My first reaction when I saw Sin City somewhere in Detroit was, "How long is this movie?" Then I realize why everyone had popcorns and everything before the movie starts.
having said that.....this app must die, its a terrible idea :)
Perhaps have you considered that most long movies are complete trash and are just inefficiently telling a story that could be told much better in 2/3 or 1/2 the time?
No wonder the theaters often cut to black (for a break) at abrupt points during Hollywood films. A lot of Bollywood films on the other hand have well defined "half time" or intermission.
We have a live demo on our site if interested - http://speakerblast.com.
We think 4D movies; movies that gets the audiences' devices involved into the experience could be a way of the future. Similar to the texting PSA in China created by Volkswagen (very effective).
That is certainly an interesting idea. I'm thinking, though, that getting it to work and be stable across the many devices we have is prohibitly difficult.
If I were to do something like this, I'd look at the Firefox OS phones. I don't think they are ready yet, but crazy cheap Firefox OS phones will come. They target developing countries, but would also be good for something like this. So when people buy their ticket, you also sell them this cheap device which you've prepared so that it'll work out of the box. It'll be similar to the way they currently sell 3D glasses at the cinemas.
Here's a live demo where we turn a small crowd & their devices into the movie's sound system.
Here's the movie clip I speak of above http://vimeo.com/m/93899424
This is new(ish) type of technology that requires solid and FAST Internet. It may or may not work in various countries based on Internet speeds (10Mbps or higher is recommended ... Possibly 5Mbps of higher could work too.
Or better yet, if the audience is on numbered seats, print a QR code on their ticket which gives them an URL that includes their seat number as a parameter.
"The Timer is our ace in the hole. You start it when the movie begins and it will vibrate before each Peetime"
I understand that cinemas want you in and out as quickly as possible. At the same it would seem they can sell more high-margin soft drinks and popcorn if folks are given the opportunity to do so. In fact, there's no way in hell I'm buying anything at all even before the movie starts if I know it's a 3 hour "epic" that won't have an intermission. I'm going into that with a bladder that resembles Death Valley.
At any rate it has a fantastic Peetime. There's an entire 4+ minute span of Steve and Natasha entering the old Army base where Shield began. There's almost no dialog, it's just them searching as the tension builds. As a story telling device it's an important scene - building the tension. But if you need to take care of some urgent biological needs this makes a perfect time to run and pee. :-)
I guess "Crank" comes quite close.
Now I haven't seen the movie, but that doesn't sound unimportant...
That said, the app had a "low key" design so it doesn't shine bright in the theater. ( Theoretically anyway).
When the movie starts you start the timer, and put the phone in your pocket. The the phone vibrates when a pee-time comes up. You don't have to take out your phone [until you're in the bathroom and want to read about what you're missing].
That being said, there's nothing I can do to prevent, how to put this, less than considerate people from abusing the app.
I really think there are more important things to do with all this technology.
Then get crackin' buddy ;)
They should implement something similar, given the watch concept is significantly less intrusive and… bright.
Also, integration with Google Glasses. #WIN
That is, if you're ok with using a phone while peeing.
Excuse me for probably taking this too far, but this app seems to imply that films are merely the sum of plot-related scenes, and that doesn't sit quite well with me. Would the app consider every establishing shot in Alien to be pee-able?
Btw, I think we had startups like this already. Is it the same one with some more sexy domain or something different?
(We're probably not socially or legally cool with that, though.)
Ooh, a more experimental place like the Alamo Drafthouse might be able to pull off restrooms attached to each individual theater, simulcasting the show onto screens in there. Licensing for extra screens, even tiny ones, might be complicated though...
Here's to home viewing I guess.
One is free but ad supported; the other has a single upfront cost and no ads.
* A link in the app to an "Unlocker" which is detected by the main app and removes the ads
* An IAP that removes the ads
* A pro vs free version of the app.
I can't answer your question directly but I know that the IAP is a few lines of code in Google's billing APIs.
I know people who won't go to a movie on opening weekend because it isn't on runpee.com yet. If Hollywood was smart they'd give them advance screening privileges.
For many years he has had very busy Thursday/Fridays.
At university (nearly 20 years ago) I had a friend who was the same (or worse) than me. He was a bit of a hypochondriac, went to the doc, got tested for diabetes, and a number of other things. They shoved an endoscope up his parts (most painful thing ever, he said) and told him he had a weak bladder, deal with it. Since hearing that story, I have basically ignored the problem.
(this is why i don't go to movies anymore.)
(this is why i dont go into the comments section anymore.)
People: You will not die if you go without carbs for a couple of hours.
Seriously, this isn't worth developing into a long thread, and it's not personal, but it's not my idea of a "treat" to sit passively for an hour or so while ingesting over a thousand calories or pure carbs* - that's a diabetic and heart-crushing, self-harming time bomb.
*WebMD: "To save you money (how thoughtful), theaters offer combos. For example, for a mere $12 Regal hands you a medium popcorn and a medium soft drink, and AMC dishes up a large popcorn and a large soda," write CSPI researchers in their report published in the Nutrition Action Healthletter. "Where else can you be so distracted (by the movie) that you don't realize you've just swallowed 1,400 to 1,600 calories?"
The experience I drew the principle from was experience in the suburbs; its true that theaters are more widely spaced there, but since people have to use cars to get anywhere anyway (which is less true in the city), the radius of consideration tends to be much larger, too. It evens out.
Rural areas are a different issue, to be sure.
There are theaters that don't have plastic bags, though. The best ones are all 21-and-over, in the US, which cuts down on the noise and crowding considerably. I like CinéBistro, for example.