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Is there any legal way, cost not being an issue, to get a movie for a showing before it appears on DVD?

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You'll have to talk to the Movie Studios, but I'd venture to say the response you'll get is "HA HA HA HA HA, you want to what????.....*click*"

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Back in the day (before cable went crazy and VHS (BETA even!) was the rage), you could grab movies off the satelite as they were being sent from one coast to the other for broadcast BEFORE they went on video. They used to send the stuff unecrpyted and uncut so the local affiliates could cut in commercials, edit language, censor it (OPPS! I mean "modify to fit the alloted run time"), etc. As long as you had one of those giant 10-12 foot dishes in your yard, you could pick it up. There were even guides that told when a network was going to do the transfer. There were even court rulings that said if the signal from a satelite is unecrypted and falls on your yard, it's yours (for personal use, of course). That's when they all started encrypting the signals.

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Yeah, I figured it was a long shot. But thought it was worth asking.

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I recall one, but not cheap, as you are getting a temp license... let me see if I can find what I'm thinking of...

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If you find it Warren I would be interested as well.

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OK folks, I found what I was thinking of. There are a few companies that do this, below is one that I found. I have not worked with them, so I don't have direct experience. Essentially, they are a licensed distributor for non-theater venue delivery of movies. They are authorized by the MPAA, this isn't some illegal download type of thing, this is a legitimate business of getting first run films. They won't have all films, as not all studios agree to this, but they do state that you can get a one-showing license before the movies hit home video.

If any of you (I will as well) do contact them, please post your thoughts and experience here. Thanks.

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Interesting - Thanks, WarrenP, for the link.

My quick read indicates that a "non-theatrical" release is a public exhibition through some organization (such as a community club, hospital, apartment complex, etc.). It doesn't say private use is prohibited, necessarily, but it certainly appears that the showing would have to be tied to some kind of public exhibition through a civic group of some sort. They indicate people use them for fundraisers.

And a non-theatrical release tends to still occur months after the new release, and not that far in front of the home release.

But if a public exhibition is required, then you would have to get a public exhibition license as well. It is unclear whether they also obtain the licenses for you.

There is also no indication of price, either.

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Cost Not Being An Issue? What if it cost 1 million per movie

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Cost Not Being An Issue? What if it cost 1 million per movie

I said that because I expect a response of "Oh, it's too expensive" instead of information on how to do it. I am mostly just curious, but I do have a pool of people that might be interested, even at a high price...

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Thanks Warren! I am interested in this to.

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