We need Theatrical Release and we need Netflix also.
Why some film makers hate Netflix ?
1. Netflix does not disclose its numbers like - How many people have watched the respective Documentary or a Film on Netflix ? At least with studio system we know how much a movie collected at the box-office ensuring the film makers get a backend if at all there is any. With Netflix it’s just a void.
2. Netflix pays pennies on the dollar for some good films and pays a huge amount for some crappy films. The genuine Film Maker is at loss always. Netflix does not disclose their viewing numbers and hence cheat film-makers. Netflix does little on the publicity/promotion of a film, hence most films disappear without a trace never to be found. Available on Netflix does not mean it will be watched by people in 190 countries. Available on Netflix means its not available anywhere else.
3. In the movie business or any product business...we need to milk it to the maximum so that everyone in the chain makes a good profit. If you put any movie on Netflix...its cost is $0 for the audience as they are already on a monthly subscription. It should be the last one in the Chain...first being Theatrical --> Video on Demand --> Streaming (Netflix/YouTube). Proper window system should be followed in order to give opportunity for each venue to generate revenue.
4. Netflix is not playing a fair game, it’s just pumping $$ to make content (Good TV Series but mostly crappy Original Movies) by raising its long-term debt and not thinking about the overall health of the movie industry. If it continues, it will be another case of "MoviePass" where MoviePass tried to disrupt the system and got burnt because it lowered the movie ticket cost to 33 cents/ticket.
5. Netflix is required for films which do not need a theatrical release just like how we used to have Straight to DVD / TV movies. Netflix can tell varied stories which would not see the light of the day. They can be eligible for Emmy's and not the Oscars (They can have a separate Category in Oscars which says, “Best TV/Streaming” Movie).
6. Netflix and other Streaming sites will be solely responsible for destruction of Theatrical Business in USA.... while rest of the world enjoys movies in big movie Theatres where they follow proper release window while folks in US have to watch on iphones/laptops/TVs. A Netflix or Amazon can never do the same for example in a country like India where Theatrical Release is the most important part of a movie release.
The Theatrical exhibition business also has to evolve and use technology to the fullest in order to avoid the onslaught of Streaming services. The movie theatres have to come up with new innovative ideas in order to get the audience to the theatres.
The A-List Actors also have to demand a theatrical release window before their movies are available for streaming. Initially the actors might be paid big amounts by Netflix or others, but eventually in the future they will be just salaried employees if this continues.
The issue can be resolved if we prioritize Film and Film-makers and the overall health of the Film Industry… the rest of the folks like Distribution or Streaming comes later.
We need good content, good stories, good directors who can tell those stories, good actors who can present those stories and then a sustainable business model. Disruption is good when it adds value in the long run, not when it destroys the very purpose.
2. Netflix pays pennies on the dollar for some good films and pays a huge amount for some crappy films. The genuine Film Maker is at loss always. Netflix does not disclose their viewing numbers and hence cheat film-makers. Netflix does little on the publicity/promotion of a film, hence most films disappear without a trace never to be found.
Compared to the last few years, this might be the weakest Oscar Best Picture category.