies going to Premium VOD
Despite new MPAA boss Christopher Dodd’s assurance that he has the best interests of the movie industry in mind and recent findings from a research firm that suggest the overall impact of Premium VOD on box office numbers will be negligible, owners remain leery of the fledgling service. But with ticket sales for 2011 already down, even a minor threat seems voluminous for affected theater chains.
AMC has pledged new programs to drive folks back to the multiplex as others threaten to block trailers of upcoming films chosen for the still-nascent Premium VOD program. Is this much ado about nothing, or are theater owners rightfully worried?
Regal Entertainment boldly declared that if participating studios don’t rethink their Premium VOD strategy, the company will take drastic measures when it comes to their future releases. The chain promises to pull trailers for upcoming movies tapped for Premium VOD release, as well as limit the trailers it shows of non-Premium VOD titles from those same studios.
AMC issued a statement that was less forthcoming with how the company would retaliate if its requests weren’t honored, but admitted they would act accordingly.
“We have notified studios of our expectations regarding economic arrangements on movies that go p-VoD,” said AMC. “It is not wise to discuss details in the press, and company policy precludes it, but as these windows shrink and threaten our industry’s future, it is only logical to expect AMC to adapt its economic model.”
One key difference between the theater companies is that AMC seems solution-oriented. Instead of petulantly pointing the finger of blame at Premium VOD, it’s promising new programs to renew the theater-going experience’s appeal.
“We are in the midst of a multi-year, multi-million dollar rollout of digital projection and 3D, IMAX and our own proprietary ETX format,” reads the statement. “We are also introducing a new guest rewards program, better-for-you items, enhanced food and beverage offerings, dine-in theater options and alternative, engaging programming for our guests to enjoy in our comfortable, state-of-the-art auditoriums.”
High hopes in spite of foundering ticket sales, but Premium VOD still faces a significant price hurdle despite its promise of convenience. Titles selected for the quicker-than-usual 60-day scheduling will cost consumers $30 each.
Are theater owners worried over nothing and looking to blame their troubled takes on a new scapegoat? Or do you believe Premium VOD will eventually become mainstream? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
7 Comments on Theaters threaten to kill trailers for movies going to Premium VOD
- Posts: 724
- Posted on: 12 Apr 11 17:35
- Posts: 286
- Posted on: 12 Apr 11 20:17
Imagine not having to sit through 30-45 minutes of garbage before
watching the main 2 hours of garbage.
(tis ALL that Hollywierd is producing these days)
Now if the Studios could only figure out that by removing the 45 minutes
of Trailers on every BluRay they could actually increase sales.
- Posts: 1134
- Posted on: 13 Apr 11 01:32
Cost of admission
Cost of snacks and drinks
Amount of crap I must sit through before the main attraction.
I can't imagine how much worse things are now.
Another turn off for me is how damn loud they keep the volume and I have moderate hearing loss.
I would rather wait for the movie to appear on regular television even though it is then full of advertising. At least the ads allow me to use the restroom, have a smoke and grab another beer. Actually, with the amount of ads I could easily be drunk before the movie is half way finished.
- Posts: 147
- Posted on: 15 Apr 11 01:00
- Mary Cahill
- Posts: 49
- Posted on: 15 Apr 11 16:56
Often, films are made with the music too loud and the dialogue too muted. DVDs have closed captioning. Need I say more about that..........?
Control of the film - with a DVD I decide when I watch it, and when I pause it. I go back to check on an earlier scene, or fast-forward through nonsense should I prefer.
Atmosphere - at home, whether settled in alone or entertaining friends, few theaters, with phones ringing, people talking, babies crying, teenagers acting out, long lines, etc., can compete with the harmony of a home.
Add in high ticket and refreshment prices, and you have to wonder how theaters stay in business at all?
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- Posted on: 17 Apr 11 16:15
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