Techradar.com Writes: These are interesting times for the film industry. In spite of the economic uncertainties of the past nine months or so, Hollywood seems to be weathering the storm pretty convincingly.
Last year's films Mamma Mia and Quantum of Solace broke box office records, and with Watchmen and the upcoming release of Terminator: Salvation, 2009 seems to be shaping up nicely.
Movie downloads have yet to take off in quite the same way that music downloads have, however, and it's mostly due to the large file sizes of films compared to those of MP3s. But with broadband's ever-expanding customer base and the vast increases in internet speeds recently, your humble PC seems set to become the host of more and more films.
Indeed, Virgin Media's latest 50Mb broadband service is said to be capable of downloading whole movies in under three minutes. Websites such as LoveFilm and iTunes already offer video downloads too, although this market has yet to really get a foothold in the UK.
Of course, the other – albeit legally shady – method of obtaining films is downloading them via torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay. This 'free' method is extremely popular, and the ability to download movies that have yet to be given a cinematic release is unsurprisingly attractive.