How Much Would You Pay to Skip the Theater and Stream a New Movie?

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I use the app JustWatch to find where to stream movies online. Last week, a survey question popped up while I was trying to find a movie. This has never happened. It asked: “Would you rent a movie for $17.99 that was planned to be released but is now released directly online?”

My answer was “No”, but it got me wondering what, if any, my price would be.

So my question for you today is: How much would you pay to watch a new movie from the comfort of your home instead of going to the cinema to see it?


I don’t want the theater experience to go away, so this is a tricky question. But since I’m lucky to go to the theater once a month, I have to admit I would probably stream some movies if the price was right.

So what’s my price?

It sure as hell isn’t 18 bucks. If I’m watching it at home, there’s no cost to rent and maintain a giant theater and its staff. I would think the price would be lower than a ticket at the box office. Maybe $7.50? I can’t imagine I would go much higher than that. And for a lot of films, especially genre movies, I would rather pay more for a ticket and see it on the big screen.

What I do know is that almost 18 bucks is way too fucking high.


So what about you, folks? What are you willing to pay to skip the theater and watch new movies at home? 

Tell us in the comments and I’ll see you in the trenches.

Author: Billy Dhalgren

“A man writes because he is tormented, because he doubts.” -Andrei Tarkovsky