Technological Developments: Movie Industry

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Introduction

Advances in technology are changing the way the movie industry is doing business. Today's movie consumers are looking for more convenient ways of viewing films without seating in a movie theatre. They are also seeking better quality and sharper images. To stay competitive and reduce the challenges associated with technological developments the industry must identify best practices and apply those practices to problems the organizations might face.

Best Practices in the Movie Industry to Leverage Technological Advancements Best Practice 1: Forming Strategic Partnerships
On May 9, 2006 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced a groundbreaking agreement with Bit Torrent Inc. to leverage the company's peer-assisted delivery system for the electronic sales of motion picture and television content in the United States. With this announcement, Warner Bros. became the first major studio to provide legal video content via the BitTorrent publishing platform. The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group was founded in 2005 to bring together all of the Warner Bros. Entertainment businesses involved in the digital delivery of entertainment content to consumers, including home video, online, wireless, games and anti-piracy and emerging technologies operations.

BitTorrent is home to the world's leading open-source file-sharing protocol by the same name, specifically created to overcome the obstacles of transferring large files over the Internet. Created in 2001, BitTorrent enables millions of users worldwide to publish, search and download popular digital content quickly, easily and securely. The new BitTorrent Service will feature hundreds of Warner Bros. television shows and films for download with DVD. The technology behind BitTorrent is elegantly designed for the delivery of large files like TV programs and films. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group was established to provide innovative, next-generation distribution models and this relationship provides our company with a unique platform to reach a new set of movie fans. By combining Warner Bros.' popular video content with BitTorrent's proven delivery efficiency; consumers will have an unparalleled way to experience entertainment online. Source: Business Wire: May 9, 2006 Best Practice 2: Digital Distribution

Until about five years ago, the box office was the largest initial revenue for movies in the United States. Now movie studios are seeing a dramatic increase in DVD sales and electronic distributors are benefiting from the increased sales of theater-quality home entertainment systems (O'Mara, 2005). According to Datamonitor, "The home video market is the most important within the movies & entertainment sector, accounting for 44.6% of sector revenues in 2004" (Global Movies, 2005, p.8). The recent popularity of camera phones and iPods has grabbed the attention of the Hollywood studios. The movie industry is embracing digital distribution through a new technology called MovieBeam. This service includes a set-up box that costs around $200 dollars and arrives holding 100 films that customers can rent for between $2 and $4 dollars each (Taylor, 2006). A maximum of 10 new films can be downloaded through a digital signal each week. The films are transferable to an iPod or personal computer, which allows the customer to view the movie anywhere and at anytime. Best Practice3: Digital Cameras

A leader in the movie industry use of technology is George Lucas. George Lucas has used his company, Lucas Films, to change the way movies are produced. As Ron Magid (2005) points out George Lucas has found a better way of producing "from the digital cameras that are replacing film cameras on movie sets, to the way movies are edited, to how special effects are created, to the sound one hears in theaters and at home, and even to the way movies are distributed to theaters, Lucas has led the way in adopting innovative technologies."

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