Netflix to premiere "big" original movies the same day they’re in theaters

By Justin Kahn
Oct 29, 2013
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  1. It appears as though Netflix is looking to widen its scope of original content beyond TV. Reports suggest the company is looking to create big budget films now as well.

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 946   +94

    If all the latest movies would be available on day one or within first week or two of release on Netlifx it would actually make me want to get Netflix. Not only that, I am sure it would contribute to reducing actual piracy as well. Hopefully they can get the big blockbuster movies on Netflix for the same day releases and not just shoddy, small time movies.

    Fingers Crossed
  3. I heard hbo is planning to do that, plus they will give you a big tv and pay your house rent.
  4. ^ I heard hbo is planning to do that, plus they will give you a big tv and pay your house rent.
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,164   +431

    This very unlikely to happen in the near future. Too much revenue flows through traditional venues and the studios make too much money there to cut Netflix in. Day-one or first-week blockbuster releases are lose / lose for all business entities involved, as great as the prospect may be for consumers.
  6. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes Newcomer, in training Posts: 53   +13

    Really? Does it really need to explained to some people here? If Netflix was to actually stream blockuster movies the same day they hit the theaters its not gonna be for the $7.99 subscription most people have right now. I have to assume you people are not dumb enough to think that.

    There have already been talk before bout the idea of streaming blockbuster movies on day one but it would cost about $30 more or less plus also have restrictions of how many people can watch it at the same time, not that they could actually enforce such restriction except maybe if the person is streaming it to a projector in their yard for lots of people to see.

    Netflix would have to do something similar; charge a fee per movie or a larger monthly fee in order for these Hollywood studios to even take them serious. To be honest, with a fast enough Internet (Google Fiber maybe?), a big enough screen with a nice surround sound (I have a 70" right now) and a good enough device to stream it (maybe Chromecast 2 in case the current version is not good enough?) then I would be willing to pay say $50 or $60 a month to watch blockbuster movies at home.
  7. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 368   +68

    It would not take much for some on to record a new release film and upload it to a bittorrent site.
  8. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 946   +94

    Well of course. I wouldn't even mind paying per blockbuster ($10-$15) to watch it online.
  9. Did yall not read the post. it is not talking about releasing blockbuster Hollywood movies, it is talking about releasing it's own big movies streaming and in the theaters the same day. There is a big difference. Netflix makes alot of money doing the streaming, but the can make more money taking movies to the theaters too ( and releasing blueray and dvd's also). I say it is a good plan for them. They would not have to raise there monthly fee, but there is nothig to say they wont.
  10. Renrew

    Renrew TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 235   +16

    Reading comprehension Fail LOL
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,010   +683

    Wow is this a mixed up bunch of comments....

    Renrew - Where does it say that Netflix is going to create their own movies and compete with Hollywood? The linked Gizmodo story is called "Netflix is thinking of making original movies now too" but that is quite a stretch based on the quote from Ted that says
    that sounds a lot more to me like they want to stream big movies created by other studios, not produce their own. Netflix doesn't have the budget for anything besides comedies and dramas anyway, so the line about 'Big movies' doesn't sound like a Netflix original to me.

    Chuck Cortes - I really doubt anyone thinks it'll be included in $7.99 price. Netflix will have to buy these movies, and the studios will probably want a cut per view. There's no way Netflix will be able to sign up more people new than will actually watch the movie, and do that for each new movie they stream. It'll almost definitely be a pay-per-view for subscribers only thing. Or maybe a 'premium membership' that costs $30/month or more. The only thing I can say for certainty is that movie studios will NOT be taking a loss by doing business with Netflix, and that means we'll have to pick up some of that cost.
     
  12. mctommy

    mctommy Newcomer, in training Posts: 92   +10

    I really don't see the movie studios going for this. They are micro-managers and will very unlikely allow such avenue via Netflix because there are way too many things out of their control. Movie theaters and distributors won't be happy either (though not sure if they have any leverage against this model).
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,411   +281

    Netflix makes original content now guys! I think several of you either didn't know that or forgot. They are talking about making their own movie and releasing it online and in theaters at the same time.

    Now maybe an argument could be made that big movie theaters are so in bed with big movie producers that they could be pressured into not showing a Netflix made movie.. I don't know if that is true, but I could see it happening.


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