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The Death of Movie Going?

The Death of Movie Going?

Technology is becoming more and more advanced in a good and bad way. This time around its movie related, a service called The Screening Room which has already been supported by major Hollywood directors could be making its way into homes very soon. The service is you'll pay $150 for a anti-piracy box with access to movies that's in theaters, the movies will cost $50 and you will have it available to watch for 48 hours, but is it worth it? I don't think so, me personally I like the movie experience, I'm not paying $50 (yet anyways) for a small or blockbuster movie, especially if I don't have a cool sound system to go with it, some will like the idea, some won't so let's break down some pros and cons.
 

PROS: 

  • Access to any movie in theaters in the privacy and comfort of your own home (no strangers talking, teenagers on their damn phones or babies crying etc.)
  • You can make the $50 back, sort of (if it's a big blockbuster for example Captain America: Civil War) you can invite friends over, charge em $7-$10 depends on if you have food/drinks or they bring some, there's your movie party.
  • 48 hours to watch the movie you rent is not bad at all.
  • $150 for the movie box, I was expecting more but that's kind of a deal.


CONS (Or more like questions that need answers):

  • People are also tired of hooking up boxes, is this going to be wireless? Why not make a USB or a streaming app like Netflix?
  • We know these movies SHOULD be in full HD 1080, but what about the IMAX quality? This is why theater experience >>>
  • $50? Maybe cut it down to $25 and you might have a customer, might...
  • I'm sure we can rewind and pause if we missed something in the movie, can we?
  • Movie theaters got the best sound, will this box have Dolby ATMOS enabled?

This is a con for the creator not the consumer, sorry but you're not stopping piracy, your box might say "anti-piracy" but in this new day of age of technology, the movie people will have for 48 hours will be up on streaming sites/apps and will be available for download in 3 hours, that's how the game goes. So overall do I think Screening Room is worth it, not at the moment, I hope it does well in the future and becomes a successful hit but for now I still want to go watch movies AT THE MOVIES, theaters are switching up there style nowadays and starting becoming luxury and surprisingly cheap, ever since theaters start having reclining seats, serving hot food, a bar for alcoholic beverages etc. It's like they already know what's coming and already ahead of the game, it's really going to be different once theaters start showing big sporting events like the NBA Finals soon.

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