For years San Diego Comic Con has been known for the mind-blowing exclusives shown in the mythical Hall H. However recent years have seen these exclusives leak out by idiots who film them with their phone for a few seconds of internet fame. Now those pirates may have ruined SDCC for everyone.
The Wrap reports that 20th Century Fox is pulling out of Hall H this year specifically due to piracy of their exclusive trailers:
“The studio feels it cannot prevent the piracy of custom trailers and exclusive footage routinely screened for fans in attendance, an individual familiar with the decision told TheWrap.”
Stuff leaking from Hall H has become an even bigger problem in recent years due to live streaming apps such as Periscope. Last year the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens Behind the Scenes footage was streamed via Periscope, even though Disney did release it officially immediately after the panel. Even bigger than that was the famous leak of the Suicide Squad footage, which forced Warner to officially release it due to the wide-spread piracy.
There’s an easy solution to all this, but it’s not really an option due to how Comic Con runs Hall H. Other conventions, such as Disney’s D23 Expo, will actually seal people’s phones in plastic bags to prevent them from filming anything. Comic Con won’t do that with Hall H due to people camping out in there for ten hours for certain panels, and they want people using social media to hype people up for the convention.
So unless SDCC decides to adopt security measures that other cons like D23 use, Fox won’t be the first major studio to not show any big exclusives to the Hall H crowd…