Netflix Responds To Steven Spielberg’s Criticism
Netflix has responded to the call to boycott streaming services after increasing criticism from Oscar award-winning director, Steven Spielberg.
Speilberg joined critics to state that Netflix’s attempt to stifle the release of cinema films on its platform was harming the “motion picture theatrical experience.” This, he said, while receiving his award at the Cinema Audio Society’s award.
Speilberg who also serves as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampa) said,
“I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contributions we can make as film-makers is to give audiences the motion picture theatrical experience. I’m a firm believer that movie theatres need to be around for ever … There’s nothing like going to a big, dark theatre with people you’ve never met before and having the experience wash over you. That’s something we all truly believe in.”
In response to this, Netflix issued a statement on Twitter: “We love cinema. Here are some things we also love: Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters; Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time; Giving filmmakers more ways to share art. These things are not mutually exclusive.”
We love cinema. Here are some things we also love:
-Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters
-Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time
-Giving filmmakers more ways to share art
These things are not mutually exclusive.
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) March 4, 2019