Senior HTF Member
- Apr 16, 2008
- Hawthorne, NV
- Real Name
- Todd Erwin
But Paramount really needs to join Movies Anywhere, as do Lionsgate, MGM, STX, etc. I am hesitant to purchase digital-only releases from these studios mostly due to the fact that the purchase is for a single retailer. We are seeing some weird happenings lately in streaming - Walmart was (or still is) looking to sell off Vudu; streaming services are not created equal across various streaming devices; and we are starting to see streaming services getting dropped on streaming devices over "carriage deals" similar to what we've been seeing on cable and satellite for decades. Granted, the latter hasn't happened with a Vudu-like service yet, but time will tell.Thinking of Paramount...
The more I think this over the more I realize the brilliance of Paramount skipping discs and releasing their big catalog titles to streaming.
Paramount doesn't have to pay for replication or packaging. Paramount doesn't have to worry about unsold inventory in stores.
They put out a title for $12 HD (with it occasionally going on sale for $6) and they still make the same profit per purchase (if not more).
This is the reason why, in my opinion, the disc market is doomed. It seems to me there is a bigger profit in skipping all the overhead, offering a title that costs LESS to buy digitally (which entices more purchases) and the studio still makes the same amount of money (if not more).
Now, I warn, this is all off the top of my head and I welcome factual numbers to back this up, but it makes sense.
Apple TV (formerly iTunes) works great on Apple TV devices, but is limited to 4K HDR and Dolby Digital 5.1 on Roku and Fire OS devices, so I am more inclined to purchase non-MA titles on Vudu rather than Apple. However, if Walmart sells Vudu to another company, and the new owner can't broker a deal with Roku, I'm screwed. I feel for all those who had large non-UV libraries on Target Ticket and CinemaNow (which absorbed the TT customer base when TT was shut down). Both services are no more, with CinemaNow closing without any advance notice and essentially cutting off any contact to their customers in the process. Personally, I lost 2-3 movies on CinemaNow, so it's not a huge loss for me, but still....