PETALING JAYA: Two cinemagoers are believed to have streamed a new Malay movie using Facebook Live recently.
The use of the FB Live video streaming facility by the two people when watching “Kau Yang Satu” is believed to have drawn 200,000 viewers, with the movie’s producers telling Astro Awani that it had incurred losses close to RM2 million.
In the past, popular movies used to be secretly filmed in cinemas and later sold as bootleg DVDs.
The FB Live incident is possibly the first time a movie has been illegally captured live from a cinema directly on an FB user’s page in Malaysia. It is not known if such an incident has happened anywhere else in the world as yet.
FB Live was introduced on April 6, 2016 and became notably famous three months later when it was used to live stream a police shooting of a black man in Minnesota, in the United States.
Astro Awani said the producers of the Malay movie had not revealed the name of the cinema involved.
Normally, ushers monitor and ensure nobody records the movie while it was being shown.
“Kau Yang Satu”, which was directed by Osman Ali and jointly produced by Global Station, AstroShaw and Nuansa, was released on July 27.
Khairul Anwar Salleh, Astro’s Malay Business Division vice-president told Astro Awani the FB Live act could have cost the company RM2 million in cinema ticket sales.
“Based on the fact that the recording was seen by 200,000 people, at a ticket price of RM10, the producers have suffered losses of RM2 million,” he told the portal.
He slammed the individuals for their irresponsible act which he said will affect the Malay film industry.
However, he was gratified by the support he had received from those in the industry.
The producers have filed a police report about the illegal transmission and copying of the movie.
The romantic movie stars Aaron Aziz, Izara Aisyah and Soo Wincci. It was adapted from a popular novel by Nia Azalea.