Hollywood movies heading online early, thanks to Sky and others
You'll be able to stream big-screen movies sooner than expected.
Movies that were set for cinema releases will now get a home release, thanks to a new initiative from the likes of Sky and more.
So whilst staying at home self-isolating might not seem like much fun, at least we have plenty to watch – and at the moment, clinging on to any pieces of good news is a worthwhile thing to do.
In the US, a similar thing is also happening. Birds of Prey had been a big hit in cinemas – such a big hit, in fact, that you can still buy tickets to go and see it over a month after its first release. We weren't expecting it to be available to stream, therefore, for quite some time.
But we also weren't expecting current world events – and in the light of the spread of coronavirus across the world, Birds of Prey is just one of several Hollywood films set to be released via video on demand much earlier than usual.
You'll be able to buy Birds of Prey some time in April at a price of $19.99 – and it's not the only film you'll be able to get.
In some ways, it's a surprising move – production companies tend to try to space out releases to maximise profit and to keep films in cinemas for as long as possible.
But in the US, cinemas have been ordered to close in several states – you won't be able to go to the movies in New York, New Jersey, Washington and elsewhere.
In the UK, cinemas haven't been officially shut down, but many have closed – WHO advice has suggested people avoid large public gatherings and to keep their distance from one another, and going to the cinema breaks both of those guidelines.