[QUOTE=Wombler;2575527]I’m at the stage now where the equipment I have at home produces a better experience for me than the cinema so I nearly always either watch movies via VOD in HD, which is pretty much equivalent to Blu-ray, or wait for the Blu-ray to come out.
Basically I’d rather sit down in the comfort of my own home with a glass of wine and a few snacks (that I haven’t been coerced into spending a fortune on) in the company of friends or family.
There will always be viewers though that have to see the movie on or soon after the day of release and then possibly buy the movie later when it comes out in other formats.
These people effectively give the movie companies multiple bites at the cherry and I can’t see them giving up this staged release system unless they feel they’re compelled to.
Woot! 50Mb/s internet connection!
On the rare occasions that my missus drags me to splurge a small fortune on seeing a movie at the cinema … I smuggle my own snacks & drinks into the cinema.
At prices double the drink machines outside in the malls, and almost 3 times the local supermarkets for the same products, and then $8 for some popcorn, which is usually stale and inedible anyway … I can’t see why they even bother with the snack bar.
And the cinema complex itself … it’s despicably sad that a “cheap as chips” home theatre in a box provides better sound quality than the muffled, ear-splitting noise that comes through what these cinemas call a sound system.
The seats are commonly gooey, wet, covered in greasy popcorn, broken, too cramped, too high, too low,
Cinemas here have started with assigned seats … and charging for online booking, where you can choose your seat, but when booking at the ticket booth, they just assign you a random seat beyond the black stump! And assuming you’ve paid the premium to choose your seat, you regularly have the uncomfortable confrontation with the black stumpers sitting in your seats … and then find that the seats are wet, covered in sticky stuff, popcorn, chewing gum …
FFS … I’m totally over cinemas …
Of course, with digital delivery, I’d expect that because it’s significantly cheaper, the price would be significantly lower, since they’ve obviously factored in the fact that now the consumer has the burden of the:
- Internet costs, quota’s & whatnot.
- Electricity costs - At upto 1500W, surround speakers systems aren’t cheap to run …
- Equipment costs - TV, 3D Glasses, Surround Systems, VOD Players, networking equipment …