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Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the i-see-what-you-did-there dept.

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BussyB writes "Gaining entry to some movie theaters lately gives patrons an experience that is on par with going through a TSA security checkpoint at the airport. Then once you've gained access, there are cameras strategically positioned that record your every move. Unfortunately, the extent to which these companies monitor movie-goers is only going to get worse."

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Heh (1, Funny)

Kireas (1784888) | more than 3 years ago | (#34109934)

In Soviet Russia...

Re:Heh (3, Interesting)

Seriousity (1441391) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110052)

My initial thought is that they're recording peoples' responses to product placement / subliminal advertising, in an attempt to gauge the effectiveness thereof.

Did anyone else catch the giant cigarette advertisement in the last James Bond? It was right after he had sex with the blonde, what a hero.

Re:Heh (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110180)

Your initial thought is dumb. It's quite clearly to stop people recording movies.

Re:Heh (5, Funny)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110334)

see also:
Girl to Bond: "Nice watch".
Bond: "Omega"
Girl: (breathes) "...beautiful"

In the UK, film critic Mark Kermode let a successful campaign to have audiences shout "KERCHING!" at this point when watching the film. More of this kind of thing is required.

Re:Heh (1)

JackieBrown (987087) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110446)

In the UK, film critic Mark Kermode let a successful campaign to have audiences shout "KERCHING!" at this point when watching the film. More of this kind of thing is required.

Does Mark lead a campaign whenever a movie has characters drinking or using other drugs? Cigarettes are the easy bad to pick. As an ex-smoke, I do admit they are bad and stupid. The attacks on it, though, are disproportionate to the other drugs out there.

Re:Heh (4, Interesting)

DarkDust (239124) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110214)

Almost, now it's: "In Corporate America, movie watches you" :-) I'm not from the US so I can't tell how bad it is, but one can get the impression that the level of surveillance is even worse than during the cold war... but most surveillance seems not to be done by the government any more but by corporations.

Re:Heh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110404)

but most surveillance seems not to be done by the government any more but by corporations.

Different fist, same bully.

Re:Heh (5, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110230)

Well, I don't fly because of the TSA, I guess the movie theater owners down't want my money any more than the airline industry.

Stupid cowardly people...

Re:Heh (4, Funny)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110270)

Yo dawg, we heard you like to watch movies, so we put you in a movie so you can watch yourself watching a movie while you watch a movie!

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (3, Interesting)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34109952)

Only, this time it's "Who watches the watchers?"

Re:Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (3, Funny)

crovira (10242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110020)

"If you stare into the Abyss long enough the Abyss stares back at you." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Re:Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110312)

Who watches the watchers watching the watchers ...

even more reason to wait for the dvd (5, Insightful)

DynamoJoe (879038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34109954)

On the upside, Hollywood keeps turning out crap so I feel like I'm not missing much by waiting for the movie to come out on video.

Re:even more reason to wait for the bluray-iso (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110104)

Fixed.

Re:even more reason to wait for the dvd (2, Funny)

Himring (646324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110132)

This'll just make me stop going to the movie theater, cuz if I feel like they're watching me pour rum into my diet coke, in order to tolerate their bad movies, then I just ain't goin. And I'm pretty sure the flare from my pipe will be picked up by these cameras too....

Re:even more reason to wait for the dvd (1)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110220)

I know what you mean. Forget modern movies - if you want to see a well-made classic, try "Dirty Dancing". Pinnacle of movie making.

Re:even more reason to wait for the dvd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110322)

Dirty Dancing is still a lot better than any romantic movie that came out of Hollywood in the last 2 years.

Re:even more reason to wait for the dvd (4, Interesting)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110236)

My wife and i started to go to drive-in when my daughter was born and while the quality isn't super duper imax 3D, there's nothing quite like laying on the hood of my car and sipping a beer or laying out on blanket with a radio besides us. Next summer, we're picking up a portable grill to get a little tailgating action going on. Honestly, I see no reason to go back to the traditional theaters. The experience is just too miserable for the money plus, we're guaranteed to see our drive-in movie in 2D which for me is worth the price of admission (I get headaches after awhile, plus the 3D glasses never fit right over my own glasses - chafing the shit out of my nose)

Re:even more reason to wait for the dvd (0, Troll)

Kozz (7764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110440)

On the upside, Hollywood keeps turning out crap so I feel like I'm not missing much by waiting for the movie to come out on video so I can torrent it.

FTFY.

The bigger problem (5, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34109968)

The bigger problem we're facing with corporate practices like this is that, when the revolution comes, we won't have a wall big enough to put all these marketing departments against. We should really start to prioritize who will be first, and who goes second, third, etc.

Re:The bigger problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110102)

So it's time to start building a bigger wall.

Re:The bigger problem (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110198)

So it's time to start building a bigger wall.

They have one in China. They had a revolution too.

Re:The bigger problem (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110190)

The bigger problem we're facing with corporate practices like this is that, when the revolution comes, we won't have a wall big enough to put all these marketing departments against. We should really start to prioritize who will be first, and who goes second, third, etc.

There's an app for that. Unfortunately, it's patented.

Re:The bigger problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110362)

etc.

There's an app for that. Unfortunately, it's patented.

There's an app for that. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to the marketing claims.

(There you go. Fixed that for you.)

Re:The bigger problem (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110232)

The bigger problem we're facing with corporate practices like this is that, when the revolution comes, we won't have a wall big enough to put all these marketing departments against.

No, the biggest problem is that you will be so heavily monitored by both corporate and government interests (often using the same gear) that you could never hope to get a revolution off the ground.

You can't revolt against Bog Brother, because they watch your every move. Welcome to the dystopian future of a full-time surveillance society which doesn't have any real freedoms.

However, I figure some really good culture jamming could come into play here -- like an entire audience mooning the screen at a pre-determined point. ;-) Of course, they'll have you on video and will have fingerprinted you before you come into the theater, so, they'll just send you a ticket and charge it to the credit card you used to pay for your ticket -- they'll have tracked that too.

Re:The bigger problem (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110292)

You can't revolt against Bog Brother

Bog Brother: Swamp Thing's lesser known brother.

Re:The bigger problem (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110318)

Bog Brother: Swamp Thing's lesser known brother.

Oh god, I can't believe I made that typo. That's freakin' hilarious.

Or, maybe it's like that Senator in the mens room at the airport? ;-)

Re:The bigger problem (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110388)

The Bikini Atoll would be a large enough wall. Let's ship them there.

"Only way to be sure..." and all that.

Re:The bigger problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110398)

"we won't have a wall big enough to put all these marketing departments against."

Two words: Cage match.

so what!? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34109970)

If people are stupid enough to accept it then they deserve no better. The only acceptable backlash would be for the company who had that idea to go bankrupt but this won't happen.....

This is not like boycotting the government, boycotting a private company is simple but it is not convenient.

Think of the positives! (4, Funny)

happy_place (632005) | more than 3 years ago | (#34109974)

Hey, this can't be all bad... With video feedback, perhaps movie professionals could automate audience reactions to various scenes, and systematically improve their movie products. Also murders within theaters could go down... and when the couples in the corner start making out, maybe the theater employees would grab some popcorn and get a good show. See? It's not all bad... being watched all the time. Ahem.

Re:Think of the positives! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110188)

"With video feedback, perhaps movie professionals could automate audience reactions to various scenes, and systematically improve their movie products"

You mean all those annoying teens texting on their cells and lighting up the room will be hunted down and exterminated?

Uh...what? (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34109998)

Things tend to be locked down fairly tight around here (Montgomery County, MD)...but I've NEVER encountered anything like this while going to the movies. Sure, I've seen people walk in during opening night to make sure no one is taping the damn thing, but you don't have to go through a security checkpoint or any of that nonsense.

Has anyone?

Re:Uh...what? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110054)

I had a man pat me down and perform a full cavity search, but theater management called the police and had him escorted out. Does that count?

Re:Uh...what? (1)

ZenDragon (1205104) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110142)

The theaters around here are usually guarded by some pimply faced 16 year old, or some special needs individual. I've had the kids get all guardian of the gate on me when I tried to bring a drink that I hadn't finished from the place I just ate at, but otherwise its never been an ordeal. Although I've caught a couple advanced screenings and they are definitely a little more protective there, understandably. Although, early or not the quality of those recorded videos is never worth the couple hours they take to download.

Anyhow, if they want to stick cameras in the theaters to gauge my reactions, they will certainly get one! My middle finger!

Re:Uh...what? (4, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110248)

Just a couple of days ago I was watching a movie, and an attendant came in with what must have been a night vision camera and scanned the room with it :/

Re:Uh...what? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110268)

Things tend to be locked down fairly tight around here (Montgomery County, MD)...but I've NEVER encountered anything like this while going to the movies. Sure, I've seen people walk in during opening night to make sure no one is taping the damn thing, but you don't have to go through a security checkpoint or any of that nonsense.

Has anyone?

At a recent Tron preview, a friend said they had to fork over all recording devices and cell phones into a coat-check room.

Re:Uh...what? (1)

KarrdeSW (996917) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110344)

Prince George's County here, and I'm pretty sure I could be robbed at gunpoint in my local theater without ever seeing an employee, much less security.

Fourth wall (1)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110000)

The people watching the movie...are the movie. It's reality TV, taken to the next level. How many seats will the fat guy in Row 7 take? The tall guy in Row 4...will the 11-year-old in Row 5 be able to see over his head? What about the teenagers in the back...will they make it to second base? Is the projectionist smoking weed? It's a totally new, totally immersive film experience, connecting with the audience on an entirely new level. It's just like being there. Because, well, you are there.

Monitor which ads get the best reaction? (5, Funny)

amaiman (103647) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110002)

From the article: "Within the cinema industry this tool will feed powerful marketing data that will inform film directors, cinema advertisers and cinemas with useful data about what audiences enjoy and what adverts capture the most attention"

Hint: We don't enjoy the adverts, especially after paying almost $12 for a ticket. Perhaps if the whole audience gives the camera the finger through all of the ads, they will get the message? :-)

That won't be on the evaluation form. (5, Interesting)

crovira (10242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110100)

Marketing surveys suffer from remarkably selective attention; sort of like asking "When did you stop beating your wife?" reveals a certain prejudice.

Instead of noticing that we loathe any and all of the ads, they are going to ask: "Which one did you enjoy the most?"

This assumes that we enjoyed any of the ads.

We don't, but that's not what they're measuring is it...

Re:That won't be on the evaluation form. (4, Insightful)

quacking duck (607555) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110174)

Instead of noticing that we loathe any and all of the ads, they are going to ask: "Which one did you enjoy the most?"

This assumes that we enjoyed any of the ads.

We don't, but that's not what they're measuring is it...

Elections usually run on the same principle. Why should marketing surveys be any different?

Re:That won't be on the evaluation form. (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110288)

"When did you stop beating your wife?"
I have never beaten my wife.

"Which of these adverts did you enjoy the most?"
I did not enjoy any of the adverts.

Whoa, really had me on the ropes with that one!

Re:Monitor which ads get the best reaction? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110170)

You're giving logic to people who have none...
Their reaction...

"These people look like they want to buy gloves!"

We really should just start killing marketing and ad people... They are fucking up the planet.

Good for them i'm too lazy.

Re:Monitor which ads get the best reaction? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110434)

They don't care about your enjoyment that much. It would be bizarre if they did. All they care about is that you enjoy them sufficiently that they make more money than they lose through putting people off going to the cinema.

What are they looking for? (1)

grahamm (8844) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110004)

Are they looking for people dropping litter, those with large hats blocking the view from those behind them. Or maybe they are just voyeuristic and want to watch the activities of couples in the back row.

Re:What are they looking for? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110030)

If you read the fucking article, they are infra red cameras looking for recording devices so they can catch bootleggers.

Re:What are they looking for? (2, Funny)

Oidhche (1244906) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110112)

They're going to show 2girls1cup and record viewers reactions, then make a new movie from that footage.

Re:What are they looking for? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110372)

The cinema is actually the only place that I'm happy to leave litter.. I know people are going to come and clean up the place anyway, so why not leave my empty bottle there? Just like I don't clean my own dishes from the table at a restaurant.

Considering the price of cinema tickets, they should also have sanitised adapters at every seat where you can relieve yourself so as to not miss anything. Maybe I should get two in one and just use my drinks receptacle next time.

Those bastards (2, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110008)

We'll send to JAIL those criminal masterminds who bring their own chocolate to the theater!!!

Re:Those bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110072)

I live in South Korea, and I could bring a goddamned steak dinner into the theatre if I damn well felt like it. 'course, I'd have to pick a good seat, so I could have some elbow room while I ate - not a problem, 'cause seating is assigned, instead of standing in line for half an hour like a chump.

Matinees are four bucks. Even 3D features are thirteen bucks. A large popcorn and a drink is like five or seven bucks. Stay away from the nachos, though - I think they're not too popular here, 'cause they're usually stale.

Piracy is so widespread in the ROK that theatres are doing their best to court viewers. Can't help but feel that movies here are a little more civilized than the ones back home.

Just wrong (5, Insightful)

symes (835608) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110024)

This is a gross invasion of privacy - I would expect to be informed of any recording at the time I purchase the ticket, who was making the recording and to what purpose they were being used. I would also expect that I could opt out at that time and at any time in the future without penalty. If the only choice I have is to no longer visit cinemas, then so be it. Either that or I might have to find a certain mask [forbiddenplanet.co.uk] to wear.

Re:Just wrong (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110114)

where do you buy your groceries? I haven't been in a grocery store without cameras for decades. Where do you buy your gas? Get your prescriptions filled?

Re:Just wrong (3, Insightful)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110262)

There are typically signs that say that there are cameras. Indeed, in the Wallgreens down the road, there is a TV monitor facing the doors as you walk in just to say "Yes, if you shoplift, we've got tape"

This? This isn't about shoplifting. There are also no signs or any indication that this is going on.

That's the difference.

--
BMO

Re:Just wrong (1)

viking099 (70446) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110264)

Grocery stores and gas stations both have products that are easy to steal and difficult to catch without video proof.

What is there to steal at a movie theater? The seats? More than your share of the large soda and popcorn?

Sure, there is some risk of someone capturing a "screener" of the movie, but IMO that's not worth the loss of customer goodwill that is already strained with sub-par feature films, expensive ticket prices, even more expensive refreshments, and spotty disciplining of bad behaviour.

I can only hope I remember to remind my kids of this newest loss of privacy when they start dating in a few years.

Re:Just wrong (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110408)

Indie theaters is where it's at.

Fresh baked goods. Good coffee. Couches. No fucking cameras.

--
BMO

Re:Just wrong, wear a mask? (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110368)

Well if the movie was "Rocky Horror" then the audience wearing masks would be expected!

No problem ! (1)

aepervius (535155) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110026)

I will then just stop going in movie theater. DVD comes anyway sooner and sooner after the theatrical show, and it is now much better with friends to be together at a home with a big screen for a movie evenning.

Nothing kney; In 1995... (4, Interesting)

netsavior (627338) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110040)

In 1995 I had a summer job as an employee of Buena Vista (the company that releases Disney's major animated pictures). My job? Auditing movie theaters by counting the people attending and comparing to the ticket sales, ensuring that during the screening, nobody was taking pictures or using other recording devices (if they were, we had an off duty police officer on site working security).

The buena vista hit squad (as we called ourselves) was nothing new when I joined up.

Fast forward to my weekend job as second shift manager of a movie theater while I was in college (1999) we had 2 "crowd cameras" at every screen, you could see the entire audience the whole time the movie was going, we used it to bust people who decided that the movie theater was an apropriate place to have sex (including some employees after hours *eyeroll*).

Re:Nothing kney; In 1995... (2, Insightful)

Coward Anonymous (110649) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110216)

There is a huge difference. You didn't digitally record the audience for all posterity. The information on those screenings is lost forever.The recordings from this company's product will be kept forever.

Who pays 11+ USD to go to a cinema? (-1, Flamebait)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110046)

Who goes to a cinema anymore, other than tweens and sheeple who've already given up their privacy on Facebook ?

Re:Who pays 11+ USD to go to a cinema? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110224)

The same people that post useless, pseudo-offtopic posts on slashdot to whine about tweens and Facebook and to drop in the word 'sheeple' to make themselves feel superior.

Re:Who pays 11+ USD to go to a cinema? (2, Informative)

cindyann (1916572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110278)

Who goes to a cinema anymore?

My wife and I do.

The last time we went was three weeks ago -- tickets were $8 each. The theater we went to serves beer, and they had a special on one of them -- I guess they were trying to finish off the keg -- $2 for a beer.

Went again two weeks ago, no special on the beer, so that was $5 this time, but tickets were still $8.

Yeah, we could wait for the DVD, but by the time it's out on DVD I've probably already forgotten about it. Getting out of the house can be a good thing -- it's definitely an impulse thing.

who needs movie theaters with +42" TVs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110068)

What's the point of being in a crowded room watching a movie, buying overpriced beer and popcorn and not having privacy to really make out.

That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (5, Informative)

Stu101 (1031686) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110094)

I know price has already been mentioned but my wife and I went to the cinema last week. Everywhere signs about the right of the cinema to search bags etc. That was bad enough, but once we had been vetted for snacks, we purchased some. By the time we had some snacks (Nachos, popcorn and 2 colas), and the cinema tickets, we had spent about $70.

I think in future, I will just stay home. Treated like crap and ripped off, and now VIDEOD like a common thief. No thanks. It's almost like they are trying to make me pirate stuff so they can sue me ;)

Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (1)

twoshortplanks (124523) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110148)

I'm curious. If they put up a sign that says they have the right to search your bag, do they actually have that right?

Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110284)

I'm curious. If they put up a sign that says they have the right to search your bag, do they actually have that right?

It's private property with an absurd EULA. In all likelihood, they do.

Welcome to a world where the rights of copyright holders place them on par with law enforcement. Did you miss the memo?

Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (3, Interesting)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110352)

Not necessarily. I can put up a sign in my shop saying I have the right to punch you in the face, but I'd get arrested if I did it...

Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110416)

Not necessarily. I can put up a sign in my shop saying I have the right to punch you in the face, but I'd get arrested if I did it...

No, but saying that if they continue to stay on the premises after they've read the sign and had an opportunity to ponder it means that they've accepted the terms of the contract. Then you punch them in the face. ;-)

According to them (and I really have no idea of what case law in most places says about this) if you choose to stay on the premises, you are subject to search. If you refuse search, they'll ask you to leave, likely with no refund.

You can't stay and refuse to be searched.

Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (-1, Troll)

hummassa (157160) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110474)

Last time a guy said that he had the right to search my bag, I said "I am a police officer, and I am off-duty. There is no law giving you the right to search my bag. I do, altough, have a S&W .38 police special in my bag and if I unzip my bag, I _will_ take it off and shoot you three times in the chest, and I'll write in my report that you tried to rob my gun; do you want to try?" answer: "no, sir, have a nice movie".

Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110168)

I feel the same way. Except, Hollywood doesn't make anything worth the effort to pirate. The last movie I went to see in the theaters was LOTR: Return of the King. I may go to the theater for the Hobbit (but unless my wife makes a big deal about going to the theater, I will wait for it to come out on DVD)

Re:That AND the cost. I'll stay at home thanks (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110238)

If you're buying all the extra snacks you have nobody to blame but yourself for the reason you spent so much to go to the theater! Have dinner before the movie, or something. Now it should cost (hopefully) only $20 at most for two people. Problem solved.

Seriously? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110108)

Did we need yet another reason not to go to movie theaters?

Luckily demonoid.com is having open sign-ups right now.

Head on over folks and give Hollywood the finger by never again paying for the shit those gay jews churn out.

can't keep making excuses for poor sales (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110122)

the executives trying to use crap like this as an excuse as to why there are poor sales are some day going to have to come to terms with the fact that their product sucks. Want to improve sales? Here is a guaranteed money maker, "End movie ads before the movie". The movie theater I go to did and now that is the only one I go to. Improve your product and quit making excuses.

don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110178)

I don't understand why theatres would waste so much money on such things? A few security cameras, sure, but otherwise what good does it do, and who friggin' cares? Theatre: "We saw you on camera taking too long to decide what kind of overpriced candy to buy, what are you up to?" Me: "Kiss my ass."

Yawn (1)

Mephistophocles (930357) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110258)

Yes, yes, it's a gross invasion of privacy, an outrage, etc etc. I haven't been to a theatre in 10 years. Let's see - $12 to see a shitty excuse of a film with plotline/effects that I've seen 300 times already, acting so bad that it defies belief, an endless bombardment of mind-numbing, insulting advertising, and snacks and concessions marked up over 1000% - not my idea of a good time. I'd rather be slowly tortured to death, actually. And what's the point, really? Assuming I even want to see the film (legally), blue-ray on a high-def surround system (in my own house, where I assure you the cameras monitor only what I want them to monitor) is just as good. Seriously, folks - screw these assholes. If you're going to see a movie in a theatre, you're bending over, spreading them, and begging for it. Don't whine when the bastards take advantage of the situation.

Great Way To Kill Movie Theaters (1)

assertation (1255714) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110274)

Poor quality movies, high ticket prices, home theaters and television commercials shown in the theater have been killing movie theaters. Now they want to spy on you too. Another nail in the coffin.

They need to ask themselves, if they were a patron, what would be their motivation to go to a movie versus staying home.

Re:Great Way To Kill Movie Theaters (2, Interesting)

alcourt (198386) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110406)

You forgot the theater's refusal to ever set the volume to an appropriate level. Proper sound levels doesn't have a screen whisper so loud that I'm wincing because it is above my comfortable threshold for volume. I gave up on theaters years ago. I don't have a huge screen, but I have a more comfortable chair, I have a sound system that I can set to the right volume, and I can pause if someone needs to get up for any reason.

There are more important things to me than a screen that is so large I can't see completely.

Re:Great Way To Kill Movie Theaters (1)

assertation (1255714) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110442)

Word.

I might go to a mainstream theater once a year for a super special movie like an Avatar or some other huge movie event.

Otherwise it is alternative movie theaters or DVDs at home for me.

Miscategorized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110276)

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all this to stop "The Hussleman" (2, Interesting)

Enrique1218 (603187) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110282)

You know those post-recorded movies with the camera really suck. It does not replace sitting in a theater or or renting the DVD three months later. I think the cinemas problems is not the Hussleman video taping in the theater but the shitty movies Hollywood gives you to present. They may not want to discourage moviegoers any more than Hollywood has.

Who cares? (3, Interesting)

realmolo (574068) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110316)

Literally NONE of my friends go to the movies anymore. They all have Netflix accounts and Blu-Ray players and big screens.

Movie theaters will essentially disappear within 10 years. I would say it's their own damn fault, but really, they simply had no chance once home theater technology got good enough and cheap enough.

What, you mean Microsoft Kinect? (1)

bareman (60518) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110320)

I mean, how long can it take before clippy lets us know that we might be in the market for a new couch, or in need of a pizza?

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child porn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34110392)

So once an underage couple gets filmed having sex in a movie, exactly who gets charged for child pornography?

So what? (1)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34110438)

So what? Pretty much every business establishment that you go into is going to be monitoring you with cameras. They own the place, and they can do as they please. I really don't care why they watch, whether it be for security, loss prevention, marketing, or simply to get off on watching hot chicks (though I hope the latter group would get fired for not doing their job). As long as they keep the cameras out of the bathrooms and dressing rooms (which are probably the only places you should have any expectation of privacy in a business establishment) I really don't see what the problem is.

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