Catch an International Flight, Watch the Movie

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by Tim Formas, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. Tim Formas

    Tim Formas Old Man Administrator

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    On a slow news day (thus far), here's a fun little piece of news. American Airlines will be airing the Transformers movie on select flights to certain countires in November. If you're traveling international in November, a least you'll have a little something to keep 2.5 hours occupied.

    To Brazil (Boeing 777 aircraft only)
    To Central and South America (Boeing 777 aircraft only
    To China
    To Germany & Switzerland (Boeing 777 aircraft only)
    To India
    To Japan
    To the United Kingdom (Boeing 777 aircraft only)
     
  2. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    I like how the flight from India has Bollywood movies mixed in with the Hollywood ones.
     
  3. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    sounds like slow news week alright, but kudos for actually finding this info.
     
  4. DilaZirK

    DilaZirK Is bullheaded.

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    Tch, I was wondering why Die Hard 4 was playing on my flight, but not Transformers.
     
  5. Rabbit

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    So, how does this affect this financial figures for the movie? That is to say, when they total up all the money this juggernaut has made so far, where do airline showings fit it? Do the airlines pay for the movie in a big chunk up front to the studio or do people have to pay individually from their seats?

    Just wonderin'
     
  6. Tim Formas

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    I'm assuming it doesn't raise the gross, as far as theatre sales go. Most of the movies featured on the airline are either out on DVD (as TF will be) or out very soon after. I'm assuming they pay one big lump sum to have the rights to this movie to show on the airlines. I don't know if it's still the case, but I believe movie rental stores used to pay something like $100 for each copy of a movie for use in their store. (If anyone remembers the old TV guide format, their "Coming out on video" section used to feature prices like this). If video stores still do this, I wonder if that's how AA is being charged. X dollars for every copy of the movie they want.
     
  7. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Yay! too bad,I'm not flying yet.
     
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    Otispq Elocution Onymous

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    By november, anybody who wants to watch Transformers will already have their own copy, and who doesn't own a portable dvd player nowadays? or Ipod, or Smartphone, or anything else that would play it. I fly maybe 5 times a year, but I don't see hardly anybody paying money for an in flight film, don't even know why the airlines still bother.
     
  9. airfox

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    What about flying to the U.S. on AA, seeing the movie on the plane (when I went to Botcon, the in-flight movie was included in the ticket ... that's pretty much the case for international flights), then buying the DVD in the U.S. because it won't be available everywhere in the world in October?

    Sounds like a plan. :) 

    -airfox
     
  10. David Hingtgen

    David Hingtgen Chromaticon

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    Movies on planes are typically DVD's with their own region----region 8 (also the region on cruise ships). So it doesn't count for tickets/gross.
     
  11. Hollywood Hoist

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    True video stores would pay between $70-90 for VHS back in the day, actually up until the death of VHS. DVD is considered a sell-through product and able to be purchased by anyone on the day of release, some vhs were also released using this same strategy. If I remember correctly E.T. was the first VHS available to buy at a reasonable price and that was through McDonalds.
     
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    I'm going to India in January. Too bad it will probably be gone by then -- it's going to be a LOOOOOONG flight.
     

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