So a lot of people are downloading movies and doing it for free. Are we a nation of criminals? Has a desperation for movies driven us to madness? Why do we do this?
Firstly, a frustration for movie-goers is the delayed movie release dates for New Zealand screens. Movies will often open in
cinemas after they do in the US, and for non-major releases the wait can be
This appears to be a major drive behind downloading movies. Typical
When a film I'm looking forward to has already been released overseas, I'll often
download it before it opens at cinemas here.
We live in an online global world. People get frustrated… their online pals talk
for months about the latest movie and [are] still waiting to see it. A legit (affordable)
and not too rigidly controlled download service would help reduce infringing
Secondly, people reckon the legal options for watching movies online are lacking. Paid online movie services like iTunes are restrictive
because of their own delayed release dates (staggered by region - NZ still gets them late). The range of titles in these libraries isn’t considered wide enough
Thirdly, local data costs and caps are proving restictive. When the math is done on the total cost of data PLUS the fee from iTunes or whatever online movie service, it's expensive. A paying customer observes:
My internet cap is the main reason I don't watch more streamed movie content
online. As I have to pay for the data used and the movie, making the whole experience
more expensive then the quality and perceived convenience deserves.
Would we still go the cinema if movies were released simultaneously at theatres, on DVD / Blu-Ray and online (as some commentators have advocated)? 47% say they'd go as often as they do now, 46% say they'd still go but less often, and 6% would never go.