Like the current state of film exhibition, studios and networks were looking for a way to offer films on demand to their audiences. VHS tapes and LaserDiscs were the Netflix and Amazon Instant Video of its time, giving viewers the option to rent and buy films and watch them at home in their respective players at their leisure. And now, the “home theater” is becoming the “individual theater,” with movies and TV shows available to be viewed by just one viewer on their computers or smartphones. These changes in exhibition pose many questions about the future of cinema.
What effect do all of these different ways of watching films have on audiences? Will filmmaking ultimately change based on the way it will be exhibited, especially if the majority of viewers are watching movies meant for a large screen on their phones or computer screens?