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by Mike Masnick




Teenagers Lose Interest In Going To The Movies

from the why-bother? dept

While the movie industry is likely to blame the drop in theater revenue this summer on things like file sharing, it appears that most teens aren't going to see movies because the movies aren't very good - and they have other options for their time. Many kids find videogames to be a lot more compelling, and would rather spend their time playing them, than spending $10 on a movie. Which, of course, brings up the issue of price: the price of a movie keeps going up, and they're adding more and more commercials (often telling people who have already paid that they shouldn't pirate movies). Meanwhile, the price of DVDs keeps dropping, and the additional features make it worthwhile for many to just wait until the DVD comes out. That doesn't mean they won't go to the movies at all. After all, it is still a social experience. But, if they're going to spend so much money, they want to make sure the movie is good. And, thanks to the internet if a movie is bad, word spread quickly. Once again, it comes down to an issue of the industry not having much respect for its customers, and its customers are finally voting with their dollars to go elsewhere if the product has no quality.

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    Chris, 30 Jul 2003 @ 12:57pm

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    As long as they keep the theaters dark teenagers will attend movies.

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    KevinK, 30 Jul 2003 @ 2:50pm

    "lack of consistent quality this summer"

    This is pretty basic, the movies offered this summer were shameful. I usually get to see most of my movies for free and all I want is the 2 1/2 hours of my life back that I wasted on Bad Boys 2...

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jul 2003 @ 3:08pm

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    I agree completely.

    I used to go to the movies A LOT - up to about a year ago I was going at least once a week, often to 2 films at a time.... Then the prices went up to $10 a film.

    Excuse me, but you can *buy* a DVD for $7-20 and loan it to all your friends, or rent 30-odd a month from Netflix for $20 and watch it with a houseful of people!

    I went to see T3 at the weekend (matinee so I paid $7) and it was pretty bad, the first trip to the cinema for me since Harry Potter 1 I think, probably the last as well, until Star Wars 3.

    Of course the MPAA will be blaming fileshares and DVD copiers, but we really know the truth - the movies just aren't worth $10 (plus popcorn/soda) per person to see!

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    Beck, 30 Jul 2003 @ 10:24pm

    Pirated Movies?

    I don't get this pirated movie stuff. Why would I want to watch a movie on my computer? Or do they burn them to DVD? If so, I don't think you can fit a whole movie on one consumer-writable DVD, so you need several.

    In the time it takes to download a movie I can drive up to Blockbuster, rent a movie, drive home, and watch it. And I think the rental probably costs less than the blank DVDs I would need to burn it.

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      Jack Ass, 31 Jul 2003 @ 7:16am

      Re: Pirated Movies?

      Actually you can.

      I've gotten them to fit on a regular old CD. The quality is terrible, and the downloads take upwards of 12 hours, but if you're extremely dedicated, or bored, it's very possible to do it.

      Is it worth while?
      Honestly, I would rather wait until block buster or in demand cable has it.

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      Freak, 6 Aug 2003 @ 8:34am

      Re: Pirated Movies?

      It's not too expensive to make your computer 'movie watching caliber', on top of that it's easy to tie in a video output to your TV. So you don't need to burn the movies to disc.

      Furthermore, although the file types associated with pirated movies can be read by most DVD players you don't need to burn them to a burnable DVD, you can just burn them to ordinary CDRs (usually about 2 or 3).

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        Freak, 6 Aug 2003 @ 8:48am

        Re: Pirated Movies?

        Just wanted to add a couple things.

        The tech level I'm talking about isn't too high end. I'm assuming the level to be about equal to your average teenager's cobbled together Quake-station with a decent video card and dsl.

        If you know where to look (not just shooting blindly on KaZaa) you can download a pirated movie usually the day it is released, sometimes up to a week before and it'll take you about a half hour. Again, the quality of the pirated film depends on knowing where to look. Lots of people try to pirate movies, but only a small chunk do a quality job of it, usually by doing a direct video transfer of the film itself.

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