Posted by: ckckred | October 5, 2014

What Do You Think of Netflix’s Original Movie Deal?

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Recently, Netflix announced that that they would be able to stream the upcoming Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel while the film was playing theaters as well as Adam Sandler’s next four paid vacations movies.  It’s a move that matches the media distribution giant’s decision to create their own TV series, a game changer in the industry.  While plenty of movies receive VOD releases mainly consisting of indie pictures, major productions have been averse to online streaming.  So for this week’s question, I’m asking if this is a good decision on Netflix’s behalf?

In my opinion, no.  Perhaps I’m being unwilling to embrace change, but theaters are and always will be essential to the cinema experience and Netflix’s move would be an incentive to start shipping movies directly online.  VOD hasn’t poised a great threat to any theater chains (and as monumental decision as online TV series are, I don’t think it will be the nail to the coffin of network and cable channels, at least at the time being), but doing this is going to encourage even more audiences that a computer screen is the best way to watch a movie.  Still, studios need to catch up to the Internet age (and seeing how slowly the music industry took to get adjusted to the digital era, this is going to be in debate for years) and this could encourage viewers to see more current film.  But as of right now, I don’t think it’s the best or most stable way to transition into the 21st century.

But what do you think?

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Responses

  1. I think it’s a bad deal mainly because it consists mostly of Adam Sandler pictures! 😉

    To be serious I am mixed on it. Personally I think movies are best on the big screen and that cinematic experience is one of my favorite things about them. On the flipside, as someone who doesn’t live close to a good quality theater, there are benefits to this for me. I just don’t know if I want to fully embrace the digital era of new releases yet.

    • I agree. The concept is good for the general public and does encourage people to watch more movies, but it’s an incentive to avoid theaters. Sadly, this transition is inevitable for the film industry and if it doesn’t happen now, it would just occur down the road a few years later.

  2. It was a matter of time wasn’t it? Although their choice to go with Sandler is worrying…

    • I heard Netflix got Sandler to do it since his brand is popular on the site… it’s pretty concerning. Hopefully Netflix won’t try to stick it down our throats.

  3. I don’t think it means a great deal. Pretty much the same as straight to dvd.

    • I haven’t actually thought about it that way, but it is like direct-to-DVD. That doesn’t say a lot about the end product.

      • Well there are plenty of great direct to DVD films. It’s just that most cinemas were either uninterested or didn’t believe they’d make money.

  4. Sandler must make a boatload of money on this, let’s hope the movies are decent unlike the crappola he’s been making. I don’t have a strong feeling either way, if it appears on Netflix streaming and it sounds good I’ll watch it, otherwise I’ll probably never see it.

  5. I think that more choice to the consumer is always good. Won’t be watching the Sandler movies though and wondering whether the Crouching Tiger movie will be any good…


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