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DIRECTV to launch premium PPV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RAD, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    I was kinda surprised I couldn't find one... lol... my bad.
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    It's not just DirecTV...Comcast & Vudu are doing it, too.
  3. pappy97

    pappy97 Icon

    Nov 14, 2009
    Let them revolt!! Forget summer movies, look at movies that come out Feb/March, for example. Many weekends in those months the "#1 movie in America" grosses $20M in US Domestic Box Office. The thing is, the studios make so much from other revenue streams (blu ray, dvd, streaming, licensing to premium channels, then later to cable channels, then much later to network channels), that for movies outside of blockbuster season, they don't need the tiny Feb/March type US box office numbers. For those movies, the studios would do better if they could get revenue during the first run period from both theaters and streaming.

    And what are theater chains going to do in that circumstance? Not show those Feb/March movies? Okay, no sweat off studios back (See above). What else, not show blockbusters in the summer? The studios should call their bluff on that, I don't see AMC refusing to screen the new Thor or Green Lantern or Pirates 4 movies no matter what. Any kind of theater chain boycott (even en masse) will simply drive the studios harder to alternate distribution (streaming, discs, etc) rather than get studios to cave in. THUS the movie theater giants have no leverage here, so it doesn't matter what they think. People will find a way to see Pirates 4 or the last Harry Potter movie, even if AMC and Cinemark and Regal aren't showing it. And if the studios give them an option that simply works, they'll be all over it.

    There's nothing to stop a studio from releasing a movie on one weekend, and the same movie hits premium PPV the next weekend. One day, it may come, and if it comes with high bitrate 1080p and streamed lossless sound, I'll consider shelling out $30 for it.
  4. schlar01

    schlar01 Godfather

    Jul 16, 2007
    60 days...........yeah, half the movies that come out already have a DVD release date at that point.

    Big waste of money.

    Try 14 days.
  5. KoRn

    KoRn Legend

    Oct 21, 2008
    $20 dollars and a same day movie theater release. I would be sold. That is a bit less of the price for 4 people going to a early showing.
  6. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    This is going to be really bad for piracy, no? Not for pirates, for the studios. Now pirates will have easy access to a 1080p perfect digital copy.
  7. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Here in L.A.....you can't come close to $6 per ticket for a movie. $11.50 PER ticket per adult. Children are $8.50 per ticket
  8. scsa1000

    scsa1000 AllStar

    Feb 11, 2011
    Scream 4 for me last week was 9.50 so 6 is crap and know it there is no way you spent 6 now at all. Oh this was at 11:30 am too.
  9. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Interesting article from a generation whose idea of creativity is massive use of CGI and DTS. A generation ago they would have posted anti television letters. A good story is no less entertaining in paperback then it is in hardcover. The truly "creative" directors (Hitchcock, Curtiz, Ford, ect.) knew this and were able to make great movies with or without locations and special effects. Nor did they rely on cloning and franchising which is the current Hollywood trend.
  10. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    what do 3D movies cost $15? $16? $20?
  11. donley

    donley Mentor

    Apr 10, 2008
    Lots of things are possible. I went to a theater less than 8 months old and saw a new release during the day for 5 bucks a person. What is more relevant I guess is what the average is.

    Since everyone is so skeptical this is even possible here is the link on movietickets.com

  12. xzi

    xzi Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    $6 a ticket? REALLY? Where....
  13. xzi

    xzi Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    You don't even have to be in LA to pay those prices. Albany, NY - Colonie Stadium 13:

    Water For Elephants - DLP: $10.75
    Rio Real3D: $14.75

    All of a sudden you only need 2 friends and the desire to not want to leave the house :)
  14. Crow159

    Crow159 Member

    May 23, 2007
    If I could stay home and order one of these movies the same day as the theater, I would do it in a heartbeat. If I could do it a week or two after the theater release I would still do it.

    The wait of two months and spend $30 when I can just wait another month and buy the Bluray for cheaper is what my argument is.

    If the price were lower, say $10 to $15 for a nights rental, or the date released much closer to the theater release date, would make this service very reasonable. However, if I can wait 2 months to see a movie, I can wait one more month to own the Bluray for better quality and cheaper, or I can wait another month for Netflix.
  15. SledgeHammer

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    Dec 28, 2007
    Pretty much anywhere non-boonie'ish hasn't been $6/ticket for many, many, many *years*. Maybe 2nd run matinees, but 1st run, evening? The last time a ticket was $6 for first run / evening was probably like 10 - 20 YEARS ago.

    And yeah, 3D tickets are like $15 to $20. I think my parents paid $17 to see Avatar in 3D.

    Actually, I can't even remember the last time a matinee ticket was $6 either. LOL. Probably a good 10 - 20 years ago too.
  16. donley

    donley Mentor

    Apr 10, 2008

    The theater I showed a movieticket link to a few posts up is in no way in the boonies. I will admit it is an unusual exception but as with most broad stroke statements there are almost always exceptions.
  17. pappy97

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    Nov 14, 2009
    You think that's cheap, I pay $3.50 for matinee ($3.25 matinee children) first run and $5.50 regular price ($5.25 for kids) (and matinee is EVERY DAY shows that start before 6pm). I posted the link before in this thread, it's the Cinemark Movies 14 in McKinney, TX (north of Dallas but NOT in the middle of nowhere, a popular North of Dallas suburb people are moving to these days). They even have digital projection. It's an older theater, but renovated on the inside. I think donley probably mentioned the Cinemark Six Flags Arlington, which is definitely not in the boonies and has the same pricing [edit: Apparently it's a different theater that costs more, nice to see DFW area has many of these low price first run theaters]
  18. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Right above your post ;).
  19. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Good for you, but it's a long trip from LA to Grant's Pass to take advantage of the early showing price you get.

    Cheapest theater in our area charges $6 senior price on Wednesday afternoon -- that's the day the Farmer's Market partially obstructs the street the theater is on. We say "The King's Speech" there in January.
  20. housemr

    housemr Legend

    Jun 3, 2009
    can someone tell me are directv ppv movies in 5.1 surround sound? the on demands like hbo and showtime are but i know wwe ppvs are not even though they are 5.1 for raw on usa.

    5.1 would be the minimum requirement to start with or you then may as well go to the dollar savers cinemas.

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