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15th Apr '18 7:22:53 AM ColumbiaHarmeony
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* After ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' flopped because it was released on the same weekend as the Tohoku disaster in 2011, Creator/{{Dreamworks}} decided to release their films in Japan in this matter.

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* After ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' flopped because it was released on the same weekend as the Tohoku disaster in 2011, Creator/{{Dreamworks}} decided to release their films in Japan in this matter. The only recent DreamWorks film to not be released this way was ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby''.
13th Apr '18 5:47:31 AM AkibaSilver
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** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' had the "Specter V-Cinema", focusing on the origins of Specter himself.
10th Apr '18 2:04:51 PM RacattackForce
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* After the first two films in the ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' series had limited theatrical runs, future films and specials were regulated to streaming services or television before going straight to video. The third film, ''Friendship Games'' did receive a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, however.

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* After the first two films in the ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' series had limited theatrical runs, future films and specials were regulated to streaming services or television before going straight to video. The third film, ''Friendship Games'' ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]]'' did receive a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, however.
10th Apr '18 2:02:01 PM RacattackForce
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* Unlike the previous two films in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' series, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' will be screened on television before going straight to video. This may have something to do with either the ''Creator/TheHub'' changing into Creator/DiscoveryFamily or due to Creator/{{Hasbro}} working on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony2017'', as the second EQG film didn't do poorly in the box office, since it actually grossed more money than the first one. However, in an interesting inversion of the "theatrical movie gets released straight-to-video in foreign territories", some countries (such as the United Kingdom) gave it a threatical release.

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* Unlike After the previous first two films in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' series, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' will be screened on ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' series had limited theatrical runs, future films and specials were regulated to streaming services or television before going straight to video. This may have something to do with either the ''Creator/TheHub'' changing into Creator/DiscoveryFamily or due to Creator/{{Hasbro}} working on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony2017'', as the second EQG film didn't do poorly The third film, ''Friendship Games'' did receive a theatrical release in the box office, since it actually grossed more money than the first one. However, in an interesting inversion of the "theatrical movie gets released straight-to-video in foreign territories", some countries (such as the United Kingdom) gave it a threatical release.Kingdom, however.
10th Apr '18 1:56:42 PM RacattackForce
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** Ironically there are a couple Disney sequels that have gotten theatrical runs: ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'', ''Disney/PeterPan: Disney/ReturnToNeverLand'', and ''Disney/JungleBook 2''. This was meant to continue with ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'' and ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' (hence why they have higher production values) but due to the disappointment of the previous two films, they followed the Direct-to-DVD tread. However, some others like ''Disney/BambiII'' (also higher production value) still got theatrical releases in regions such as Europe.

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** Ironically there are There have been a couple Disney sequels that have gotten theatrical runs: ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'', ''Disney/PeterPan: Disney/ReturnToNeverLand'', and ''Disney/JungleBook 2''. This was meant The financial failure of ''The Rescuers Down Under'' resulted in the start of the company's Direct-to-Video trend in the 1990s. The failure of the latter two convinced the company to continue with it in the 2000s, abandoning plans for theatrical releases of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'' and ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'' (hence why they have higher production values) but due to the disappointment of the previous two films, they followed the Direct-to-DVD tread. values)[[note]] However, some others like ''Disney/BambiII'' (also higher production value) still got theatrical releases runs in regions such as Europe.Europe[[/note]]. The company plans to attempt theatrical sequels once more starting with ''Disney/RalphBreaksTheInternetWreckItRalph2''.
10th Apr '18 1:41:36 PM RacattackForce
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Sometimes, things that were originally intended to be Direct to Video end up getting retrofitted to show on television or in theaters. Usually, only some minimal editing is done to make it fit for theaters, but there have been cases where the project was intervened midway and beefed up to make it quite a bit better. An example of the former is ''WesternAnimation/Dougs1stMovie'', which was put into theaters after the success of ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie''. A famous example of the latter is ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', on which Creator/{{Pixar}} expanded tremendously for its theatrical release, along with another Disney film, ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut''. More recently, ''Honey 2'' - intended as a DirectToVideo movie (which is still the case in North America) got a European theatrical release first

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Sometimes, things that were originally intended to be Direct to Video end up getting retrofitted to show on television or in theaters. Usually, only some minimal editing is done to make it fit for theaters, but there have been cases where the project was intervened midway and beefed up to make it quite a bit better. An example of the former is ''WesternAnimation/Dougs1stMovie'', which was put into theaters after the success of ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie''. A famous example of the latter is ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', on which Creator/{{Pixar}} expanded tremendously for its theatrical release, along with another Disney film, ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut''. More recently, ''Honey 2'' - intended as a DirectToVideo movie (which is still the case in North America) got a European theatrical release first
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In short, while "direct-to-video" means "too bad for theaters" in the West, OVA means "too good for a TV series" in the East. This might be changing with the rise of {{Creator/Netflix}}'s original programming. Netflix originals are technically "direct-to-video" but have high production values and A-list talent on par with cable series, so the stigma against direct-to-video might fade. Indeed, some, like
''Series/StrangerThings'' have become quite popular and well-respected in their own right.

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In short, while "direct-to-video" means "too bad for theaters" in the West, OVA means "too good for a TV series" television" in the East. This might However, this may be changing with the rise of {{Creator/Netflix}}'s original programming. Netflix originals are technically "direct-to-video" but have high programming for streaming services like {{Creator/Netflix}} and {{Creator/Hulu}} during the 2010s, with shows like ''Series/StrangerThings'' boasting production values and A-list talent on par with cable series, so the stigma against offerings.

With digital video discs [[TechnologyMarchesOn being slowly replaced]] by WebVideo and digital download, along with theatrical quality films seeing public releases through streaming services,
direct-to-video might fade. Indeed, some, like
''Series/StrangerThings'' have
has become quite popular and well-respected more loosely defined as any film that skips theaters for a release through streaming or the general web[[note]] Although streaming titles may be re-labeled as TV movies in their own right.
the future given that streaming is currently beating out cable TV; [[TemptingFate but time will only tell]][[/note]]. This can also apply to any non "free-to-watch on the web" series that skips a cable or streaming run for a strict release through digital download; which is usually secondary for TV shows after completing a run (although this method is incredibly rare).



With digital video discs [[TechnologyMarchesOn being slowly replaced]] by WebVideo and digital download, along with theatrical quality films seeing public releases through streaming services, direct-to-video has become more loosely defined as any film that skips theaters for a release through streaming or the general web[[note]] Although streaming titles may be re-labeled as TV movies in the future given that streaming is currently beating out cable TV; [[TemptingFate but time will only tell]][[/note]]. This can also apply to any non "free-to-watch on the web" series that skips a cable or streaming run for a strict release through digital download; which is usually secondary for TV shows after completing a run (although this method is incredibly rare).
7th Apr '18 6:03:33 PM nombretomado
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* All UsefulNotes/{{Nollywood}} movies are like this, although with the rising popularity of streaming many of them are now direct to YouTube or similar sites.

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* All UsefulNotes/{{Nollywood}} movies are like this, although with the rising popularity of streaming many of them are now direct to YouTube Website/YouTube or similar sites.
2nd Apr '18 9:06:29 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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2nd Apr '18 8:59:24 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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With DVDs [[TechnologyMarchesOn being slowly replaced]] by WebVideo and digital download, along with theatrical quality films seeing public releases through streaming services, direct-to-video has become more loosely defined as any film that skips theaters for a release through streaming or the general web[[note]] Although streaming titles may be re-labeled as TV movies in the future given that streaming is currently beating out cable TV; [[TemptingFate but time will only tell]][[/note]]. This can also apply to any non "free-to-watch on the web" series that skips a cable or streaming run for a strict release through digital download; which is usually secondary for TV shows after completing a run (although this method is incredibly rare).

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With DVDs digital video discs [[TechnologyMarchesOn being slowly replaced]] by WebVideo and digital download, along with theatrical quality films seeing public releases through streaming services, direct-to-video has become more loosely defined as any film that skips theaters for a release through streaming or the general web[[note]] Although streaming titles may be re-labeled as TV movies in the future given that streaming is currently beating out cable TV; [[TemptingFate but time will only tell]][[/note]]. This can also apply to any non "free-to-watch on the web" series that skips a cable or streaming run for a strict release through digital download; which is usually secondary for TV shows after completing a run (although this method is incredibly rare).
2nd Apr '18 8:57:31 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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With dvds [[TechnologyMarchesOn being slowly replaced]] by WebVideo and digital download, along with theatrical quality films seeing public releases through streaming services, direct-to-video has become more loosely defined as any film that skips theaters for a release through streaming or the general web[[note]] Although streaming titles may be re-labeled as TV movies in the future given that streaming is currently beating out cable TV; [[TemptingFate but time will only tell]][[/note]]. This can also apply to any non "free-to-watch on the web" series that skips a cable or streaming run for a strict release through digital download; which is usually secondary for TV shows after completing a run (although this method is incredibly rare).

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With dvds DVDs [[TechnologyMarchesOn being slowly replaced]] by WebVideo and digital download, along with theatrical quality films seeing public releases through streaming services, direct-to-video has become more loosely defined as any film that skips theaters for a release through streaming or the general web[[note]] Although streaming titles may be re-labeled as TV movies in the future given that streaming is currently beating out cable TV; [[TemptingFate but time will only tell]][[/note]]. This can also apply to any non "free-to-watch on the web" series that skips a cable or streaming run for a strict release through digital download; which is usually secondary for TV shows after completing a run (although this method is incredibly rare).
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