A common theme lately is the fight between streaming services and movie theaters. COVID changed a lot with films coming out on Day 1 as a movie in the theatre. Over on VOX’s YouTube channel, they have an interesting explainer as to why theaters are still a viable business.
Vox does a good job of explaining the release window. This is an exclusive time a movie is in theaters before it goes onto be available elsewhere. This exclusive time period is essential for the theater to make money. Studios make money still from theaters and also gain some ground by shortening the window. I could break down a lot more of the video, but it’s a good 7-min watch. While I am steadfast in my desire to only watch movies at home, it’s interesting to see how vital theaters are to the movie industry.