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Lakeith Stanfield as William O’Neal and Daniel Kaluuya as Chairman Fred Hampton in Warner Bros Images of Judas and the black Messiah

With theaters still closed across much of North America, the Hollywood studio announced that all of its 2021 – 17 highly anticipated films, including Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Matrix 4, and the sequel to Suicide Squad – will begin streaming the company’s HBO Max service the same day they hit theaters (after a month, the titles will stop streaming and are just available in cinemas)

This throws the traditional 90-day theater window playbook, which specifies how long a movie is only shown in the cinemas before switching to home entertainment, in the dumpster and then sets the dumpster on fire

However, this is great news for moviegoers, many of whom live in areas where theaters are prohibited from operating unless you live here in Canada where HBO Max is not available

Instead, according to a Warner BrosCanada will only get titles like In the Heights and the latest edition of Conjuring in theaters, “along with other territories around the world”

Corey Hawkins as Benny and Leslie Grace as Nina in Warner Bros Pictures in the heights

So, if cinemas remain closed in much of this country – and there is no reason to believe that local authorities could lift restrictions anytime soon, even though there has not been a single reported case of COVID-19 transmission within any country has theaters all over the world – then Canadians only have two options

If, for example, we want to see the upcoming Denzel Washington thriller The Little Things or the lively drama of the Black Panther Party Judas and the Black Messiah or the Sopranos at the same time as our neighbors to the south, we may be violating public health guidelines and get to the nearest jurisdiction that may have theaters or we can pirate the movies, which will likely be available immediately once they reach HBO Max

And no, there are no plans for Warner’s films to migrate to Canadian streaming service Crave the same day they are available on HBO Max

While the Bell Media streamer picked up most of HBO Max’s series and original films, including last week’s Melissa McCarthy rom-com superintelligence and next week’s Meryl Streep comedy Let Them All Talk, it doesn’t automatically get it all

Crave’s HBO Max deal with Warner includes that of Warner Bros produced HBO Max’s original television program, but Warner’s theatrical titles come to Crave in a “pay-TV window that’s part of a separate deal,” according to a Crave rep

Crave has already confirmed that Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, whose Dec. The release of 25 theaters and HBO Max was announced two weeks ago as a test balloon for this new 2021 slate strategy It will only be available for streaming after “its standard cinema window” – i.e. 90 days

“The concurrent window on HBO Max is strictly limited to the US Warner Bros. does not make such a window available in any other area, including Canada,” said a statement by Crave sent to The Globe and Mail “While these films are initially being released in theaters in Canada, they will come to Crave after their standard theatrical windows. Warner Bros. Theater titles coming to Crave in 2021 include Tenet, The Witches, Wonder Woman 1984, The Little Things, and more”

At least that’s reasonably good news for Canadian theater owners who have been desperately looking for new content to fill their screens since the pandemic, but this assumes that theaters can reopen their doors on a large scale in the near future and that Canadians are over piracy (Cineplex, the country’s largest exhibitor, couldn’t comment on the situation immediately on Thursday)

While it is tempting to blame the pandemic for this mess, that would be too easy

The company’s parent company, AT&T, hasn’t exactly proven itself to be a proponent of the theatrical model since it acquired Warner in 2018 and is now effectively sacrificing billions in box office revenues and the health of cinemas across North America based their answer on Netflix and Disney / p>
In other words, making films for theater is now a secondary concern to inflating the streaming base. And while Warner insists that this is a decision only for 2021, who are you kidding? The gates are open now and it is only a matter of time before other studios follow suit.COVID-19 offers good coverage, but with AT&T’s drive to take over streaming, it will be consumers and theater owners who will be the raw end of the deal reach

After all, it wasn’t too long ago that moviegoers had no reason to know or care about which studios were releasing which films. We just showed up at the multiplex. Now audiences – especially outside of the US – have to become amateur scholars who be familiar with proprietary streaming rights. But that’s the magic of movies, isn’t it?

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