Netflix teases original movies, would debut on service, in theaters, same day. Swoon.

Netflix teases original movies, would debut on service, in theaters, same day. Swoon.

Netflix, which has found enormous success - and viewer affection - with original series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, is reportedly now considering some original movies as well. And yes, they'd debut on Netflix's service - including iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV - day and date with theatrical release. Netflix's Ted Sarandos, as quote by Peter Kafka on AllThingsD:

“What we’re trying to do for TV, the model should extend pretty nicely to movies. Meaning, why not premiere movies on Netflix, the same day they’re opening in theaters? And not little movies — there’s a lot of ways, and lot of people to do that [already]. Why not big movies? Why not follow the consumers’ desire to watch things when they want?”

I've often wondered if anything short of an extinction level event would be enough to change Hollywood's seeming unwillingness to embrace the future. Seems like maybe Netflix could be just that meteorite hurtling towards them. Even if it misses, even if it just buzzes or bounces off their upper atmosphere, fear can be a wonderful motivator for change.

Let's hope Hollywood is, at the very least, smart enough to be afraid.

Source: AllThingsD

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Netflix teases original movies, would debut on service, in theaters, same day. Swoon.


Just one question for Netflix, where's my Game of Thrones? I refuse to pay for HBO that I'll never get a chance to watch for a singular show.

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I doubt you are going to see Game of Thrones show up on Netflix any time soon. The Sopranos has been over for several years now, and last time I checked is still not available via streaming. If you really want to watch that show, you may need to start looking at alternatives.

Luckily, HBO has been talking about expanding HBO Go's presence to ISP subscriptions instead of just cable subscriptions. I, personally, don't buy cable because I truly believe it's not worth the money, so having HBO Go available with my ISP for an additional $10 a month would be perfect.

Premier day streaming - I never see that happening, but,say a week later... My initial thoughts focus on what is the additional cost to the consumer? Would I have to upgrade my account to a "premium" tier? Would the features be available via a PPV model?

I could see where initial movie earnings could possibly be quite higher with such an option.

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