Filmmakers support theatres in VOD standoff


James Cameron has become the latest prominent filmmaker to side with movie theatre owners in a standoff with Hollywood studios planning a new premium Video On Demand (VOD) service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new VOD service will allow consumers to see a film 60 days after its theatrical release for $29.99, a move that theatre owners say “threatens the theatrical window and sends the message that watching a movie at home is as good as seeing it in a theatre’.

Cameron has said that the theatrical experience can’t be repeated in the home, particularly when it comes to digital 3D and new technologies. He joins Hangover director Todd Phillips who earlier told theatre owners that he makes his films for the big screen, not for the small screen, otherwise he would be have been a television director.


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