Putting Dollars In Context: A Hollywood Primer

The lede put my hype detector on vibrate and alarm: The movie industry finished a monster year with the biggest film-going weekend in recent history. I knew without reading another sentence that there would be no inflation-adjusted data or population-adjusted data or much in the way of holiday-weekend acknowledgement. Rather than simply grit my teeth […]

iTunes Sales Timed With DVD Releases

Apple’s iTunes will now be offering new movie releases on the same day as their DVD release. The PR statement notes that “new releases [are] priced at $14.99 and most catalog titles at $9.99.” Participating studios: 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, […]

Apple Wants To Rent Movies

The Financial Times reports that Apple is negotiating with Hollywood to rent movies online; the company current sells movies for purchase and download. This would put Apple in competition (of sorts) with Netflix, which provides instant viewing of movies if you own a PC; Amazon, which also provides instant viewing of movies with its Unbox […]