DirecTV to Charge $30 for Theater Movies post-60 days release
Boy, they just keep creeping out these sorts of ideas don’t they? Remember a few months ago when we read a report about the possibility of charging a lot more than $30 to see a movie at the same time (or shortly after it’s theatrical release)? Well now DirecTV is proposing to charge $30 for early access to a movie after 60 days in the theater. Good idea or bad? Not sure, but given that some theaters charge $12/ticket, if you have a family this sure makes a lot of sense. Too bad theater owners are NOT pleased.
People familiar with the matter said the satellite TV company would likely be the first distributor to launch so-called premium VOD, through which consumers would pay about $30 to rent a movie via the Internet or cable 60 days after it opened in theaters and at least a month before it would become available on DVD.