Cory Doctorow’s latest Locus Magazine is at Locus Online: How High-Definition Is Bad News for SF Flicks. An excerpt:
[The longevity of a film’s profitability] is now threatened by an unlikely menace: the high-definition screen. And no genre is more imperiled than science fiction/fantasy.
HD is poison for special-effects movies. Whatever sins are hidden in a standard-definition 12-inch TV set are thrown into stark relief by big, crisp displays. Whatever longevity can be wrung from a movie by releasing it to smaller, more forgiving screens is cut short by the living-room behemoths that are being pushed on us today.