The majority of cinemas show movies by using high-end projectors, but it was only a matter of time before that changes. Although such projectors have great image, Samsung and Harman wants to replace them with new LED screens that will further improve the image.
Oculus is no longer focusing on internal content production to the same degree. Facebook has decided to shut down the company's Story Studio, meaning Oculus is exiting the virtual reality film production business. It'll focus on supporting external production endeavors.
Hulu is going to add the ability to download movies and TV series in the coming months. Mike Hopkins, Hulu's CEO, confirmed to AdWeek that subscribers will be able to download content for offline viewing. It's a feature the company is focused on and is developing.
A virtual reality experience to go along with Alien: Covenant will be released, says Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that's behind the film. The "dread-inducing" VR experience will let viewers "discover the true meaning of terror" as they navigate environments.
More illegal copies of Deadpool were downloaded in 2016 than for any other movie. TorrentFreak reports the film, which was a box office success at $783 million, came out ahead of Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Star Wars.
Dozens of classic Disney films are being added to Hulu and some will be exclusive to the service. In total, 56 titles from the Disney vault will be added beginning this week. The full roll out is going to take months. Mulan and Pocahontas will both be exclusive.
The Google Play Store has introduced a temporary discount for all movies, including new releases. You can rent any film for $0.99 in the US or 99p in the UK. The discount will stick around until January 23, though you can only apply the deal to one rental during that time.
Movies that are still in theaters may be added to iTunes if Apple can sign deals with major film studios. Apple has reportedly been speaking with Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, and 21st Century Fox about offering rentals for movies as early as two weeks after they hit theaters.
Vudu, which lets people rent/buy movies and TV shows, has been owned by Walmart since 2010. Since the industry is moving significantly in the direction of subscription or ad-supported streaming, Walmart has now expanded Vudu into that area with "Vudu Movies on Us."
As Netflix invests more in original content, it has decided to give its movies a similar treatment to normal film releases by showing them in theaters. Through a partnership with iPic Entertainment, which operates in 15 US markets, Netflix can feature 10 of its films.
Netflix is increasing its focus on original content and with that has come an apparent lack of interest in maintaining or growing its third-party library. Using the uNoGS database crawler, Exstremist found Netflix currently has 5,302 titles in the US.
IBM and 20th Century Fox recently teamed up to create a new trailer for Morgan, a horror-thriller based around artificial intelligence. The interesting part about their partnership is that Watson, IBM's real-life AI, was tasked with picking the scenes for the trailer.
Watching non-VR movies and playing non-VR games inside a virtual reality environment is possible using PlayStation VR's cinema mode, which can place you in front of a 226-inch display. For people who really love big screens, this mode gives you a very large display.
Lucasfilm has revealed its plan to create an immersive virtual reality film about Darth Vader. The movie is ambitious since you can "interact" with the environment and actors by picking things up, opening items, touching the actors, and walking around.
A feature film adaptation of Minecraft will premiere on May 25, 2019. The Warner Bros. film has been in the works for years and development hasn't gone smoothly. Director Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night at the Museum) was in charge of the project, but he ditched it in 2014.
To go along with the Assassin's Creed movie that premieres December 21, Ubisoft will release an Assassin's Creed VR "experience.". The experience isn't a game, but it will let you check out the 15th Century Spain setting used in the movie while strapped into a VR headset.
Movie adaptations of Portal and Half-Life, two popular game series from Valve, are still in the works. JJ Abrams was recently asked by IGN if the collaboration between Valve and Abrams' Bad Robot Studios had gone anywhere. He responded by saying the movies are "in development".
YouTube's original content for its YouTube Red customers will begin coming out next week. Among the movies and TV shows, referred to as YouTube Red Originals, that'll arrive on February 10 are A Trip To Unicorn Island (Lilly Singh) and Lazer Team (Rooster Teeth).
Samsung is going to boost the creation of virtual reality content by opening a VR film studio in New York City. The studio was announced at Sundance and it is going to be based in one of the company's existing offices. Samsung is working with the Sundance Institute.
Legendary Pictures has announced its Warcraft movie is going to get its first trailer on November 6. So far, footage from the movie has only been shown behind closed doors. Along with announcing when the first trailer will come out, Legendary Pictures released a new poster.