Netflix and the non-event movie

Unlike the traditional movie paradigm, the value of the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel to Netflix will not decline over time and has no particular time "window." It is not a depreciating asset but a long term investment in audience building, which makes it a very different animal from most movies.…

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Drowning in data in Hollywood

The studios are all busily scanning their libraries in 4K in anticipation of a day when delivering 4K video to the home is a practical reality. But all those ultra-high def scans are creating are creating new problems for the studios in the meantime: where and how to store all that data,?…

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Trouble in Tinseltown

Turnstiles have been slowing at domestic theaters for much of the past decade, with only a brief respite in 2006 and a short-lived spike in attendance in 2009 due to the release of Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time. Ticket-price inflation and the introduction of 3D films helped mask the effect for a while, but with the 3D premium eroding as the novelty has worn off and the weak economy and growing competition for entertainment dollars now keeping overall ticket inflation in check, the erosion of the movie audience is plain to see.…

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The 11 Best iPhone Apps of 2009

Bolstered by arrival of the 3GS, launch of in-app purchasing and push notifications, the iPhone apps of 2009 have become richer and more robust experiences. Across 11 categories, here were this year's standouts.…

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