In 2019, while Music downloads are mostly free, people is ready to pay for Movie downloads.
The Music industry has changed in the past ten years and artists make their work known by distributing it for free. Their revenues come from fans fees, live performances, merchandising, ad endorsements and downloads of live concert videos.
Movie producers maintain theaters as their main source of revenue, but they also cash on HD downloads, at a few dollars each, and TV-rights from Pay-TV broadcasters. TV movie channels have survived due to the high number of people that still find “zapping” as the way to discover what to watch this evening.
With set-top-boxes powered by 128 cores CPUs, 250 GB RAM and flash drives of 32 TB, fed by a broadband connection of 8 Gbps, the premium content is now delivered in Ultra-HD at 4320p with 20.2 audio channels and 60 frames per second. HDTV 1080p is the standard quality, except from some lower resolution user-generated-content sites at 720p.
The Immersive Game Consoles just announced promise to deliver a new genre of immersive games, but also immersive movies and immersive communications within a 3D virtual reality environment.
TV shows continue to be ad sponsored, and also available streamed from the Net with the option to download them for only $0.99, free from inserted and overlay ads.
The cash cows for Pay-TV operators are live sport events, broadcasted in HD and Ultra-HD and enriched with interactive features like multiple-angles and “watch-with-friends”. 3D VR immersive live events broadcasts are not available yet, but it will come in the next ten years before 2030.
This post is a fictitious prediction of what could be written about online video and movies in ten years from now. I can not guarantee it will happen but I am ready to take bets of $1.29, $0.99 or $0.69