23 Popular Filmmakers Speak Out Against On Demand Movies

23 Popular Filmmakers Speak Out Against On Demand Movies

I’m not quite sure how to feel about this one. The world of on demand entertainment is growing and DirecTV is set to offer a premium service showing movies online only 2 months after their official theatrical release. However, quite a few of the more popular directors and filmmakers have gone to the lengths of writing a letter to DirecTV requesting them to cancel their plans for this program immediately.

In the letter, the filmmakers argue that offering this content on demand so early will ruin the film business and force more theaters to close down. While they might have a legitimate claim, one has to wonder if they are truly concerned with the film business or rather with their own business. Two of the names attached to this letter just so happen to be James Cameron and Peter Jackson, who have recently gone to great lengths to promote a change in the standard frame rate of their films. One of the popular theories for their decision to promote such a change is put best by the words of Peter Jackson himself, as he was adamant that a higher frame rate makes the 3D experience much more fluid and immersive.

Yep, that whole frame rate thing could just be another attempt to extend the already waning life of 3D cinema. Could this be yet another cog in such plans? Well, if more theaters close they will have a harder time selling their 3D films at higher frame rates (and subsequently higher prices) to the masses. Regardless of the ulterior motives at hand here, something tells me that money is behind all of this.

Considering that DirecTV plans to charge a whopping $30 for their service, one has to wonder why filmmakers would have a problem with this? Well, when you can sell a ticket for between $10-15 in a theater, it might be harder to get the larger audiences to go out and see your movie when they can actually save money using a free on demand service online like this. Like I said, it’s all about money. Don’t be fooled by their attempts to make it sound like they really care about the theater experience, we all know the mythical experience they are talking about no longer exists. If you want to see the letter for yourself, check it out below. What are your thoughts? Feel free to post comments below.