People Prefer Movies at Home vs the Theater

Could it be the whining children, the ringing cell phones or the annoying kids sitting in front of you? Or could it be the high ticket prices. A new poll by the AP and AOL showed that 75% percent of those questioned prefer to watch movie in the comfort of their own home.

With HDTV television prices falling and movie ticket prices rising, this only makes sense right? According to an article at AudioVideo Revolution, Hollywood is suffering one of their worst slumps in history, despite record sales by movies like Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. And because of movie services like Netflix and Blockbuster Online, people can rent movies without ever leaving their home.

Hollywood has an uphill battle and will need to make better movies if they want to attract movie-goers. Other tactics which you might see Hollywood try include delayed DVD releases. Jerry Del Colliano of AudioVideo Revolution makes some very valid points: “The best option for Hollywood is to embrace the new HDTV disc formats so that they can sell their new and back catalog movies right into people’s homes and cars all over again. HD-DVD and Blu-ray are disc formats about 1 to 2 years away from being commercially available and can play back movies in 5.1 surround with HDTV picture. “