Poll: How do you watch movies? Cinema, DVD, VoD, illegal download?
Published Jul 30 2012, 15:07 BST | By Simon Reynolds
As technology races forward at break-neck speed, the movie industry has had to move with it and find new methods to make money from its feature films.
Long gone are the days when a trip to the cinema was the only way you'd get to watch the latest movies. Alongside 3D and IMAX screens, which build on the moviegoing experience at the cost of raised ticket prices, the home industry has had to evolve as DVD and Blu-ray sales have taken a hit.
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On-demand services such as LoveFilm
and Netflix offer up the chance to instantly stream movies in the comfort of your own home, while smaller outlets like Curzon On Demand can give subscribers the film on the day of its theatrical release. Willem Dafoe's The Hunter
and crime drama Polisse
are just two examples of niche films to receive the day-and-date release treatment in the UK.
Piracy through counterfeit DVDs and illegal downloading has also had an impact on how and when movies are watched. It's estimated that the UK economy takes a £1.2 billion hit every year thanks to piracy.
With so many options available, Digital Spy
wants to know how you watch movies. Pick out your preferred methods to watch movies below and feel free to get talking in the comments section.