Don't get me wrong, I hate the MAFIAA as much as the next guy, but people seem to forget about following the money.
Music is one beast that can thrive from independant distribution and marketing. It's relatively cheap to build your own recording studio and make a name for yourself on facebook.
Movies on the other hand, do take years and millions to make. The money comes up-front from a studio and the studio hopes (expects?) to make money off of ticket sales, merchandise, DVD/Blu-Ray, etc... Yes, there are independant film makers out there, but without those box-office sales, we wouldn't have Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or a slew of the other CGI-dependant movies with big-name actors/actresses.
Would anybody mind sharing how we can get to this eutopian world where every multi-billion dollar produced movie can be made free to the unwashed masses? It's not like a movie can tour the countryside and get money from concert sales...
Make a kick-ass movie, I will likely buy a ticket. Make a decent movie, one that I really want to see but not at current ticket prices, I will wait for it a while. But not forever. If it does not show up on Netflix I might rent it, burn it, then watch it at my convenience, then toss the disk. If I really want to see it & missed it at the flicks due to time constraints, I will download it. If the entertainment industry wants me to pay, make it convenient, let me watch it how & when I want to, & keep the price point reasonable. $6.99 for On Demand is too much as I can rent it for less. They can make money this way, but they might have to let go of their old business models.