Hi y'all, Just been reading in this months edition of DIGITAL HOME mag about the MD of blockbuster video (Alex Sparks) about how he thinks that simultaneously releasing films both in the cinema AND on DVD on both sides of the pond would reduce the number of pirate copies on the streets. Thinking about it, it would be good to see the latest releases at the same time as our cousins in america, but somehow don't think the studio's would go for it because at the end of the day, (as they probably see it), it makes them more money by staggering releases. Surely it makes sense (well it does to me anyway), that if the same film is released world wide at the same time, then everbody would have the chance to watch it therfore negating the need to buy a poor quality rip-off from " that guy down the pub ". Obviously if it was just the cinema releases that were simultaneous, then there would still be a market for ripped copies on DVD for the people who are either unwilling or too busy/lazy to go out to the local multiplex to view them. What it all boils down to is the pirates are suppling what the public wants :- an exclusive first look at the latest HOLLYWOOD movie, if the same films were available at the same time accross the world, what would be the point in trying to sell an INFERIOR / ILLEGAL copy when all you need to do is pop into the local cinema / video rental store, and watch it in all it's glorious spendour, safe in the knowledge that the hundreds / thousand you've spent on your home cinema is not going to waste watching someone eating popcorn three rows in front of the pirate who's videoing the silver screen. If only the studios would wake up to the fact that by staggering releases, it does end up costing them more in lost revenue, as the people who regularly buy pirate copies probably don't / won't buy the legitimate discs when released cos they've already seen it 6 to 8 months previously. Apologies for the long post, just had to get it off my chest, TTFN Graham.