LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big-name Hollywood action flick directors including James Cameron and Michael Bay are slamming a plan by studios to make new release movies available to rent in homes just two months after debuting in theaters.

They slammed the offering, being made available starting Thursday to DirecTV subscribers for $30, because it could cannibalize movie ticket sales at a time theater owners are upgrading movie houses with new digital and 3-D equipment.

The directors signed an open letter saying the new offering could “irrevocably harm” the film industry and lead to more theater closings.

Studios are struggling to offset the steady decline in DVD sales.

The first movie available Thursday is Sony’s “Just Go with It,” a comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.

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Comments (5)
  1. Karen says:

    I am not a director but I too completely oppose this idea. I like watching movies on the big screen and if they are offered on DVD/video 2 months after release, that will KILL the theatrical window.

  2. Karen says:

    What the studios NEED to do is MAKE BETTER MOVIES.

    DVD sales are low because the movies are not exactly great.

    The King’s Speech is the last GOOD film I’ve seen and that was not exactly released in the past 2 weeks.

    If the studios made BETTER MOVIES, they would MAKE MORE MONEY.

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