Eric Hellweg writes: "... Today [1/27/2006] is the release date for Bubble, a new film directed by Soderbergh and released by HDNET Films, an upstart film company cofounded by Cuban. Setting Bubble apart from, say, Nanny McPhee and Big Momma's House 2, two other films debuting on Friday, is that the film will be available in cinemas and on the HDNET cable channel on the same day. What's more, just four days later, it will be out on DVD. In other words: there will be no "window" between its theatrical release and its availability for home viewing. ...¶ ... theatrical revenues have been diminishing steadily as a percentage of overall revenues for the movie industry. In 1980, 55 percent of industry revenues came from theatrical showings. In 2005, the trend was in full swing: roughly 85 percent of revenues came from home video sales. As a result, the time before a home-video release has shrunk, as DVD revenues have encompassed more and more of the movie industry's overall revenues and profits. And, of course, studios are rushing to collect those home video sales." Link: Technology Review.
Also see David Goetzl's, IFC: Now Showing In A Theater Near You, And On VOD. "... IFC will make at least 24 films available this year to cable companies for VOD distribution at the same time the films are playing on the silver screen. The MSOs will determine how much to charge for the films. In a market like Manhattan, where movies can cost $10.50, a cost half as much--or less--could take business from theater operators. ..." Link: MediaPost.