Ster-Kinekor launches movie subscription club

R4ziel

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They have or had that overseas, iirc you have to have a dedicated movie room with certain specifications, buy a device for something like $30k and then you can watch movies the same day as in the cinema for $500 per movie.
Haha that sounds a tad overkill for watching the crappy movies released these days, there aren't any movies worth going out of the house for, that's my opinion anyway. I enjoy watching them, just not for the effort and price at the cinema
 

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Are you anywhere near Eastgate Shopping Centre, Watercrest Mall or I’Langa Mall?
Unfortunately not, I am based in the greater Cape Town area
However, somersetmall is just around the corner from me :)
 
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What you're talking about briefly existed as Prima Cinema. The installation cost $35,000 and each film cost $500 to stream. If you even bumped the equipment too hard the security features would disable it, and a rep would have to swing by again to re-authorise your machine.

The costs of showing new cinema releases at home are totally prohibitive. I think I read years ago that Prima is done for as not even the super wealthy were interested enough.
I don't want to watch it the same time as the premier of the movie, but once they are done at the cinema, I would like to steam it without having to sail the high seas
 

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I don't want to watch it the same time as the premier of the movie, but once they are done at the cinema, I would like to steam it without having to sail the high seas
It's available to rent or purchase on iTunes three months after the premiere date 90% of the time, streaming everything after they're done at the cinema for a reasonable price from a single subscription service won't ever be a thing. Since Disney now pretty much owns everything Disney+ will probably be a big thing with the most movies.
 

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Prices of the treats are going to increase in order to recoup costs.
Just how many movies can one really watch in a month. 1, maybe 2 good ones each month. The rest are average to poor.
Kids are free on vitality anyways.
I don't think this will be a hit, but good to see how it does. If it does well then well done to SK
 

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I don't want to watch it the same time as the premier of the movie, but once they are done at the cinema, I would like to steam it without having to sail the high seas
That's a separate issue then. You're basically just talking about regular home releases of films. You can blame local players like SK usually for delayed releases in SA. And you can bypass such restrictions by using a VPN or smart DNS service. For the most part we can legally access films around the same time they hit the global market.

Films can sometimes just be hard to obtain legally though. Hollywood is frequently dumb like that. I have no issues pirating a film if the studio is being a dunce about its distribution.
 

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This is a dumb rule, wtf do they care who goes as long as someone goes and spends money on snacks:

"Only the registered member can use the card allocated to them and no other person or third party "

Obviously, I understand you can't buy multiple tickets but what if you're busy and you want to buy a ticket for your significant other or your kid, so it's no money vs some money for them.
 

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Closest SK to me is almost an hour away so it doesn't make it worthwhile in the least. If NM came up with something like this I would consider it.
 

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SK should create an app in which you can stream these movies to your home. Some of us spend a lot on our HT systems so we can enjoy in the comfort of our own homes without having people constantly kicking the back of your seat, find pop corn in your seat from the previous movie and during the movies people pulling out their cellphones and having that distracting light.
If there was a service like this I would subscribe to it - even at movie ticket prices per movie.
 

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SK should create an app in which you can stream these movies to your home. Some of us spend a lot on our HT systems so we can enjoy in the comfort of our own homes without having people constantly kicking the back of your seat, find pop corn in your seat from the previous movie and during the movies people pulling out their cellphones and having that distracting light.
If there was a service like this I would subscribe to it - even at movie ticket prices per movie.
It would be between 50 and 100 times the price of a movie ticket per movie shown... plus you would need specialized equipment in the hundreds of thousands of Rands....
 

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It would be between 50 and 100 times the price of a movie ticket per movie shown... plus you would need specialized equipment in the hundreds of thousands of Rands....
Specialised equipment? Internet line and a smart tv with an app?
Cost wise it can still run the same price as the movies and in conjunction and I just realized now the problem with the system.............................piracy..........that's why we can have nice things.
 

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Specialised equipment? Internet line and a smart tv with an app?
Cost wise it can still run the same price as the movies and in conjunction and I just realized now the problem with the system.............................piracy..........that's why we can have nice things.
Nope.... Specialised secure equipment to hold the stream and play it back....

And yup, its piracy that would make those things a requirement like they did for the service in the US and the cost is what killed it.
 

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Ster-Kinekor launches movie subscription club

Good luck with that crap. I find it difficult to find more than 3 "decent" movies a month to watch.
 

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This model is retarted as its aimed at singles - and effectively discriminates against families.

How about family packages of up to 6 people and you get to watch 2 movies/month with the 20% refreshment discount for R350.

Or at the very least excludes a movies first week of release so the die hard Avengers fans can either watch it in the first week and pay premium or wait a week and get the discount.

Pretty sure Endgame played to empty seats from the second week. What's the point.
 

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Ster-Kinekor launches movie subscription club

Good luck with that crap. I find it difficult to find more than 3 "decent" movies a month to watch.
but "everyone loves" it. Until they realise SK sometimes only releases some if not more in 3D Imax only..
 

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This model is retarted as its aimed at singles - and effectively discriminates against families.

How about family packages of up to 6 people and you get to watch 2 movies/month with the 20% refreshment discount for R350.

Or at the very least excludes a movies first week of release so the die hard Avengers fans can either watch it in the first week and pay premium or wait a week and get the discount.

Pretty sure Endgame played to empty seats from the second week. What's the point.
The Fan Club one is aimed at families, effectively it can work out to one free ticket a month for the family.
 

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I'm really trying to like this but just can't.

First of all very limited cinemas covered.

Secondly the sub is aimed at movie goers that frequent so those people usually like to watch new releases and probably in IMAX if available so now that it is not covered it won't really appeal to anyone.

Make the sub 1 movie per day priced at R300 and include at least IMAX or the option of discounted prestige. A lot of people will join and you get a fixed income and price will be subsidized by people not using the sub very often but keep paying monthly.
 
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