Sports fans seek refuge in theaters
posted by Michael Zoldessy on September 26, 2013 at 7:48 am
There’s no shortage of different types of entertainment expanding into theaters these days. But how many significantly lower the price of something you could watch immediately at home? CNBC discussed how theater presentations of pay per view boxing have significantly grown the sport’s fanbase through providing a cheaper alternative to purchasing it at home.
Pay Per View events actually statrted out in movie theaters during the 1960’s and 70’s. Remember those telecasts of the Ali boxing matches, Daytona 500, Opera, etc?? With more cable subscribers “cutting the cord” it’s likley providers like NCM ( Fathomevents.com) will flourish. They don’t even advertise their sell outs of the MET Opera broadcasts. Here in the northeast, Digiplex theaters is positioning itself primarily for pay per view events.
same for bowtie cinemas. I live near an AMC theater. Since their opening in 2006, they used NCM satelitte to beam down live events and the preshow. The projection was a grid like screen (which the imax still uses) before 4k projection was installed, making the image gridless and more sharper.