Hollywood Got The FCC To Break Your TV Because It Thought You'd Pay $30 For A PPV Movie?
from the say-what-now? dept
You may remember that earlier this year the FCC gave Hollywood the right to break your TV, by enabling “selectable output control” on your television, to keep you from actually recording certain movies or shows (um, unless, of course HDCP DRM is broken… oops). Months later, people realized that despite these urgent pleas from Hollywood, no studios had actually moved forward to offer such films in this “new window” closer to the theatrical release, but before the DVD was released.
Reader cc points out that some studios are finally interested in moving forward with such offerings, but they somehow think that people will pay $20 to $30 to view such movies. Yes, you read that right. I’m half wondering if this is really Hollywood’s way of introducing this concept while trying not to piss off the theaters. They can basically say “hey, look, the only people willing to do this wouldn’t pay cheaper prices to go to the flick in the theater, so they’re not cannibalizing theater sales.” Of course, you have to wonder if they’re cannibalizing anything at such ridiculous prices.