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Old 02-22-2018, 04:41 PM
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History is repeating itself, but this time for different reasons.
We have known quite well in recent years that Hollywood would rather we not buy the physical media version of a movie. They would rather us go to other venues, such as streaming or the theater itself. This means lower production costs and complete control of your content either way.
To the consumer this means your content is under complete control of the content provider and the mercy of your internet connection.
The studios themselves do not care what you get for a product in your hands, if anything there are cases of where they try to sabotage it. It is the individual that is in charge of the production that shows pride and they do their best to deliver the best product that they can, even with their hands tied.

So, the best thing we can do as consumers that want a higher quality version of the movie at their fingertips is continue to buy discs. Yeah, that terrible release you can pass on, but raise hell, bombard the studio on Twitter or other venues. Let them know why you are not happy with the releasing a turd.

Have a look at the below article. It has a few good talking points from some people involved with the industry.

https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.ph...&id=1519123680
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:30 PM
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History is repeating itself, but this time for different reasons.
We have known quite well in recent years that Hollywood would rather we not buy the physical media version of a movie. They would rather us go to other venues, such as streaming or the theater itself. This means lower production costs and complete control of your content either way.
To the consumer this means your content is under complete control of the content provider and the mercy of your internet connection.
The studios themselves do not care what you get for a product in your hands, if anything there are cases of where they try to sabotage it. It is the individual that is in charge of the production that shows pride and they do their best to deliver the best product that they can, even with their hands tied.

So, the best thing we can do as consumers that want a higher quality version of the movie at their fingertips is continue to buy discs. Yeah, that terrible release you can pass on, but raise hell, bombard the studio on Twitter or other venues. Let them know why you are not happy with the releasing a turd.

Have a look at the below article. It has a few good talking points from some people involved with the industry.

https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.ph...&id=1519123680
Article is complete bullshit written by a digital fanboy. So many distortions and misleading statements in it. Truth is, the studios just want you to buy SOMETHING, because sell-through generates the greatest profits and it gets people to rebuy movies over and over again, as the new formats improve their quality. To say that the studios don't want you to buy the most expensive option (UHD BD) is ridiculous.

EST has been getting early windows for years, but the article implies that it just started this year. Cherry picking Warner's high catalog prices as representative of the whole is very misleading. Often the UHD version is just as cheaper or even cheaper and it's almost always the better value (since you also get the same digital product plus the BD).

Basically it's part wishful thinking on the writer's part, and part clickbait. What the studios DON'T want is for you to stop buying media and use subscription streaming services instead. But they definitive want you to buy UHD BD...or BD or DVD or EST. Doesn't matter much to them as long as you buy something.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:28 PM
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If you buy the digital version, the production costs themselves are nearly zero.

The digital retailer makes a certain cut but much like eliminating film for the movie theaters, the distribution is nearly instant and without much expense. And best of all, the actual master is already digital so a few clicks of a mouse and you suddenly have a home video version created.

We have seen cases in the past where a studio has a dispute with a content provider and at the click of a button, the content is no longer available until the situation is resolved. Sort of reminds me of the all too frequent blackouts on Dish or DirecTV with channels. A local Sinclair station will demand $5 per subscriber from Dish, and when Dish is forced to black it out, Dish is the bad guy here.
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If you buy the digital version, the production costs themselves are nearly zero.

The digital retailer makes a certain cut but much like eliminating film for the movie theaters, the distribution is nearly instant and without much expense. And best of all, the actual master is already digital so a few clicks of a mouse and you suddenly have a home video version created.

We have seen cases in the past where a studio has a dispute with a content provider and at the click of a button, the content is no longer available until the situation is resolved. Sort of reminds me of the all too frequent blackouts on Dish or DirecTV with channels. A local Sinclair station will demand $5 per subscriber from Dish, and when Dish is forced to black it out, Dish is the bad guy here.
Yes Ideally they prefer consumers to buy digital because the margins are slightly greater and of course the distribution is a major advantage, but the point is that they want you to buy something. The article is misleading because the real fear is that consumers will stop buying media altogether and just use subscription streaming. Studios want to offer as many choices as possible that consumers can choose from, to appeal to the widest demographic possible. UHD BD is just one of those choices. You think Disney would have climbed on board last fall if they didn't want consumers to buy UHD BD? They were probably waiting to see if it would do well and they liked what they saw.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:12 PM
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You think Disney would have climbed on board last fall if they didn't want consumers to buy UHD BD? They were probably waiting to see if it would do well and they liked what they saw.
When VHS came out, Disney was the last hold out. If I recall, the same was true for Laserdisc, Dvd and Bluray. I do know with VHS a deciding factor was that bootleggers were making Thousands, or even Millions of dollars and Disney was getting zero. They have little faith in new formats and ultimately it is a dollar sign that determines their decision. Oh sure, you would not want to invest in a product that nets you nothing, but why is it always Disney that holds out?
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Visit your local Walmart and see what has changed - most stores are laid out the same. The display in the next section over from New Releases, there's a section now of just digital cards. I know you cannot use Walmart strictly as an indicator but whatever they tend to force feed the mass public, it's what eventually takes hold.
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