There’s no doubt that Netflix are much more than just a streaming media company as more and more full length movies are bypassing cinema to be released solely on Netflix. It all started with “Beasts of No Nation” back in October 2015 but that also had a limited cinematic/theatrical release at the same time.
Now fast-forward a couple of years and there are now 59 (yes, fifty-nine) Original Movies on Netflix and plenty more on the way. “Bright“, starring Will Smith, will be arriving on 22nd December and upcoming sci-fi epic “Annihilation” will be exclusive to Netflix outside of USA, Canada and China in March 2018.
For the relatively small cost of Netflix, compared to a family ticket to your local cinema, this is obviously great value for money for some very big films. Remember, we’re not talking low-budget, ‘straight to VHS’ style movies here these are full budget Hollywood blockbusters with some huge names behind them.
One of the things I love about Netflix is that I can watch shows and movies when it suits me instead of having to stick to TV schedules or cinema show times. I’m going to hazard a guess that this is the main benefit for most people. That being said, I do like to see movies at the cinema – there’s something to be said for the big screen experience. There are much less distractions and compared to my 40″ Samsung TV the sound is way better. Seeing a film at the cinema is an experience in itself.
When I saw “Justice League” recently there was a trailer for “Bright”. I’d already seen the trailer but seeing it on a big screen with impressive sound just added a whole new dimension. It made me want to see the film at the cinema. But that will likely never happen… This got me thinking…:
What if Netflix moved into cinemas? Either building their own or striking up special deals with existing chains. This could benefit both Netflix and their subscribers. For Netflix the benefits would be staying on the good side of movie theatres by not taking away films from the cinema; they would be able to make money from non-subscribers – and this could then convert them into paying subscribers; there would be large posters saying “Netflix” in lots of cinemas. For the Netflix subscribers there would be the opportunity to see some big films on a big screen with great sound; there could be deals and offers for existing subscribers – discounted tickets, free snacks etc;
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see some Netflix Original movies on the big screen or are you happy to watch in the comfort of your home? Let us know in the comments below.