With Popcorn, DVD’s and TiVo, Moviegoers Are Staying Home – New York Times: The New York Times asks the question whether or not the box office slump for new movies is due to poorer quality movies being made or if perhaps there is a cultural shift with people choosing to get more of their entertainment on demand, through time shifting technology, or though DVD.
The “cinema experience” continues to improve at home with HDTV and high resolution plasmas. Could there be a cultural shift going on?
“It is much more chilling if there is a cultural shift in people staying away from movies,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the Exhibitor Relations Company, a box-office tracking firm. “Quality is a fixable problem.”
But even if the quality of movies can be improved, Mr. Dergarabedian said, the fundamental problem is that “today’s audience is a much tougher crowd to excite. They have so many entertainment options and they have gotten used to getting everything on demand.”
Well one thing I do know. With over 10 million blogs tracked now, at least some people (myself included of course) spend a lot more time blogging than I used to pre-blog and this is but one of many digital technology advancements that threaten to pull our time, money and attention away from a night out at the movies.