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Old 01-07-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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Could we see the day where major blockbuster movies are produced for YouTube for free viewing, paid for only by Google's AdSense and limited commercials that run only before and after the movie?

Could AdSense raise enough money not only to pay off the enormous production costs, but a reasonable profit too?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:38 PM
 
Location: A Very Naughtytown In Northwestern Montanifornia U.S.A.
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I don't think so, but it's just my opinion. Google's empire will stuff their bank accounts.
Between the free movies on Youtube and Netflix, combined with our crappy cable service that we get with our apartment rent, we don't need any more TV. There is actually a real life out there to live, away from "The Boob Tube" !
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I don't really see why not. Stuff is starting to be developed exclusively for NetFlix which is essentially the same thing. I don't think they would make their money back if it started now but I could see something like that happening in the future, assuming YouTube is still around.

To be clear, I'm not talking about multi-million dollar epics here. But something like Paranormal Activity could probably work.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:01 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles and Rancho Palos Verdes
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I can see straight to Hulu, but Youtube? No.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'd not heard of the Direct-to-Youtube concept, but I think that way could have a lot of potential!

There are some movies made 'on a shoestring' that turn out very well, and the cost of professional quality output digital cameras are now well within the budget of anyone. Especially if you also look at alternate funding measures like Kickstarter.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:18 AM
 
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Major blockbusters cost millions to make, have to pay union rates to SAG and IATSE, have to have a representative from the humane society on board, and so on and so forth. I rarely say "never" But a major blockbuster going straight to YouTube, where Google would reap the lion's share profits, is NEVER going to happen... unless Google gets into making movies and does it as a stunt.

There is simply too much money that would be lost in eliminating the other distribution channels.

Fan movies may get better, and be entertaining and innovative, but they are like soap box derby cars compared to the blockbuster's Lotus.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:06 PM
 
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Major blockbusters cost millions to make, have to pay union rates to SAG and IATSE, have to have a representative from the humane society on board, and so on and so forth. I rarely say "never" But a major blockbuster going straight to YouTube, where Google would reap the lion's share profits, is NEVER going to happen... unless Google gets into making movies and does it as a stunt.

There is simply too much money that would be lost in eliminating the other distribution channels.

Fan movies may get better, and be entertaining and innovative, but they are like soap box derby cars compared to the blockbuster's Lotus.

Blockbusters can easily cost $200 million or more, but if it's essentially free, you have potentially a billion or more people watching it the first day alone with several repeats if it's a good movie. The mandatory commercial or two could earn them a buck or two per viewing.

Those who insist on seeing it on the big screen will be able to do so if they wish. I know I would. They also have the potential to make more money with DVD/Blu-ray and merchandising.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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You must live in a pirate free world.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:56 PM
 
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You must live in a pirate free world.
What's the point of piracy when you can watch the movie for free? The studios will make money with banner ads, AdSense links and limited commercials.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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You must live in a pirate free world.
There are tons of feature movies on YouTube that can be watched by anyone right now, is that pirating?
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