- Apr 30, 2000
Three months before the video is released? Isn't this a little earlier than normal? Good thing I happened to have the right cables in my suitcase . . . just kidding.
I'm not sure how it's done, but they've had some pretty good movies out a very long time before a dvd or tape is released to the public
It's all part of the product life-cycle of films....there are exceptions, but it typically goes like this:
1. First-run in Theaters
2. Hotel/Special venue PPV = +3-4 months
3. DVD/VHS = +5-7 months
4. Cable/satellite PPV = +9-10 months
5. Cable movie stations (HBO, Starz, etc.) = +12-14 months
6. Syndication/regular cable/TV stations (TNT, USA, etc.) = +18 months-2, 3 years
As you can see, studios can really milk revenue out of successful films from the opening to several years later.
Of course, there are exceptions and these are general guidelines -- plus this is off the top of my head, so I might have missed something, but this is basically it.