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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/11/2017 7:50:54 AM
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Re: Another Blow to Theaters
@dcawrey: See, for me personally, I'm fine with that, because (1) I'm generally perfectly content to rewatch the same stuff over and over (Did I mention one of my favorite channels is the Game Show Network?), and (2) I think movies, the past 10+ years are so, have generally been garbage (or, at least, not my cup of tea) -- and on the infrequent occasion that there's a newer release I *really* want to see, I'll wait until I see a good price for the DVD online or at Target or Walmart (which tends to be cheaper than the on-demand rental price).

The only time I got "burned" by that was when I was waiting for the complete series of House to come on to Netflix.  I waited and I waited and it didn't come.

Finally, Christmas was around the corner and my mom began hectoring me about what to get me for Christmas, when the truthful answer is usually "nothing" or "socks," and it always ends up with her sending me a gift card of some kind -- always with the guilt-driving message/explanation of "I never know what you want."  So that year, I said, look, if you really want to get me something, you can get me the boxed set of House on DVD.

So she did.  Yay.

And then about a week later, as January began, Netflix announced it had just gotten House.

Argh.



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dcawrey
dcawrey
2/10/2017 2:25:35 PM
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Re: Another Blow to Theaters
@Joe Stanganelli The only problem with that is content providers are still going to keep new releases from you. It's actually a pretty good marketing ploy: While you are watching content you already pay for, they push content you should be paying for. 

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Ariella
Ariella
2/10/2017 12:29:45 PM
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Re: Interesting...
@Joe I guess we'd have to add that to the list of frequent flyer problems: toomuch pressure on a touch screens.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/10/2017 12:17:02 PM
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Re: Interesting...
@Ariella: Indeed--and that's a trend that began with the airlines, what, over 12 years ago?

The one problem of that, though, when it's a touchscreen: having to feel someone in the seat behind you pressing much harder than necessary on the screen on the back of your seat (particularly if they are less tech savvy and don't quite understand that touchscreens don't require high degrees of pressure).  I'm very thankful for the airlines that don't use touchscreens and instead have armrest controls.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/10/2017 12:13:56 PM
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Re: Another Blow to Theaters
@elizabethv: ONE aspect of the utter ridiculousness of that is that I can sit at home in a reclining chair and watch video I already pay for via cable subscription, OTT subscription, or just plain ol' Internet subscription (for video that is otherwise free).

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/10/2017 12:07:42 PM
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Re: Another Blow to Theaters
Supposedly, at least in the first few weeks or couple months a movie is out, all the theater's ticket revenue is going to the studios/producers/what-have-you, so all their money comes from refreshments -- thus why they price them so high and are so GRRRRRR about people bringing their own snacks/drinks.

I don't say this to disagree with you.  I say this to help explain the broken model that legacy Hollywood is/has become.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/10/2017 12:05:49 PM
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Re: Interesting...
@mhh: I remember reading years ago (it may have been Scott Adams who wrote it but I forget) that car makers, electronics manufacturers, and the like purposely throw seemingly "random" letters in the names of their products/models to suggest sex.  (e.g., the BMW S.X)  I suspect Apple/iPhone is no different.

That said, I rather think that after Z we would just roll right back to A...  That's certainly better than, say, going to W.

Or maybe it will be "Generation Smith"...to complement "Generation Jones".

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Ariella
Ariella
2/10/2017 10:48:18 AM
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Re: Interesting...
<On the Millennial side, I think it comes down more to the widely studied and acknowledged Millennial preference for a personal screen when viewing video.>

@Joe I agree, I think that is so. Consider the fact that even airplanes stopped showing movies on a screen for all in favor of individual screens on seatbacks that offers viewers choices.

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Ariella
Ariella
2/10/2017 10:46:15 AM
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Re: Interesting...
< I have a pet theory that people who like loud things also actively enjoy sharing that loudness with others -- for better or worse>

@Joe no question about it; it's how extroverts are wired.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/10/2017 10:39:25 AM
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Re: Interesting...
> "There is a WORLD of difference between someone born in 1988 and someone born in 1998.)" Heh. If this trend keeps up, we'll be naming generations as frequently as iPhones come out. What comes after Generation Z? Generation ZS or Z+?

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