Life used to be simple. You got up, you went to work, you came home, you ate dinner, you watched TV. On the weekends you’d go to the movies. There was a very clean line between TV and movies – small screen vs big screen, at home vs in a theater. Ahh, the simple life.
Technology changed all of that, first the VCR enabling time-shifting, then DVDs allowing high-quality movies at home, then streaming turned everything upside down. Seems that some are not crazy about the blurred lines, particularly Steven Spielberg. He publicly criticized the Netflix “movie” (air quotes his) Roma being considered (and winning) Oscars. His argument is that because it is primarily a streamed content, it isn’t a “movie”. That said, Netflix did release the film in brick and mortar theaters to fulfill Academy requirements.
But now it seems that the Justice Department is getting involved, and their first salvo is that ignoring streamed content from awards amounts to excluding competition and falls under anti-trust rules.
The plot thickens…