New Universal Movies Will Come to iTunes and Other Online Platforms Just 17 Days After Theatrical Release

Future movies from Universal Pictures will come to online platforms like iTunes and Apple TV just 17 days after a theatrical release following a deal between Universal and AMC Theaters, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Under the terms of the deal, the theatrical window for new movies will be shortened to 17 days from the current 75 days, so viewers will be able to watch new titles online as soon as 2.5 weeks after they first appear in theaters.

During the pandemic, Universal had been experimenting with offering movies online while they're still in theaters, which AMC was not happy with. Universal's digital release of "Trolls World Tour" in the early months of the coronavirus was a success, earning more than $100 million in three weeks, and spurring the company to further experiment with digital releases.

Movie theaters have been closed, but AMC said that if Universal released new movies direct to digital platforms, it would not show new Universal releases. With the new 17-day theatrical release window, however, the dispute between the two companies has been settled.

According to The Wall Street Journal, this deal for shorter theatrical releases between AMC and Universal Pictures could put pressure on rivals of both companies to establish similar online release timelines.

AMC Chief Executive Adam Aron said that AMC will have an opportunity to generate additional revenue by offering new Universal films on its AMC Theaters on Demand platform. New Universal titles will also be released on digital platforms like ‌Apple TV‌ and Amazon.

While theaters are shut down due to the coronavirus, movie studios have been delaying releases. "Tenet," "The Quiet Place 2," "Mulan," and countless other titles have seen continual delays. Some other movies have been released directly online, which more studios may be forced to do if the movie theater shutdowns continue.

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Top Rated Comments

Agent OrangeZ Avatar
33 months ago

I like the idea of quick release movies. What i don’t like is the price tag of $20+ dollars. In my opinion, that is too expensive.
So the $8 drinks and $10 popcorn at the theater is OK with you though? $20 is a steal if you have a large family at home!
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WiseAJ Avatar
33 months ago

I like the idea of quick release movies. What i don’t like is the price tag of $20+ dollars. In my opinion, that is too expensive.
I don't like having the $20 price tag to only rent it and not have the option to buy it.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
triangletechie Avatar
33 months ago
I still like seeing movies on the big screen. But if all theaters banned cell phones, I'd go even more.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
33 months ago
I like the idea of quick release movies. What i don’t like is the price tag of $20+ dollars. In my opinion, that is too expensive.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Corsig Avatar
33 months ago
We have six kids. Between the tickets and the food a movie costs me a fortune. $20 to watch a new movie at home? Yes please!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Blackstick Avatar
33 months ago
Hope they never go back to the old way!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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