Maybe The Film Business Is Getting Better

Or rather: maybe some people are making some money again. Some...

This week brought some signs that things were picking up in some sectors.  Hollywood Reporter reported that "Home Entertainment Spending Is Up For The First Time Since 2007".  I can't remember when the last time I bought a DVD.  Was it really 2007?

"As of Sept. 30, 2012, consumers this year have spent an estimated $12,342,020,000 on home entertainment, up from $12,215,030,000 in the same period last year.

Subscription streaming spending nearly tripled, from $463,560,000 in the first nine months of 2011 to $1,682,710,000 in 2012 as of Sept. 30"

It's good, right?  It's nice that even the NY Times is publishing the good news.  I wonder when they will start reporting the real story.  

You know, the one about how artists and their supporters are not rewarded for the work they do?  Or maybe the one on how filmmakers can not support themselves with the work they do.  I mean, I can't expect them to actually start digging around to learn how digital rights are sometimes taken without permission by large distributors of small films, and how most income statements don't even break out the digital revenue.  Or can I?

I don't mean to get cranky.  I know the clouds of confusion even have a silver lining, right?  Does it ever feel to you that the structure, and it's promoters, do more to obfuscate than illuminate?