- MemberFanFebruary 11, 2021 at 9:18 am
Many of you are aware that WB and HBO Max struck a deal to air their 2021 new releases on that platform in addition to theatrical releases. This is why Wonder Woman 84 was seen there at Christmas. I just wondered what everybody thought about this arrangement. I personally love it and think it reflects the consumers of this era. Not just COVID, but the streaming-minded average consumer. Also, for a family of 4-5 it is a much more affordable option compared to buying 4-5 tickets to a show (plus food and drinks). I tend to hope it is a permanent type of deal.
On the other hand, I do know a lot of people crave that movie theater experience and that’s a key part for them. Many in the theater industries would lose their jobs. And lots of artists hate it. Christopher Nolan walked away from WB because of it.
I was just curious what everybody thought about it.
- MemberLevel 1February 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm
I am really mixed on this – and excellent pick by the way – topic as I just don’t think that films should be seen anyway other than on the big screen. However, with that being said and we are in this very trying period of time, I do love the fact that I can see some major film releases at home. I think HBO Max has made a smart move and think other studios will follow before too long. But I just wonder how the big production companies are going to be able to make money compared to what they used to with movies being shown in theaters?
- MemberFanFebruary 12, 2021 at 9:05 am
I think the studios will have to change their business model with the times. They were already facing a big loss area with bootleg/pirated movies online so this actually might help to stop some of that hemorrhaging even though they won’t make as much at the actual box office. I just wonder how they will determine what is the #1 movie at the box office on any given weekend. Will they just go with physical theater sales only or try to factor in how many people watched on an app?
- MemberModeratorFebruary 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm
Thisis good for most but those that don’t have hbo max are basically left out. Where as when movies were in theaters people had a choice to go or not. I look at it as a way of cornering the market. But that is just my opinion.:)
- MemberFanMay 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm
I guess WB came out and said they are only doing this through 2021 and not next year. Honestly, I am in favor of it. I don’t have HBO Max but I could see paying $12.99 for 1 month to see some movies I wanted to see being cheaper than going to the movies (especially if I had kids or something). I am more in favor of doing this but also releasing in theaters for those that want the “theater experience”
- MemberLevel 1May 13, 2021 at 2:39 pm
I’m enjoying seeing some of the films at home through HBO Max though the minute I feel comfortable back in the theatres, I will go back. Though I will admit some of these films, I’m happy that I didn’t pay extra, and some would have waited to see them on VOD.
- MemberLevel 1May 22, 2021 at 9:10 pm
I am glad with some of the things I have watched on HBO Max but movies are truly made to be seen on the big screen in my opinion! That is not to say I won’t watch some – even after the whole COVID scare is gone – on Max but I will definitely check out most of my films in theaters.
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