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 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Thought I would start a separate thread as the other one is more about health and information.
I see "Onward" which did not do well at the box office is already available for streaming just weeks after it premiered in the theaters. "Call of the Wild" is already available for purchase thru streaming sites.

You got a lot of big ticket movies finished but on hold. Of course many productions halted altogether. Do you see "Mulan", "Black Widow" and "James Bond" going straight to Pay Per View?

Do you think this is the end of some major entertainment industries? Some suggest if they start premiering new films for streaming ppl will get used to that and not go to the theater anymore if and when they open up again.

I hear the comic book industry is about to collapses. Since the major players, Marvel and DC are now owned by mega-corporations they just don't make enough money to merit their existence.

Or is this all "the sky is falling" premonitions.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

You raise some very good points Solium!
Are movies/shows still being made in crowded studios?
Are the entertainment industry and Media Industrial Complex exempt from the coronavirus business shutdowns?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

People will always visit the cinema.
Sometimes, even, to see a film.
Where else is a kid gonna go on a first date?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Good thread. So what's Hollywood doing? It looks like all the productions have stopped, all the cinemas are closed (well they are in the rest of the world, I'm assuming that America is the same), so is it a town of closed studios & unemployed people? Here in the UK all TV drama production seems to have stopped, & I'd think the same goes for features. I just don't think people are going to go back (eventually) & pick up where they left off as if nothing has happened. I'm 69 & this is by far the biggest thing in my lifetime.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

As long as the rich and famous are getting tested before any of the great unwashed...
THAT'S the important thing.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Ive been hearing the comic book industry has been on life support for sometime. And a national/world crisis is the thing to bring them down. The general consensus is many industries on the verge of collapsing will go down because of this. If not directly, indirectly as businesses will need to cut fat more than ever.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)

Someone in heaven (or in hell) has heard Greta's laments about plundering the Earth and sent virus.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)

Are movies/shows still being made in crowded studios?

Everyone was sent home.
But there are some people in entertainment industry, who are able to work from home, e.g. CGI artists.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

With so many people stuck at home I wonder if this has lead to an increase in internet bandwidth?
Will this lead to "inevitable" increases in internet and streaming fees for customers?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

With so many people stuck at home I wonder if this has lead to an increase in internet bandwidth?
Will this lead to "inevitable" increases in internet and streaming fees for customers?



My Internet service provider (Cox) has lifted bandwidth caps for all customers through May. And those who were paying for unlimited bandwidth will get a partial discount. They say this is mainly to accommodate students working at home.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I'm worried that I won't get to see Mummenschanz this year.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

I don't think that this will change the entertainment industry. I think bad economics is good news for the entertainment industry because people will go out and watch movies. Just a matter of ticket prices and the right product at the right time.

TV, home video, streaming and home cinema sets didn't kill cinema. Why should a break of a few months do that?

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Thought I would start a separate thread as the other one is more about health and information.
I see "Onward" which did not do well at the box office is already available for streaming just weeks after it premiered in the theaters. "Call of the Wild" is already available for purchase thru streaming sites.

You got a lot of big ticket movies finished but on hold. Of course many productions halted altogether. Do you see "Mulan", "Black Widow" and "James Bond" going straight to Pay Per View?

Do you think this is the end of some major entertainment industries? Some suggest if they start premiering new films for streaming ppl will get used to that and not go to the theater anymore if and when they open up again.

I hear the comic book industry is about to collapses. Since the major players, Marvel and DC are now owned by mega-corporations they just don't make enough money to merit their existence.

Or is this all "the sky is falling" premonitions.


This pandemic is changing and will continue to change so many aspects of our lives in ways we may not even be able to fathom at this point. But in regards to the entertainment industry, particularly to the theater industry and premiers, etc, yes, you will see an inevitable increase in streaming. Fear is a powerful emotion and being afraid to catch something, from anyone, anywhere, will linger long after this is all said and done. But also, the factor of convenience as well will be a huge motivation in staying put at home. I may rather to pay 5.99 and have friends over on a Friday to sit and watch the next James Bond rather than seeing in IMAX(actually that is bullshit but just using that as an example - theater over television for me) .

I don't know of actual demise of portions of the entertainment industry per se, but inevitable changes in how business is conducted is all but certain.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Mark   (Member)


The downside of these luvvie act'hors not working on movies etc is that with so much time on their hands and feeling the need to be the centre of everyone's attention they will be posting sob stories of their coronavirus experiences (even if they may hsve only had a touch of the sniffles) or worse still singing 'Imagine' like Gal Gadot and chums did the other week and posting it on Instagram.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Thought I would start a separate thread as the other one is more about health and information.
I see "Onward" which did not do well at the box office is already available for streaming just weeks after it premiered in the theaters. "Call of the Wild" is already available for purchase thru streaming sites.

You got a lot of big ticket movies finished but on hold. Of course many productions halted altogether. Do you see "Mulan", "Black Widow" and "James Bond" going straight to Pay Per View?

Do you think this is the end of some major entertainment industries? Some suggest if they start premiering new films for streaming ppl will get used to that and not go to the theater anymore if and when they open up again.

I hear the comic book industry is about to collapses. Since the major players, Marvel and DC are now owned by mega-corporations they just don't make enough money to merit their existence.

Or is this all "the sky is falling" premonitions.


This pandemic is changing and will continue to change so many aspects of our lives in ways we may not even be able to fathom at this point. But in regards to the entertainment industry, particularly to the theater industry and premiers, etc, yes, you will see an inevitable increase in streaming. Fear is a powerful emotion and being afraid to catch something, from anyone, anywhere, will linger long after this is all said and done. But also, the factor of convenience as well will be a huge motivation in staying put at home. I may rather to pay 5.99 and have friends over on a Friday to sit and watch the next James Bond rather than seeing in IMAX(actually that is bullshit but just using that as an example - theater over television for me) .

I don't know of actual demise of portions of the entertainment industry per se, but inevitable changes in how business is conducted is all but certain.


I don't just see this as inevitable changes, but also some industries taking advantage of the change in dynamics. This could be like an experiment for them. People are locked up in their houses, so get them hooked on streaming brand new releases. If they find out they can make a profit from direct streaming and cut out the middle man (the theater owners) they'll do that in a heartbeat. And people are habit forming, they may not go back to the theaters even if they open up again.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

... or worse still singing 'Imagine' like Gal Gadot and chums did the other week and posting it on Instagram.


I saw that.
That was truly self-unctious.

(ETA: Sorry, it's spelled "unctuous". Man, what is with me and the keyboard today!?)

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

... or worse still singing 'Imagine' like Gal Gadot and chums did the other week and posting it on Instagram.


I saw that.
That was truly self-unctious.


I haven't seen it. i don't want to see it. I'm in love with Gal. Don't burst my bubble!

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN is now available on streaming two or three weeks after its theatrical premiere since just when it started its theatrical run, suddenly no one goes to the theatre anymore. Will be interesting where this will lead.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

I hear the comic book industry is about to collapses. Since the major players, Marvel and DC are now owned by mega-corporations they just don't make enough money to merit their existence.


There are plenty of reasons for Disney and Warner Bros. to want their respective comic book company to continue publishing comics: they are cheap R&D to be used for movies, shows, and other far more lucrative markets. Comics are cheap to produce, and compared to movies or shows, can be produced quickly, so they can gauge audience reactions shortly after a project is green lit. So I suspect Marvel and DC will be producing comics for many, many years to come.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 may prove fatal to comic book shops and most other comic publishers. Diamond Distribution, who has a virtual monopoly on distributing comics to comic shops, has closed its doors for the foreseeable future. This is the last week comic shops are receiving new comics. Publishers like Marvel, DC, and many other companies have a difficult choice to make: either cease publishing product in support of comic shops and resume when things are back to normal, or release new product digitally. Comics are published serially, and if enough readers switch to digital so they can keep up with the storylines, they may never go back to the brick and mortar shops once things get back to normal.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I hear the comic book industry is about to collapses. Since the major players, Marvel and DC are now owned by mega-corporations they just don't make enough money to merit their existence.


There are plenty of reasons for Disney and Warner Bros. to want their respective comic book company to continue publishing comics: they are cheap R&D to be used for movies, shows, and other far more lucrative markets. Comics are cheap to produce, and compared to movies or shows, can be produced quickly, so they can gauge audience reactions shortly after a project is green lit. So I suspect Marvel and DC will be producing comics for many, many years to come.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 may prove fatal to comic book shops and most other comic publishers. Diamond Distribution, who has a virtual monopoly on distributing comics to comic shops, has closed its doors for the foreseeable future. This is the last week comic shops are receiving new comics. Publishers like Marvel, DC, and many other companies have a difficult choice to make: either cease publishing product in support of comic shops and resume when things are back to normal, or release new product digitally. Comics are published serially, and if enough readers switch to digital so they can keep up with the storylines, they may never go back to the brick and mortar shops once things get back to normal.


They will never stop "publishing" comics in some form or other just to keep the brand alive. But comics today are not selling. (many reasons for that) I've heard they may close down their own production houses and contract out the work to other companies. Or simply repackage classic titles and use the properties for films and television series. (as they've been doing) I think merchandising sales are far more lucrative and the movies sell the goods.

 
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