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Hollywood.com and CinemaNow announced Thursday that they are creating a
new, co-branded pay-per-view movie site scheduled to open in June.
The deal gives the smaller CinemaNow a much needed venue for distributing
mainstream, full-length films. Whether it will help give the overall
online movie distribution channel more life is another issue.
"These are interesting experiments and I don't think there's anything
wrong with them, but I don't think they're the future of the industry
by any stretch," Forrester analyst Eric Scheirer told the E-Commerce Times.
I have a PC plugged into my TV. Although I am on the extreme with a wireless keyboard and a 65" HD TV, any pc with a $50.00 video card would allow people to watch these movies on their TV. The quality is equal to the progressive scan DVD's I watch.
Eric Sheirer's comments on Internet Pay Per View are correct if filmmakers don't adopt to an internet audience. If we do then I believe there is a future for film on the web. As a filmmaker with a pay per view film on the web I have an interesting model. Viewers get to see 90% of the film for free only paying to see the end. What's more, the film is part of a series, and part of the viewer's payment goes towards the second film in the series and so on. The film is 20mins which doesn't require someone to sit in front of a desktop too long and is dramatically and narratively structured to suit the pay for ending format. It went live 3 days ago, is self financed/directed and produced and if successful will I believe herald the rise of the small low budget independent producer/director teams carving out a niche for themselves, generating low but sustainable revenue streams and positioning themselves in readiness for the inevitable global broadband network that the Internet will soon become. Scheirer is right. It's not about technology, it's about the films. Always was. Always will be.
I found this post doing a search for "PPV filmmaker"
I've been working on building a PPV network for over a year now,and working with other networks for almost 2 years. I've been following leaders in the industry like Jeremy Allaire, Chairman & CEO and Adam Berrey, SVP Marketing & Strategy, Brightcove.
They are paving the way along side Move-Neworks
Dave Stewert from Eurythmics tried to offer this too the world back in 95 with the slyfi channel,
so nothing is new it's just a matter of timing