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April 1, 2012

The Death of Film Pt I

by Howard Suber

The biblical book of Ecclesiastes famously declares there is “nothing new under the sun,” and for most of human history, including our own time, that has been generally true. The one great, ever-increasing, and ever-more-important area of life in which this is not true is technology.

However, where there is the most creation there is also the most death. The faster new technologies are created, the faster older technologies die.

We are living through a historic period in film history. Film, the medium that has been used as a recording and distribution medium for 110 years, is right now going the way of wax cylinders, vinyl and wire recordings, black and white television, audio and video tape, laser discs, and other forms of recording media.

The article linked below deals with the death of film as a medium of distribution and, the article predicts, a thousand existing theaters in the U.S. will not be able to afford to convert from film to digital.         

Fox has announced that they will stop distributing their product as a film in “a year or two”  and even NATO (National Theater Owners Association) is advising its members to “Convert or die.” When a door opens, a window closes.

Copyright (c) 2012 Howard Suber

http://www.indiewire.com/article/were-about-to-lose-1-000-small-theaters-that-cant-convert-to-digital-does-it-matter?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Indiewire%20Today&utm_content=

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