Seth doesn’t get HDTV

Seth Long writes that he just doesn't get HDTV and he's usually one of those crazy "early adopter" types.

Well, Seth, I see you're gonna be at Gnomedex. Jeff Clavier and a few other people are coming over to watch the World Cup games in the mornings. Come on over and watch them in HD and see if it still doesn't float your boat.

As for the price. Let's look at it a different way.

A few weekends ago I took Patrick to see Mission Impossible. Let's look at the costs of doing that.

1) Waiting in line for an hour. Cost? About $42 of my time (considering I got paid less than $100,000 a year). Every hour is opportunity cost that's gone.

2) Sitting through 25 minutes of advertising. Seriously.

3) $10 ticket to get in. $7 for Patrick. That's $17. Plus, $12 for a hot dog, Coke, popcorn. Whew. And I won't even count the exercise time to work that off. $29 to take just Patrick. Another $17 or so if Maryam comes along (she has a weakness for M&Ms). Not to mention that if you go to a movie you're far more likely to eat out. There goes another $40 to $100. More if a friend comes along. So, one movie can cost us more than $100!!

4) The movie itself. Cell phone went off behind us during the movie. They won't pause the movie while going to the bathroom. The teenagers talking behind us. The tall guy who goes to the bathroom in front of us during the movie. The sticky seats. You can't rewind the movie when your wife asks you "what did that guy say?"

Compare to the monthly cost of my video system: about $130 a month (you think I had $4k in my pocket? You must think I was one of those Microsoft millionaires. Heheh). We bought it at Best Buy and bought it on credit. Don't look at it as $4,000. Look at it as $130 a month (maybe $200, if you also need to buy a new audio system for surround sound).

So, for the cost of a few movies with Maryam, Patrick, and me, I get a humongous new TV screen that makes me the most popular guy with venture capitalists and interesting geeks during Gnomedex.

Heheh, by the way, now you know why Gnomedex's tag is "a higher resolution."

If you want in on the World Cup games, email me robertscoble@hotmail.com. First come, first served (you gotta have transportation since I live about 45 minutes away from Gnomedex).

Comments

  1. The only problem now Robert is that the videophile/audiophile drugs have their hooks in you now. Believe me, I know how it is from personal experience. First you get a TV that gives you best picture for $4k. Well, it’d be shame to not get the best possible audio quality as well, right? So then you go out and buy a new surround sound system, plus speaker stands and mounts, plus good quality wire. Plus there’s repurchasing all your movies in HD-DVD. Then you have to pay extra for the HD content from your cable provider.

    It just keeps adding up over and over again …. and then you realize you live in California now, where the weather is always beautiful, and you could have spent $2k on good bicycles for the family and gone enjoying the great outdoors and still have several thousand dollars still in your pocket. Good old fashioned high definition that your home theatre system can’t hope to reproduce.

  2. The only problem now Robert is that the videophile/audiophile drugs have their hooks in you now. Believe me, I know how it is from personal experience. First you get a TV that gives you best picture for $4k. Well, it’d be shame to not get the best possible audio quality as well, right? So then you go out and buy a new surround sound system, plus speaker stands and mounts, plus good quality wire. Plus there’s repurchasing all your movies in HD-DVD. Then you have to pay extra for the HD content from your cable provider.

    It just keeps adding up over and over again …. and then you realize you live in California now, where the weather is always beautiful, and you could have spent $2k on good bicycles for the family and gone enjoying the great outdoors and still have several thousand dollars still in your pocket. Good old fashioned high definition that your home theatre system can’t hope to reproduce.

  3. I already had the audio system (that was my divorce present to myself, heheh).

    I don’t buy media. I use Netflix or Blockbuster.

    Actually, that’s one reason I bought the Toshiba HD-DVD player. The cheaper ones wouldn’t consistently play the scratched disks at Blockbuster. I haven’t had a single movie that hasn’t played yet on the $500 one.

    As for bicycles. I own a nice one.

    And, if we get the place in Half Moon Bay, it is DEFINITELY an HD experience all around.

  4. I already had the audio system (that was my divorce present to myself, heheh).

    I don’t buy media. I use Netflix or Blockbuster.

    Actually, that’s one reason I bought the Toshiba HD-DVD player. The cheaper ones wouldn’t consistently play the scratched disks at Blockbuster. I haven’t had a single movie that hasn’t played yet on the $500 one.

    As for bicycles. I own a nice one.

    And, if we get the place in Half Moon Bay, it is DEFINITELY an HD experience all around.

  5. who buys a hot dog at a movie? You buy a hot dog at a baseball game (ha ha)

    Are you factoring in the stuffing of your face when you watch TV at home? How much MORE food do you eat while at home?

    Are you going to the movies during work hours? I thought you didn’t go a minute without reading an RSS feed. Couldn’t you be reading feeds on that nifty-neato 2125 while waiting in line? Thus reducing your “time wasting” costs?

    You forgot to factor in electricity and other utility costs to keep the TV equipment running.

    And buying on credit you do know you are paying MORE than $4000 a month, right?

    Based on this, I’m guessing you failed econ 201? If not then surely you know the movie was worth MORE to you than the money you spent, otherwise you wouldn’t have gone. And staying home and enjoying your $130/mo HDTV wasn’t worth as much to you as going to see MI:3 was. In short, your example is full of flaws.

    Essentially what you have to prove to Seth is that he will get MORE value shelling out money to replace his exiting AV equipment than he will keeping his current TV and his money to spend on something else. Heck, even you proved spending additional money on going to a movie was worth more than staying home enjoying your HDTV. And will he enjoy sacrificing both the social and visual experience over going to a movie occasionally by replacing it with an HDTV that may not have all the entertaiment he may enjoy available o HDTV.

  6. who buys a hot dog at a movie? You buy a hot dog at a baseball game (ha ha)

    Are you factoring in the stuffing of your face when you watch TV at home? How much MORE food do you eat while at home?

    Are you going to the movies during work hours? I thought you didn’t go a minute without reading an RSS feed. Couldn’t you be reading feeds on that nifty-neato 2125 while waiting in line? Thus reducing your “time wasting” costs?

    You forgot to factor in electricity and other utility costs to keep the TV equipment running.

    And buying on credit you do know you are paying MORE than $4000 a month, right?

    Based on this, I’m guessing you failed econ 201? If not then surely you know the movie was worth MORE to you than the money you spent, otherwise you wouldn’t have gone. And staying home and enjoying your $130/mo HDTV wasn’t worth as much to you as going to see MI:3 was. In short, your example is full of flaws.

    Essentially what you have to prove to Seth is that he will get MORE value shelling out money to replace his exiting AV equipment than he will keeping his current TV and his money to spend on something else. Heck, even you proved spending additional money on going to a movie was worth more than staying home enjoying your HDTV. And will he enjoy sacrificing both the social and visual experience over going to a movie occasionally by replacing it with an HDTV that may not have all the entertaiment he may enjoy available o HDTV.

  7. I’m going to try never going to a movie again, so NO it was NOT worth the expense.

    Here’s an exercise. Drink a bottle of wine at home. Cost? $5. Drink the same bottle at a restaurant. $40.

    Make a salad at home. Cost? $3. For the whole family.

    Buy salads at a restaurant. Cost? $5 each. $15 in my family. More if I’m taking a friend out.

    It’s a LOT cheaper to eat at home.

    The visual experience? My friends say my theater is as good as going to a movie theater. And just as social. I don’t get anything out of the other people in the theater.

    I went to the movie cause I was down in Silicon Valley where my HDTV wasn’t. That won’t be true anymore soon.

    Every hour of my day has opportunity costs. I could write a book which could get me paid. I could work as a consultant, which would get me paid. All in my extra time.

    And I do try to use the time standing in line well, but it could be used even better by not doing it in the first place.

    Not to mention that at home we’re far more likely to make salads than eat a hot dog. Salads aren’t an option at movie places.

  8. I’m going to try never going to a movie again, so NO it was NOT worth the expense.

    Here’s an exercise. Drink a bottle of wine at home. Cost? $5. Drink the same bottle at a restaurant. $40.

    Make a salad at home. Cost? $3. For the whole family.

    Buy salads at a restaurant. Cost? $5 each. $15 in my family. More if I’m taking a friend out.

    It’s a LOT cheaper to eat at home.

    The visual experience? My friends say my theater is as good as going to a movie theater. And just as social. I don’t get anything out of the other people in the theater.

    I went to the movie cause I was down in Silicon Valley where my HDTV wasn’t. That won’t be true anymore soon.

    Every hour of my day has opportunity costs. I could write a book which could get me paid. I could work as a consultant, which would get me paid. All in my extra time.

    And I do try to use the time standing in line well, but it could be used even better by not doing it in the first place.

    Not to mention that at home we’re far more likely to make salads than eat a hot dog. Salads aren’t an option at movie places.

  9. Forget movies and downloadable content, has anyone noticed that sports, especially fast moving ones such as soccer (aka football outside US and Canada) and hockey are much better with HDTV. Even baseball (but it falls outside the “fast moving” category.)! You see more of the play forming up and catch lots of play and action detail that is cut off by a 4:3 video. In fact, being a marginal soccer fan at best, I find myself entranced watching World Cup soccer in HD.

    OK, so I will comment on movies; legacy wide screen movies look much better on HDTV (even without a HD-DVD source). Tremendous quality for a movie like Lawrence of Arabia with its dramatic desert scenes. Yet this was a movie originally produced in 1962 and done an injustice by showing it on even a 32″ traditional TV. It was produced in a wide screen format that contributes to the overall success the movie had. (In those days, the relatively few “wide screen” movies were cool!)

    And my 5-year old home theatre audio is just fine, thank you.

  10. Forget movies and downloadable content, has anyone noticed that sports, especially fast moving ones such as soccer (aka football outside US and Canada) and hockey are much better with HDTV. Even baseball (but it falls outside the “fast moving” category.)! You see more of the play forming up and catch lots of play and action detail that is cut off by a 4:3 video. In fact, being a marginal soccer fan at best, I find myself entranced watching World Cup soccer in HD.

    OK, so I will comment on movies; legacy wide screen movies look much better on HDTV (even without a HD-DVD source). Tremendous quality for a movie like Lawrence of Arabia with its dramatic desert scenes. Yet this was a movie originally produced in 1962 and done an injustice by showing it on even a 32″ traditional TV. It was produced in a wide screen format that contributes to the overall success the movie had. (In those days, the relatively few “wide screen” movies were cool!)

    And my 5-year old home theatre audio is just fine, thank you.

  11. Not just “much better” but a whole new experience. Yes, HD will do more for soccer in the US than anything anyone has done in the past 40 years. Totally agree!

  12. Not just “much better” but a whole new experience. Yes, HD will do more for soccer in the US than anything anyone has done in the past 40 years. Totally agree!

  13. There’s a whole bunch of ways to justify the cost of buying a TV. The truth is: if you watch a lot of TV, $4000 isn’t necessarily a lot of money to pay for a set. Why? Well, lets say you keep the TV for 5 years. That works out at a little over $2 per day: less than the price of a cup of coffee from Starbucks.

    I’m not sure it’s really true to say, though, that the visual experience of watching a big TV “as good as going to a movie theatre”. However, it is interesting that you can now get home theatre set-ups that are actually *better* quality than a typical movie theatre. We’re talking set-ups than can show epic movies at 2.35:1 – really bright projectors with support (using full DLP chip resolution) for using motorised anamorphic lenses, and projector screens that can adjust in width automatically. What’s the cost for visuals like that? Maybe not as much as you think – probably less than $30,000 for the video hardware (projector + anamorphic lens).

    Of course, the economic justification for a set-up like that is more difficult ;-)

  14. There’s a whole bunch of ways to justify the cost of buying a TV. The truth is: if you watch a lot of TV, $4000 isn’t necessarily a lot of money to pay for a set. Why? Well, lets say you keep the TV for 5 years. That works out at a little over $2 per day: less than the price of a cup of coffee from Starbucks.

    I’m not sure it’s really true to say, though, that the visual experience of watching a big TV “as good as going to a movie theatre”. However, it is interesting that you can now get home theatre set-ups that are actually *better* quality than a typical movie theatre. We’re talking set-ups than can show epic movies at 2.35:1 – really bright projectors with support (using full DLP chip resolution) for using motorised anamorphic lenses, and projector screens that can adjust in width automatically. What’s the cost for visuals like that? Maybe not as much as you think – probably less than $30,000 for the video hardware (projector + anamorphic lens).

    Of course, the economic justification for a set-up like that is more difficult ;-)

  15. Give up on Hollywood? Say it ain’t so, Joe. You are really looking into the deep dark HDTV aybss here. :)

    For that money you created a kid’s memory, you think he will remember the countless times in front of a TV even if it is HDTV? No. Movie-going is always an event, and no matter how good HDTV gets it won’t ever beat the resolution or experience of film. Well, not for 10 to 15 years.

    The problems of your film-going experiences are more big city urban problems. Going to City Place Muvico Movie Theater in Palm Beach or small-town old-fashioned yet sound-upgraded Reynolds Theaters in Elmwood and Morton, IL, are all heavenly — all why that’s it’s still an experience. And oh, zero wait. Unless you go Fandango, which in any other place cept for big cities, SLOWS you DOWN. Irony. :)

    1. No wait here.
    2. Which is why I feed up and sugar-up the nephews BEFORE. Movie munchies are loan-shark levels. But where they make the money. But a game I refuse to play.
    3. $6.50 and $4.50 for matinee (yeah, it’s not California, I know).
    4. Movies are pay attention, no distractions. Pee beforehand. But a cell phone ring is an unpardonable sin.

    So I do the same thing and come under $20…but that varies, sometimes $10. Movie going povery-style. But I am not so arrogant to say every hour of my time is worth $42, boy I should send a huge bill to my sister then, for I have run up a payment in the millions just in hanging with my nephews. If you are going to start cost-factoring out family time, boy, do you have no soul. I know that’s not really what you meant, but gosh…some things are priceless.

    Not trying to be snarky point counterpoint of late, but gosh, more to life than just HDTV. :)

  16. Give up on Hollywood? Say it ain’t so, Joe. You are really looking into the deep dark HDTV aybss here. :)

    For that money you created a kid’s memory, you think he will remember the countless times in front of a TV even if it is HDTV? No. Movie-going is always an event, and no matter how good HDTV gets it won’t ever beat the resolution or experience of film. Well, not for 10 to 15 years.

    The problems of your film-going experiences are more big city urban problems. Going to City Place Muvico Movie Theater in Palm Beach or small-town old-fashioned yet sound-upgraded Reynolds Theaters in Elmwood and Morton, IL, are all heavenly — all why that’s it’s still an experience. And oh, zero wait. Unless you go Fandango, which in any other place cept for big cities, SLOWS you DOWN. Irony. :)

    1. No wait here.
    2. Which is why I feed up and sugar-up the nephews BEFORE. Movie munchies are loan-shark levels. But where they make the money. But a game I refuse to play.
    3. $6.50 and $4.50 for matinee (yeah, it’s not California, I know).
    4. Movies are pay attention, no distractions. Pee beforehand. But a cell phone ring is an unpardonable sin.

    So I do the same thing and come under $20…but that varies, sometimes $10. Movie going povery-style. But I am not so arrogant to say every hour of my time is worth $42, boy I should send a huge bill to my sister then, for I have run up a payment in the millions just in hanging with my nephews. If you are going to start cost-factoring out family time, boy, do you have no soul. I know that’s not really what you meant, but gosh…some things are priceless.

    Not trying to be snarky point counterpoint of late, but gosh, more to life than just HDTV. :)

  17. Coulter’s early point about urban theaters is right. I live in Rhode Island, where even Providence some might not call a city ;) I have something like 20 movie theater options within a half hour of my house. I always take the one roughly 2 minutes away. It has all stadium seating for 20ish screens, very new and clean lobby and seats (redone, the theater itself is much older). I never wait for tickets more than 5 minutes and unless I’m seeing a movie on premiere night, the crowds are usually not too bad. The line for snacks is usually longer. But, nobody’s ever hassled me for bringing my own cheap snacks in (get cargo pants and a wife with a good bag/purse!).

    Basically, I can make the decision to see a movie and be in my seat at the local theater ready to watch it in under 15 minutes. That’s probably about as typical as the urban theater nightmare that Scoble is having. But because of that, it’s going to take a lot more than a big HDTV and a nice surround system to convince me that going to the theater is dead.

    Let’s face facts here too. Movies come out in theaters first. The time from theater to pay-per-view to DVD has shrunk, but it’s not going away any time soon. And no, one indie movie not following the trend is not a sign of changing times; it’s an experiment. They tried to make jetpacks and flying cars 50 years ago, but it’s not like we’re using them yet.

    And on crowds, things have gotten worse in the past 10 years. I don’t know WHY people have gotten more rude; I’m not a psychologist. But I have a policy that helps with that. 1) Never see a movie in a city theater. 2) Avoid seeing movies with showings starting between 5-8 on Friday or Saturday; that’s teenie-bopper time. Follow those two rules and you will be rewarded.

    Honestly, “I’m going to try never going to a movie again” is taking your stance from “boy that stuff sure is annoying” to “I’m just better than the common folk.” Welcome to the world of the Aristogeeks. Silicon valley, VCs, CEOs, and bragging about every little bit on a blog. If you’re so dead set on bringing blogging, podcasts, and video podcasts to the masses, you might want to start to lower yourself to their level a bit. So far, you’re only alienating.

  18. Coulter’s early point about urban theaters is right. I live in Rhode Island, where even Providence some might not call a city ;) I have something like 20 movie theater options within a half hour of my house. I always take the one roughly 2 minutes away. It has all stadium seating for 20ish screens, very new and clean lobby and seats (redone, the theater itself is much older). I never wait for tickets more than 5 minutes and unless I’m seeing a movie on premiere night, the crowds are usually not too bad. The line for snacks is usually longer. But, nobody’s ever hassled me for bringing my own cheap snacks in (get cargo pants and a wife with a good bag/purse!).

    Basically, I can make the decision to see a movie and be in my seat at the local theater ready to watch it in under 15 minutes. That’s probably about as typical as the urban theater nightmare that Scoble is having. But because of that, it’s going to take a lot more than a big HDTV and a nice surround system to convince me that going to the theater is dead.

    Let’s face facts here too. Movies come out in theaters first. The time from theater to pay-per-view to DVD has shrunk, but it’s not going away any time soon. And no, one indie movie not following the trend is not a sign of changing times; it’s an experiment. They tried to make jetpacks and flying cars 50 years ago, but it’s not like we’re using them yet.

    And on crowds, things have gotten worse in the past 10 years. I don’t know WHY people have gotten more rude; I’m not a psychologist. But I have a policy that helps with that. 1) Never see a movie in a city theater. 2) Avoid seeing movies with showings starting between 5-8 on Friday or Saturday; that’s teenie-bopper time. Follow those two rules and you will be rewarded.

    Honestly, “I’m going to try never going to a movie again” is taking your stance from “boy that stuff sure is annoying” to “I’m just better than the common folk.” Welcome to the world of the Aristogeeks. Silicon valley, VCs, CEOs, and bragging about every little bit on a blog. If you’re so dead set on bringing blogging, podcasts, and video podcasts to the masses, you might want to start to lower yourself to their level a bit. So far, you’re only alienating.

  19. Oh man….oh man. And here I thought leaving Microsoft was CLEARING your head.

    Your “opportunity costs” argument could be logically extended to justify eternal hermit-hood, never ever need to even go outside the house.

    Work? It’s a commute. Work from home that cuts that factor down. Have you seen the price of gas these days? Gosh. And broadband technology makes this all easy. And hey, my time is money, $42 an hour. Which is why I don’t have time to shop for groceries. I can make up a Webvanish list and have everything I need sent to me. I don’t need goto Blockbuster ever again either, sent to home. Eat out? Are you crazy, you know how much that costs? Goto a movie? Take a walk in the park? Spend time with kids? Goto the Town Fair? Watch a sunset? Read a book? Attend a Church Picnic? Attend a conference? That’s just all courting bankruptcy.

    You are Mr. Nice Guy fuzzball Tech Conference Social hopper so you really can’t operate like your theory says. Besides you have to have something to film. :)

    Ok, enough commenting for me. I am gonna go eat out, goto a movie, waste “tons” of money, blow my opportunity cost balance sheet to high heaven and techincally suffer but for a good cause (Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties and a Cars Yet-Another-Viewing kick-up).

  20. Oh man….oh man. And here I thought leaving Microsoft was CLEARING your head.

    Your “opportunity costs” argument could be logically extended to justify eternal hermit-hood, never ever need to even go outside the house.

    Work? It’s a commute. Work from home that cuts that factor down. Have you seen the price of gas these days? Gosh. And broadband technology makes this all easy. And hey, my time is money, $42 an hour. Which is why I don’t have time to shop for groceries. I can make up a Webvanish list and have everything I need sent to me. I don’t need goto Blockbuster ever again either, sent to home. Eat out? Are you crazy, you know how much that costs? Goto a movie? Take a walk in the park? Spend time with kids? Goto the Town Fair? Watch a sunset? Read a book? Attend a Church Picnic? Attend a conference? That’s just all courting bankruptcy.

    You are Mr. Nice Guy fuzzball Tech Conference Social hopper so you really can’t operate like your theory says. Besides you have to have something to film. :)

    Ok, enough commenting for me. I am gonna go eat out, goto a movie, waste “tons” of money, blow my opportunity cost balance sheet to high heaven and techincally suffer but for a good cause (Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties and a Cars Yet-Another-Viewing kick-up).

  21. One more thing on HDTV vs. movie theater. A big thing I haven’t seen mentioned often in this debate is that taking a lady to the movies can be a good date. Suggesting you stay at your place and watch TV prooobably won’t get you the girl, but feel free to mention how much bigger your HDTV is than the other guys ;)

  22. One more thing on HDTV vs. movie theater. A big thing I haven’t seen mentioned often in this debate is that taking a lady to the movies can be a good date. Suggesting you stay at your place and watch TV prooobably won’t get you the girl, but feel free to mention how much bigger your HDTV is than the other guys ;)

  23. I agree that HD is cool.

    However – I disagree that theaters are bad. I think that currently the head honchos over at the industry are in a transition phase and don’t really know how to react – so they’re upping prices out of fear.

    The theater experience should be something special, an event. You should go and be treated like a king (or queen) while you’re there. And you shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to do so.

    I can’t exactly fix the problem yet… being fifteen has its disadvantages. ;-)

  24. I agree that HD is cool.

    However – I disagree that theaters are bad. I think that currently the head honchos over at the industry are in a transition phase and don’t really know how to react – so they’re upping prices out of fear.

    The theater experience should be something special, an event. You should go and be treated like a king (or queen) while you’re there. And you shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to do so.

    I can’t exactly fix the problem yet… being fifteen has its disadvantages. ;-)

  25. First, don’t see much evidence of salad eating, but if you say so. ;-)

    Chris made the point much better than I. Trying to convince someone that HDTV is the way to go because the monthly principle and interest you are paying for your HDTV is cheaper than going to the movies is not a winning or even valid argument. The two experience aren’t even close to being comparable. If they were I doubt Cuban would be still be releasing his digital features in theatres.

    If someone doesn’t see the value in HDTV (either in picture quality or what have you), telling them going to the movies is not going to win them over.

    There to be a marked difference in the experience for someone to make the investment. For some that value is still not there. For example, many satellite subscribers still balk at it because they have to get an OTA antenna to get local HDTV signals. Others balk at it because there still aren’t enough programs offered in HDTV to make the investment worth their money. Others resist having to invest in newer DVR equipmen. There are a plethora of reasons why someone wouldn’t want to “go HDTV”… the supposed expensive movie going experience I would bet is the least of their objections.

  26. First, don’t see much evidence of salad eating, but if you say so. ;-)

    Chris made the point much better than I. Trying to convince someone that HDTV is the way to go because the monthly principle and interest you are paying for your HDTV is cheaper than going to the movies is not a winning or even valid argument. The two experience aren’t even close to being comparable. If they were I doubt Cuban would be still be releasing his digital features in theatres.

    If someone doesn’t see the value in HDTV (either in picture quality or what have you), telling them going to the movies is not going to win them over.

    There to be a marked difference in the experience for someone to make the investment. For some that value is still not there. For example, many satellite subscribers still balk at it because they have to get an OTA antenna to get local HDTV signals. Others balk at it because there still aren’t enough programs offered in HDTV to make the investment worth their money. Others resist having to invest in newer DVR equipmen. There are a plethora of reasons why someone wouldn’t want to “go HDTV”… the supposed expensive movie going experience I would bet is the least of their objections.

  27. Chris, I have one theory as to why crowds are getting more rude in theatres. I think some people have a hard time not thinking they are in their living rooms watching the movie they rented from the local video store or Netflix. They seem act the same way they do as if they are in their living rooms

    And I agree on the phone thing. Scoble, at least to the rest of the movie going public a favor and leave your cell phone in your car. Nothing can be that important that you can’t unplug for a couple of hours.

  28. Chris, I have one theory as to why crowds are getting more rude in theatres. I think some people have a hard time not thinking they are in their living rooms watching the movie they rented from the local video store or Netflix. They seem act the same way they do as if they are in their living rooms

    And I agree on the phone thing. Scoble, at least to the rest of the movie going public a favor and leave your cell phone in your car. Nothing can be that important that you can’t unplug for a couple of hours.

  29. I am not a fan of going to the cinema and like you Robert, I enjoy watching movie in my TV set. Well, for millions of people in my part of the world (South Asia( going to cinema hall every weekend is the best form of entertainment. Not for me.

  30. I am not a fan of going to the cinema and like you Robert, I enjoy watching movie in my TV set. Well, for millions of people in my part of the world (South Asia( going to cinema hall every weekend is the best form of entertainment. Not for me.