Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday January 31, 2016

After Oscar Piracy, Studios Push For Digital Screeners

Digital screeners are considered to be 99% safe, but I am betting that screener season will continue to be a yearly event.

The film industry has been talking with vendors of streaming/digital screening for years, but wanted guarantees before they embraced a new system. However, the piracy this year is a reminder that the DVD process has serious vulnerabilities, so many film execs expect streaming to become a major factor in 2016-17 Oscar campaigns. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is said to be conducting a beta test, allowing overseas voters to digitally view entries in five categories: the three shorts, docu feature and foreign-language. The Academy would not comment.