Actually this sounds like you're doing exactly what Mike said people had trouble with. Access and content are separate.
There is almost an infinite amount of content and very limited access. The mistake would be to think that content is only professional movies or news. But the quality and level of all media that can be served through an internet connection is infinite. There is no way that you can possibly consume all the content that exists.
The access is what you pay for because there is scarcity. Content isn't really what you pay for because it's abundant. After all, access to nothing is still access, content without access doesn't exist.
In general, I would say Wired's writing sucks on things outside of new gadgets or memes. If you've read anything from them about copyright, newspapers, etc. you would know what I mean. After reading http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/a-legit-pirate-bay/, I'm considering removing Wired from my RSS. There just isn't enough value anymore.
I think a great deal of this presupposes the quality of the movie. If the movie sucks, it will never do well...unless it's a whole new level of suck that happens to be cool. If it really is a good movie then the buzz should be quite good and sales of dvds and box office should support each other.
As Mike has suggested, if a movie is really good, being able to buy the dvd on the way out would be like an impulse buy.
One of my favorite movies is Wedding Crashers. I saw it three times in the theater and I couldn't wait for it to be released. I got curious looked around and found a crappy version online to tide me over until it was released on dvd. Then bought the dvd and watched it several more times. And, watch it whenever it's on tv.
I think, box office sales of dvds would be great...if the movie is good too.
I think this is a really good point. How many times have you seen a preview for a movie and totally forgot about it by the time it really comes out.
As for never releasing movies, that sounds like a great idea. Warner Bros. through infinite scarcity could whip up a frenzy of consumer anticipation by never releasing movies. Now that would be a captive audience...for someone else to sell their product.
What about those poor successful actors of the late 1800s. Along come this device that can record their acting once and suddenly there's no demand for them to ever act that movie again. Surely that destroyed acting as a career. Those poor misguided fools. If only they had lobbied their governments to make the movie camera illegal for ruining their business model.
Since 2003, annual UK broadband revenues have increased from £0.6 billion to £2.7 billion (2008). Recorded music revenues have fallen every year in the same period, principally due to illegal filesharing. It is therefore not difficult to see that the growth of BT's consumer broadband business has been assisted by the increase in illegal filesharing.
Babies Kill People! As the birth rate increases so does the death toll. Therefore, babies kill people.
We should act now and completely stop all procreation. Then we would never die.
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