Over the past couple of years, streaming has fundamentally changed our ways of enjoying movies and TV shows. Gone are the days of waiting for episodes to trickle out every week and there is a new expectation of expediency when it comes to entertainment.
Download times are faster. Streaming quality is better. Everything is now more streamlined when it comes to getting our hands on our favorites forms of entertainment.
And then we get hit with a pandemic that makes studios think about releasing movies early since visiting cinemas is no longer an option in so many places.
We saw Disney release Frozen 2 early and also saw early releases of Onward, The Invisible Man, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
There are now different ways to buy or rent movies that would normally still be in theaters and a new way to do this is with Amazon Prime Video Cinema.
The one thing that you need to be aware of is that the prices are higher for rentals. For example, some rentals may cost you $20 which is higher than a standard non-theater rental.
This makes sense though as you would be paying a premium for a visit to a cinema. If you have multiple members in your family, $20 for a movie experience is not a bad deal either. Plus, you won’t be tempted to spend outrageous amounts of money on unhealthy snacks and drinks.
Here are some prices you might find on Amazon Prime Video Cinema.
- Onward: $20 (buy)
- The Invisible Man: $19.99 (rent)
- Emma: $19.99 (rent)
- The Hunt: $19.99 (rent)
One of the unintended consequences of facing this pandemic is that more people are going to figure out how to do things remotely. I believe this will have a profound impact on the way the global economy works and I also think it is going to alter the way we consume things like entertainment.
I’ve always felt like it was only a matter of time before movie theaters became obsolete for many people and I think this pandemic is only going to expedite that. I’m not saying that movie theaters will disappear altogether or overnight but I do think fewer people will be heading out to those establishments in the future (and they already are).
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