From the BBC: `Digital film: Industry answers'
Here's a snippet on that topic:
John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners:
`We do not believe that simultaneous release would actually offer consumers a meaningful choice. Quite the contrary, simultaneous release would cripple the cinema industry, and for many people, their cherished choice to view a new (or old) film away from home, on the big screen, would vanish.
Moreover, an exclusive theatrical window confers panache and a marketing edge on a film that would likewise vanish in a simultaneous release regime. Then you're talking 'television movie of the week' - a sad diminution of cinematic art, and thus, again, a disservice to consumer choice. '
Curt Marvis, chief executive of CinemaNow:
Yes, I can imagine such a time. That said, I think it is still several years off and a question of 'when' rather than 'if'