America's blockbuster backlog will have an effect on New Zealand cinema goers this summer.
Warner Brothers has announced its 2021 programme will simultaneously debut in theatres and online.
New releases will stream on HBO Max for just one month before leaving the platform.
Rialto Distribution chief executive Kelly Rogers told Tim Dower the online platforms are the real winners.
"It's all about the streaming giant and them getting new subscriptions."
Rogers says even though New Zealand is on top of the covid 19 pandemic, we have to comply with America's release schedule.