I am one of your biggest fans. I pay to go to the movies each and every week, sometimes more than once. I pay to stream movies at home and I buy DVDs. I am very diligent in the run up to the BAFTAs and the Oscars and I make sure I see everything by whatever means at my disposal, cinema, DVD purchase and streaming. This means that the first two months of each year are full on for me and my movie-going pal so that we see everything that’s nominated. That’s how much we care about you, Oscar.
And how do you repay us?
You don’t stream it live from either your own website or from ABC. How MEAN is that? I am fully invested in your industry and I can’t get the one reward which, frankly, you owe me after my annual outlay, effort, commitment and loyalty.
I do not own a television and therefore I don’t subscribe to Sky. I did subscribe to SkyGo last year specifically for the purpose of watching the Oscars but that wasn’t streamed live either unless you own a TV set. I did pay last night to subscribe to Satellite Direct as that promised me live streaming access to The Oscars, but that didn’t work either. Money down the drain and middle-of-the-night frustration and disappointment.
Oscar, is this how you want us dedicated movie fans to feel? What is more important than the movie-goer, the end user?
I’ve written about this before. It’s mean and what’s worse – you are missing out on (a) an additional revenue stream because I would pay up to $25 dollars for the one-time viewing privilege and (b) goodwill. You are p****** off your audience and most loyal and engaged fans.
As I said in my previous posting on this precise topic, when are you Entertainment Giants going to get your ducks in a row here? And a quick whip round the world wide web will demonstrate that there is a ravening demand for this, from people who prefer to use their laptops, iPads and iPhones increasinging as their entertainment gadget of choice, which you are not meeting. You are failing your customers. I have not failed you. Please redress the balance before next year.