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Studios tentatively discuss disruptive movie service with Apple, Comcast

There is a dark underbelly to the rumors that US studios Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers are in discussions with Comcast and Apple to offer movie downloads just two weeks after theatrical release – potentially tipping the scales to trigger the collapse of the cinema industry and the revolution of the movie studio. The number of movie theaters in the US has been flat for five years at around 40,000 screens at 5,000 sites, while China is opening a staggering 15 new cinemas every day. To paint an ominous picture, the drive-in movie theater is remembered with an affectionate nostalgia, but the number of drive-in sites has declined 91% since its peak to leave just 330 or so left in…

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