Every technological change in film distribution calls for an evolutionary step in how we get films to audiences. Broadcast television, VCR, Cable, DVD, VoD, DVR, and now internet streaming: what do these changes point to in relationship to our audience? Simple: audiences want the power to choose how, when, and where they engage content.
From The Buffalo News:
Home movie future fuzzy
By Stephen T. Watson
Updated: October 28, 2009
On a recent episode of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the host offered a “New Rule” for home entertainment.
“Blockbuster cannot announce it’s closing 960 stores. Where will I go to rent a movie in 1988? And how do they still have 960 stores?” Maher quipped, to laughter from the audience.
It’s been a hard fall for Blockbuster — from world-beater to butt of late-night jokes — but this is a sign of the state of flux that the home-entertainment industry finds itself in today.
Competition from Netflix, the online rental powerhouse, and Redbox DVD-rental kiosks — not to mention the channels available on digital cable — has walloped Blockbuster.
“Blockbuster is like the Spanish Armada. It’s out there, and the wind isn’t blowing, and everybody is taking shots at them,” Continue reading →