Watch movies at home on the day of their cinema release!
Master directors like Steven Spielberg, J J Abrams and Peter Jackson want to be a part of this revolution. Their aim is to screen movies right at your living room, and they aren’t talking about old movies. They are talking about a live screening of movies as soon as its released. How crazy is that?
And who will be the brain behind creating this dope software? None other than Napster’s creator Sean Parker! The one called the King of Piracy with his creation of Napster.
Now you must be thinking if he will be using the same model for a live screening of each movie’s latest release. That would be mad right? Why would big shot directors agree to that? Thus, they have come up with a device named Screening Room. You can watch the latest movie in the confines of your home, with your own home-made popcorn and unlimited food.
Jackson, the director of Lord of The Rings feels that the new technology would ‘expand’ the audience for films rather than killing off cinemas. He says Screening Room is very carefully designed to capture an audience that does not currently go to the cinema.
“Screening Room’s robust anti-piracy strategy is exactly why Screening Room has my support. Screening Room will expand the audience for a movie – not shift it from cinema to living room. It does not play off studio against theatre owner. Instead it respects both and is structured to support the long-term health of both exhibitors and distributors – resulting in greater sustainability for the wider film industry itself.”
Spielberg and Abrams are also shareholders in Screening Room, along with fellow luminaries Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and Frank Marshall.
Benefits: Parker’s venture would offer movies for $50 (£35) in the US, with as much as $20 going to compensate theatrical distributors for their potential losses. Subscribers would also be offered two free tickets to see their purchased movie a second time on the big screen, with the aim of boosting cinemas’ concessions trade. (Ain’t that awesome?!)
The service will be available on a $150 set-top box fitted with anti-piracy technology, but Parker has yet to explain how this will work.