NATO (National Association of Theatre Owners) has dismissed the rumours about creating threat for the screening of Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part II by major studios like Universal, Sony, Warner Bros and Fox. NATO President John Fithian has said that the organization does not have the capability to encourage its members to boycott films in Video-on-Demand dispute.
Rumours started making rounds after The Guardian published an article on April 13 about the cinema operators boycotting the screening of Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part II. But later it was edited after NATO requested the news daily to set its details right in the report.
Now, President of NATO has released a statement to shut down the rumours. The statement read, "The National Association of Theatre Owners does not and could not encourage its members to engage in any boycotts of any movies distributed by any company. Recent press reports to the contrary are completely false."
The statement added, "NATO has often articulated our concerns about the possible release of 'premium VOD' movies in an early window. Our association issued statements on June 16, 2010 and again on March 31, 2011 regarding those concerns. But as our 2010 statement made clear, 'individual theater companies must and will make decisions about release window changes in their own company's interest.' NATO cannot and will not make those decisions for them."