BusinessWeek: Movie studios need to smarten up and let Apple sell their movies – or be left behind

“As the record labels learned too late, digital downloads are here to stay. Now it’s the studios’ turn to smarten up — or be left behind,” Ronald Grover writes for BusinessWeek. “Any movie mogul worth his private screening room knows that film downloads are next on [Apple CEO Steve Jobs’] to-do list. For months now, the Apple crew has been making the rounds trying to convince Hollywood execs to license their pictures. No luck yet, but the bearded visionary is nothing is not persistent.”

Grover writes, “So, wake up, Hollywood. What are you waiting for? Either let Jobs have your movies or — and this is a novel idea for any entertainment mogul — beat him to the punch with your own efficient, cost-effective way for consumers to get flicks off the Web… Hey movie moguls, you better act now, before you find yourselves singing the same iTune as the music business.”

Full article here.

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23 Comments

  1. If I am going to buy movies online, I want the purchase to include both an iPod-compatible version and a DVD or near-DVD quality one, unless the price is less than $5 ($4.99).

    MW: used, as in “I am not going to be used by the movie industry.”

  2. Either let Jobs have your movies or — and this is a novel idea for any entertainment mogul — beat him to the punch with your own efficient, cost-effective way for consumers to get flicks off the Web

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  3. Can you call stubble a “beard”?
    The bandwidth on average is just not where it needs to be to make movie downloading practical. I think the step Apple has taken is the perfect combination of content and deliverability. Everyone expected the iPod to come out with video capabilities, but to throw in the availability of Disney/ABC programming on top of that creating a new distribution model for an entirely new industry was shear brilliance!
    More content will be here soon, and movies will be next, in due time…

  4. Most likely, the TV industry will jump onto Steve’s idea immediately. They lack all imagination and if any one of them has an ounce of intelligence, they will see the huge potential in this new TV distribution system. [ …much to the terror this has stabbed at the cable industry’s heart!]

    Eventually, the movie industry will also join in once they realize that millions of people have high speed (and getting even faster) and can download their new releases faster than a movie exec can wipe his fat butt. Exactly like the music industry.

    Those too stupid to learn from history deserve to relive it.

  5. I guarantee one thing, if the studios do it, it won’t be Mac compatible. Anytime anyone corporate sets out to do anything with technology, they turn to the stooges they know, and those stooges only know one thing…

    Microsoft.

  6. Bandwidth IS here…

    Guys, this is targeting early adopters, myself being one of them. Everyone in my neighborhood has 4-6 MB download for $39/month. Speaking with the Cox (Cable) installer, 1 in 4 homes have HDTV. I am aware that this is not typical, but don’t say the market isn’t ready….we’re waiting for it!

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