It was predicted that the box office numbers that had decreased drastically because of the global pandemic will continue their decline. But the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home proved this wrong, driving the cinephiles to theaters and breaking the box-office record of $1.916 billion worldwide. A dozen more blockbusters followed since then in 2022. However, the success of these movies doesn’t mean that the culture of theater has been revived.

Streaming services have also received an overwhelming response from the audience, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when people were confined to their homes. Since then, these service providers have been expanding their horizons by integrating higher production values to enhance user experience.

As per a Statista report, the share of consumers using subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services in the United States reached 83%, an increase of nearly 20 percent in five years.

Netflix is leading among the streaming platforms, with the total number of subscribers passing the 70 million mark for the first time in early 2020.


What are the Differences between Watching Movies in the Theater and at Home?

Cost: Tickets for movie theaters are much more costly, and everyone needs to purchase their tickets individually. On the other hand, streaming services allow you to buy a suitable subscription plan as per your streaming needs. With a single subscription, you can watch thousands of shows and movies.

Quality: The perfect sound systems and visual upgrades such as IMAX, Dolby, and Real 3D offer a more enjoyable and premium entertainment theatrical viewing experience.  At home, even if we arrange a great home theater, the quality of those sound systems rarely matches those found in theaters.

Privacy:  Watching movies at home gives you more freedom and privacy as there are no such restrictions you need to follow compared to cinema houses where you have to obey some rules.

Comfort: Watching movies at home offers a high degree of comfort and freedom as you can sit anywhere and in any position without feeling awkward. In a theater, you need to sit straight, and you can’t change your seat if you feel uncomfortable with a stranger sitting next to you.

Convenience: At home, you can pause, rewind, or forward the movie when necessary, but at the theater getting up means you might miss out on important scenes.

 Launch/Release: A movie’s release date on a streaming platform is earlier than that of a theatrical release. Only Warner movies are being released on HBO Max the same day as the theatrical release, which is uncommon.


Final Verdict

Nowadays, viewers have both options for watching movies; either at the theater or at home. It’s becoming quite difficult for cinemas to survive in this era where people usually prefer watching movies at home due to more convenience, affordability, and comfort.

The latest Netflix releases, such as The Good Nurse and Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, are already receiving good critics’ responses and are available for streaming in the US region of Netflix. So if you decide to stay home, a site like Streamints can help you choose what to watch and how to watch it on many different streaming devices, without going to the theater.