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What Would The Netflix Movie Theaters Be Like?

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It’s 2018, yet the film industry still thinks that movies we see on our couch in our underwear aren’t really worthy of respect. Despite producing critically acclaimed films like The Meyerowitz Stories and Mudbound, Netflix is struggling to grab the attention of the film award circuit, mostly because they can’t generate the necessary “theatrical buzz” by releasing their movies online simultaneously with whatever limited release they put into the meatworld. This approach even got them kicked out of Cannes this year, which banned their movies because they didn’t “play in competition” in France and haughty French cinephiles get a rash when they watch a film on anything else than an old smoke-stained projection screen.

Yet despite putting on a brave face and stating they didn’t even want to hang out in the French Riviera with Sofia Coppola, it was revealed that Netflix has been considering expanding into the movie theater biz. Sources claim the company was recently set on acquiring theaters in both L.A. and New York, but backed off because the price was a few seasons of Friends too costly. Clearly, not being allowed to sit at the Hollywood grown-ups table is getting to Netflix, and with that announcement that it’ll be releasing 80 films just this year alone, it seems logical to start stacking bricks in order to start stacking golden statues.

wellesenterprises/iStock“We’ll start our own movie theater! With Orange Is The New Black! And hookers!”

  • Offering 24-hour passes for people who know they were kidding themselves about getting anything else done today (includes wake-up service after every third movie).
  • Escorting out anyone who isn’t on their phone.
  • Dedicating screens exclusively to obscure Netflix genres, like “Scandinavian women solving rural murders” or “Movies about teenagers contemplating death while on hot balloon rides”
  • Separating the seating areas into a “Netflix” section and a “Chill” section where the armrests have been taken off for maximum ergonomical canoodling.

You’re welcome, Netflix!

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s streaming service Quibi books $100M in ad sales ahead of launch

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“Quibi, the short-form video platform founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, hasn’t even launched, but has already booked $100 million in advertising sales, according to a report from The WSJ this morning. The company, which aims to cater to younger viewers with premium content chopped up into “quick bites,” says it has already booked advertisers, including Protector & Gamble, Pepsi Co., Anheuser-Busch InBev, Walmart, Progressive and Google.

It still has around $50 million in unsold ad inventory ahead of launch.

It’s hard to imagine how a service like Quibi will compete in a market dominated by paid streamers like Netflix and free services like YouTube — both preferred by a younger demographic. But Quibi has been raising massive amounts of money to take them on. In May, it was reported that Quibi was going after another billion in funding, on top of the billion it had already raised………….”

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Tyler Perry & BET Partner Up For Streaming Service Offer

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“There are reportedly over 200 streaming services in the United States alone, and now Tyler Perry and BET want a piece of the pie. The media mogul and the popular urban network are planning to launch a new subscription-based streaming service called BET+. According to Deadline, they will offer TV shows and films from fellow Viacom flagships MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. It’s believed that Perry will begin plugging the service and the forthcoming BET Awards.”

 

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ hits Disney+ in December

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That subscription just got so much more tempting.

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“Disney’s first major move in the streaming wars comes with a super-sized punch.

Announced Wednesday, Avengers: Endgame will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+ starting December 11 — a little less than a month after the new streaming platform debuts on November 12.

For dedicated Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu subscribers with a love of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that may mean adding another service to their monthly entertainment bill this winter.

At the time of launch, Disney+ will carry an initial subscription price of $6.99 per month — as well as be available at a discounted offering of $69.99 per year.

While it was anticipated that Disney would corner the market on streaming Marvel films, the exclusive streaming of Avengers: Endgame will likely prove a massive draw for customers.

At present, Endgame has made $2.27 billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing film of all-time, after Avatar — and continues to climb towards that #1 spot. Disney+ is primed to make the most of their winning film, lining up a number of Marvel spin-off series for streaming exclusivity as well.

Viewers looking to own Endgame (and possibly see it sooner) can turn to Amazon, where it is already available for pre-order. While no official digital release date for Endgame has been announced, it is anticipated to arrive sometime this summer as its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, shared a similar release date and hit the digital shelf on July 31, 2018. ”

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