I recently read on The Consumerist that DirecTV is talking to studios about offering a service that would allow it to charge $30 or more for customers to rent movies 60 days after after opening in theaters and at least a month before hitting the DVD shelves.
The idea is to take advantage of that lull between the time the movie is shiny and new in theaters and right before it comes out on DVD.
Being a cheapskate, I’d love to see this as an option.
Think about the positives:
- Your entire family and any friends you want to invite over, can watch a brand new movie in the comfort of your own home for just slightly more than the cost of 2 movie theater tickets.
- Snacks at home will be much cheaper than movie theater concessions.
- No need to pay for a baby sitter. Just watch the movie after they go to bed. And no need to worry about leaving the kids with a sitter, either.
- No travel expenses to get to a movie theater. This would be a big money-saver for us. With our vehicles and the current cost of gas, a trip to town costs almost $11!
- No sticky movie theater floors or air temps that are too hot or too cold.
- Wear what you want. Talk if you want. This is your movie, your way.
Of course, there are drawbacks:
- You’ll miss the big screen, big sound experience unless you invest in a home theater system (which would definitely cost you).
- Movie theaters will hate this, and will probably refuse to run movies released to a home audience. Movie producers may not like it all that much either if it cuts into their bottom line. How they react could affect your local movie theater experience.
- Impatience will cost you. If you don’t normally go to the theater to see movies, and now you suddenly start watching a lot of new movies at $30+ a pop, it will really crimp your budget. If you’re willing to wait a few weeks, you’ll be able to rent it on DVD for far less money.
- And of course, sometimes it’s just nice to get out of the house.
I’d love the option of being able to rent a new movie on demand. I certainly wouldn’t do it very often or pay more than $30 per movie, but it would be nice to have the ability to see the hot new movie with some friends without having to shell out for a baby sitter or spend a fortune on movie theater popcorn.
What do you think? Would you pay $30+ to watch a new movie in the privacy of your own home?