The Lowdown on Movie Downloads
LOS ANGELES, October 10, 2006, (PodTech News) – Last month, Apple unveiled its long-awaited movie download store and within a week sold 125,000 downloads, generating $1 million in revenue for the House of Mouse. Yet despite the success, only 75 Disney titles were available. Absent were movies from some of the largest Hollywood studios. Some insiders believe WalMart and other big retailers Hollywood cannot afford to alienate were to blame. But technology may also play a part in the slow adoption by studios — and consumers — of the new format. PodTech’s Matt Kelly gets the lowdown on downloads with BitTorrent’s Vice President of Business Development, Brian Taptich, and Emmy-nominated producer and director Robert Greenwald.
Reporter’s Notes: Robert Greenwald is the director/producer of “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,” Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism and the recently created Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers — a story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war, among other films. Learn more about him and Brave New Films. Robert has an innovative idea for democratizing the distribution of independent films for free using proprietary software which I’ll cover in a future podcast. And interestingly, BitTorrent will soon be enabling anyone with legal, high-quality, digital content to quickly post their downloadable files for distribution across the Web, becoming a destination to publish, search and download high-quality content, from major Hollywood films to user-generated podcasts. Stay tuned!
– Matt Kelly