Universal tried to sell Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist via premium video-on-demand just three weeks after its release, but shelved the idea after protests. Photo: Universal Pictures/MCT

Napster co-founder’s idea for set-top box to screen new film releases could be revolutionary

Sean Parker and his music exec partner call it The Screening Room, and it would let home subscribers see films the day they land in cinemas. It’s an idea that’s sharply divided the film industry. Would it fly in Hong Kong? Or China?

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Universal tried to sell Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist via premium video-on-demand just three weeks after its release, but shelved the idea after protests. Photo: Universal Pictures/MCT
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