Universal will make its current releases available to watch online from an early as Friday in light of the coronavirus. The UK government yesterday, 16 March, urged the public to avoid non-essential contact, including trips to pubs, clubs, cinemas and theatres.
New titles coming to Comcast, Sky, Apple and Amazon include The Invisible Woman - a harrowing portrayal of gaslighting and domestic abuse, starring Elisabeth Moss - The Hunt, a previously banned film about gun violence. Audiences will be able to rent the films for $19.99 (£16.31) for 48 hours.
“Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception. Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable,” Jeff Shell, NBCUniversal CEO, said in a statement.
“We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theatres where available, but we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible.”
The movie industry has struggled with the outbreak of coronavirus. The release of forthcoming Bond film, No Time To Die, has been delayed from April until November. Other titles to be pushed back include Disney's Mulan and John Krasinki's horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II.
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