Do you love sitting down every week and watching Game of Thrones with your friends and family in front of your TV? Well, how would you like paying for a ticket to go see it in theaters instead?
That’s an idea being tossed around by one movie theater executive, Cinemark president Tim Warner, speaking to Variety.
“They build up this huge fan base and there’s nowhere for the fan base to go,” Warner said. “‘Game of Thrones’ on the big screen would be so exciting. It’s not that you can’t go to the bar and watch this stuff, but you can’t have that premium experience. They’re going to have break down that barrier within the studios, so that all the content providers take a look at whatever content they’re doing and say, ‘Should this be going into this platform?’” Warner said.
“They’ve got to think of the theatrical platform as the largest pay-per-view platform in the world,” he added.
The idea is an interesting one, as it could allow non-subscribers to watch the show legally, and could have paying customers experience it on the big screen. HBO could maybe at least partially subsidize tickets for subscribers, but they could rake in a ton of cash from ticket sales. Even at a discounted price of say, $5 an episode, it could be a lot of cash.
What do you think? Cool idea, or a waste of effort and money on the part of the consumer?
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