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Slashdot Asks: Would You Like Early Access To Movies And Stop Going To Theatres?

Slashdot - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 1:05pm
It appears many major stakeholders in the movie industry want to bring new titles to you within days, if not hours, as they hit cinemas. Earlier this year, we learned that Sean Parker is working on a service called "Screening Room", an idea that was reportedly backed by Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams, to bring movies on the same day as they show up in theaters. Apple seems interested as well. It is reportedly in talks with Hollywood studios to get iTunes rentals of movies that are still playing on the big screen. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that several studios are exploring the idea of renting new movies for $25 to $50 just two weeks after they have hit cinemas. None of such deals have materialized yet, of course, and also it needs to be pointed out that several movie companies have discarded these ideas before because they know that by offering you new titles so early they are going to lose on all the overpriced cold drinks, and snacks they sell you at the theatre. There's also piracy concerns. If a movie is available early, regardless of the DRM tech these companies deploy, good-enough footage of the movies will crop up on file-sharing websites almost immediately. But leaving all those aspects aside, would you be interested in getting new titles just hours or a week or two after they hit the cinemas? Would you want to end the decades-long practice of going to a theater?

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Become a Sneaky Urban Fox in This Entrancing 360-Degree Video

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:00am
We all know by now what a fox says, thanks to a certain song we all by now have heard too many times. But have you ever wondered what a fox sees? The post Become a Sneaky Urban Fox in This Entrancing 360-Degree Video appeared first on WIRED.
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Fellow Lawmakers: Let’s Read Real Science News, Not Breitbart

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:00am
Opinion: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) argues that her fellow members of Congress should rely on peer-reviewed science, not partisan news. The post Fellow Lawmakers: Let's Read Real Science News, Not Breitbart appeared first on WIRED.
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Miss Sloane Clip: Meet Jessica Chastain’s Troublesome Pals

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:00am
In her new movie, Jessica Chastain plays a lobbyist with questionable methods. Like, say, covert surveillance. The post Miss Sloane Clip: Meet Jessica Chastain's Troublesome Pals appeared first on WIRED.
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