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    Default End of film: Paramount first studio to stop distributing film prints

    "In a historic step for Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States.
    Paramount recently notified theater owners that the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opened in December, would be the last movie that would it would release on 35-millimeter film."

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    Comment: The Hollywood distribution machine is making a major paradigm shift that could ultimately make it easier for indies to get their productions screened, in my opinion. I think this is very welcome news.

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    Interesting, Thanks...
    I suspect the real reason is that physical distribution is just too costly and profits can be increased by going digital - and most cinemas have the kit anyway. Presumably Hollywood has got the means to encode the downloads - and something wipes the digits off, after the agreed number of showings.

    Whether this means more indies will be shown is a separate issue - based on economics, perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidmanners View Post
    Interesting, Thanks...
    I suspect the real reason is that physical distribution is just too costly and profits can be increased by going digital - and most cinemas have the kit anyway. Presumably Hollywood has got the means to encode the downloads - and something wipes the digits off, after the agreed number of showings.
    Whether this means more indies will be shown is a separate issue - based on economics, perhaps?
    That is, of course, the real reason ($$$). The Hollywood movie machine cranks out money. My point is, the fact that theaters are now becoming equipped with digital projectors theoretically removes one of the high-cost technical factors that hampered the distribution of Indy content. Of course, mainline Hollywood will protect their digital product by encryption and other digital rights methodologies, and that is to be expected. But if the theater owners who have digital projection capabilities are not locked into any contract exclusivity deals that prohibit them from showing Indy content, the theater owners will now have the option of showing additional content from digital Indy distributors that could also increase their revenue stream, if done prudently. Most theater revenue comes from their concessions, not from showing Hollywood's films. They actually get a very small margin from ticket sales. Should a theater owner have the option to also show Indy content, which would allow them to keep a greater percentage of ticket sales per screen, then there is an incentive created to run good Indy content in addition to the Hollywood corporate offerings. Of course, the Indy material would need to be of a quality that will attract a paying audience. This is a hypothetical business model, but the move to digital projection does open up this business possibility. It won't happen quickly, but it will happen.

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