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 […]

The Race Is On

The Sundance Channel has joined the rush to distribute online, partnering with Google Video, not iTunes. “The deal allows consumers to download their choice of 18 of the network’s movie titles at $3.99 for a 24-hour rental or $9.99 to own. Three of the Sundance Channel’s original series are available only for purchase starting at […]