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Topic 49 of 69: Future of Movies

Fri, Aug 17, 2001 (09:26) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
What is the future of movies with new digital projects and movies on demand via the Internet?
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 Topic 49 of 69 [movies]: Future of Movies
 Response 1 of 3: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Aug 17, 2001 (09:27) * 44 lines 
New York Times story picked up by the SFChron this morning, pg. 2:

"Hollywood reveals plan for Internet movie service: Backing by major
studios -- but not Disney, Fox" by Rick Lyman, NYT

"Los Angeles -- Five major movie studios, including some of
Hollywood's top players, unveiled plans yesterday for a joint venture
that will allow computer users to download rental copies of feature
films over the Internet... The new venture is also seen by many studio
executives as a first step toward the coming world of true video - on -
demand, when consumers will be able to watch any moview they want,
whenever they want.

"Initially, the films will be available for download only onto
personal computers -- or television monitors linked to an Internet

"The studios that will be partners in the new service are MGM,
Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers and Universal
Pictures... Officials at Sony's Moviefly, an Internet movies - on -
demand effort that will provide the technical backbone...

"This new venture will be neither the first video - on - demand
service (cable operators in a few markets have offered such a service
to some of their customers though the movie selection has been limited)
nor the first time that feature films have been available for download
on the Internet (Web - based companies like CinemaNow and SightSound
Technologies have offered a limited roster of films for download). But
it does mark the first effort involving the Hollywood studios and
offers the promise of thousands of potential titles.

"The service... will be available only to those with high - speed
Internet connections... The average feature film will take 20 to 40
minutes to download... Studio officials estimate there are 10 million
households with broadband connections. The films will remain on a
computer's hard drive for 30 days, but will erase themselves 24 hours
after they are first run. During that 24 - hour window, consumers will
be able to watch the film as many times as they wish... films would be
released only after becoming available on pay - per - view, with
similar rates."

AP article on the same online at,

 Topic 49 of 69 [movies]: Future of Movies
 Response 2 of 3: nick a'hannay  (pmnh) * Wed, Oct 31, 2001 (11:33) * 3 lines 
has anyone seen linklater's 'waking life'?
i saw it in seattle- is it a big event in austin? what theaters are showing it?
(it was terrific, by the way)...

 Topic 49 of 69 [movies]: Future of Movies
 Response 3 of 3: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Oct 31, 2001 (12:07) * 1 lines 
It's big here, I haven't seen it yet. I've heard from folks who have and they were very impressed.

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