AMC, Universal Agree to Trim Theatrical Window Before Movies Go Online

Deal reduces period from months to weeks during which films appear in cinemas before being released for home viewing

As movie theaters sit empty during the coronavirus pandemic, some films are being released direct to streaming services and digital platforms, shaking up a distribution model that's been in place for decades. WSJ explains. (Originally published May 5, 2020)

2020欧洲杯APPMovies will play in theaters for much less time before moving to home video under a new agreement between theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. and Universal Pictures, upending the way Hollywood has done business for decades.

Under the deal, the “theatrical window” will shorten to 17 days, from the current 75, at least when it comes to movies made by Comcast Corp.’s Universal that play at AMC theaters, the world’s biggest movie-theater chain. That means that instead of waiting 2½ months to watch a new movie at home,...

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