Comcast wants to air recent theatrical releases on TV
While nothing has been solidified yet, Comcast is in talks with several Hollywood studios to have movies aired on television the same day they're released in theaters. The cable company would charge subscribers thirty to fifty dollars to watch a new release at home, which seems awfully damn expensive to me.
Naturally, theater owners aren't thrilled about this idea, since less and less people are going to the movies anyway. The times have definitely changed, and going to the movie is no longer the social event it once was. I live within walking distance of three great theaters here in Minneapolis, and while I do enjoy a matinee now and again I must admit it is much easier to just order the movies up on Netflix now that DVDs are released so quickly after the movies come out.
Meanwhile, Time-Warner is developing something called "Catch-Up," a service that will allow TV viewers to view recent episodes of shows they may have missed.