You don't really want to put off seeing award winning movies because you may miss the window to see it in a timely manner. Consider this story that describes the life cycle of a movie. Yikes!
"Life Cycle of Hollywood Movies
Written by D. Eric Franks
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Farhad Manjoo has a great analysis of the Life Cycle of a Hollywood movie in the context of modern digital Video-On-Demand services (or the lack thereof) over at Slate. I can summarize the timeline like this:
Release to Theaters
+3 Months to DVD (sales, rental)
+3 Months on VoD/Pay-Per-View services (hotels, cable, etc.)
+6 Months on Premium services (HBO, Starz, etc.)
+7 Years on broadcast television (TNT, USA, etc.)
So where do iTunes and Netflix and all other future VoD broadband services fit in? Well, there's the fundamental problem: trying to fit new technology into an old system. With DVD it was easy: pop it in the same place on the timeline where VHS fit. Yes, DVD release has evolved as it became more popular than VHS ever was and the "To DVD" date of physical media distribution has bumped up from about a year to three months, but it's just the same thing on a shorter timescale.
It turns out iTunes/PS3 Network are really being treated as just another Pay-Per-View service: they get movies +3 months after release, coinciding with other Pay-Per-View services. And, just like other Pay-Per-View services, the movies show up on the list for a few months and then disappear. And, just like other Pay-Per-View services, when you rent a newish movie, you have to watch it right away (more or less) - it can't sit on your hard disk forever until you watch it (at least as a rental).
This also explains why the permanent VoD broadband libraries are basically so lame, at least in terms of their newish catalog. Any movie that might be anywhere on the Old School Movie Lifecycle timeline will not be in Netflix Watch Now library. That means we won't see the new Star Trek movie on any VoD service for seven or more years (with a brief showing at the 3-6 month mark as a pay-per-view movie). Now, considering how fast the technology changed (yes, past-tense - this revolution is over from a technical standpoint), seven years is a long time. So don't blame Apple, Netflix and Sony for having crappy VoD libraries: blame the lawyers and the studios."
Let's go the movies and pop out for some popcorn.
Zero Dark Thirty -- this is the story that the Department of Defense doesn't want you to see. It is revealing and probably truthful about the pursuit of Osama bin Laden. Billed as the story you think you know. Oh no.
Promised Land -- Drilling not thrilling, America at the crossroads. Could be anywhere in PA, OH, NY, WV...Marcellus shale country
Some generations have seen this one again and again, only now there is more technology the likes that Micky Cohen never dreamed.
You can't see the trailer now because Warner Brothers says no dice.
A Haunted House -- Young couple move into a spooky house. Has Hollywood run out of ideas?
The Baytown Outlaws -- Rednecks are us. Let's watch TV where they drive trucks.
Say good night Gracy.