If you have not heard, youtube and a bunch of other websites will be streaming the Interview for a modest fee ($5.99). As I have noted before, I am going to give it a watch, and will probably do so tonight.
What really thrills me about this is how it might set the groundwork for this happening for a number of movies. As a misanthropic shutin, I would love it if I could watch new releases in this manner. Hell, I’d pay 20 bucks to watch a new release in the comfort of my own home. Cats and dogs on my lap, my own snacks, the ability to pause and restart and rewind scenes, no people coughing or talking on cell phones, etc. I know there are purists who think some movies need the big screen experience, but I am not one of them.
And honestly, that saves me money. By the time you factor in the time to drive to and back from the theatre, the 7-8 bucks in gas, the 10 dollar or more ticket if not a matinee, the wear on the car, snacks, I’d be well over 30 bucks to watch a movie in the theater, and wouldn’t enjoy it as much.
I really hope this becomes a thing. Hell, if Hollywood was smart, they would use the demographic data everyone has from internet usage and allow people to rate the movies as they watch them, and use that to better understand target and niche markets for future projects. The reason I always buy video games and music and what not rather than pirating isn’t that I am some super ethical human being, but because actors and artists work hard, and the only way they know their work is being appreciated is when they get paid for it. I buy video games I like so they know to and can make more of them.
Besides, everyone knows movies are better when you are wearing a bathrobe, and they just won’t let you do that in public. Yet.