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read well super heroes and aliens battle on the big screen a behind the scenes fight is raging in Hollywood that will determine what you see at the theater at issue how long movie should play exclusively in theaters before being released on DVD or digital that period of time known as the theatrical window currently averages ninety days but Netflix and Amazon think it should be less and theater owners fearing a loss of business are fighting back at the heart of this as the question of how do you define a movie that's Reuters reporter Lisa rich one who notes that the whole debate has opened a can of worms when it comes to Hollywood films there have to be some rules there are so many high quality programs on streaming services on cable and movie theaters and somebody needs to come up with a definition at least for the Oscar is to determine what do you call a movie that gets Oscars and then when you call the TV show they can qualify for enemies director Steven Spielberg has taken a traditional approach telling a British news program last year that films of you to mostly on streaming services should win enemies not Oscars that would have disqualified Netflix's acclaimed film Roma which won three Academy Awards and streamed just three weeks after its limited theatrical release a big test will be later this year with the release of a film called the Irishman directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Al Pacino and Robert deniro the mob drama is the kind of event film audiences have relish seeing in theaters but it's produced by Netflix de Niro telling Reuters even he's conflicted about where it should play they do what they do the stream but the same time we are going to have theatrical and we're working it out so we can have as much theatrical as possible yet their understanding that they don't wanna make it %HESITATION you know they're not going to cover their nose to spite their face another plot to , S. comes this week when the Walt Disney company a Titan of the box office unveils details of its new streaming service how the debate gets resolved is unclear but there may be a happy ending for all ticket sales and twenty eighteen reached a record forty one billion dollars globally even as Netflix released ninety movies for streaming