You No Longer Have to Wait in Line to See (Most of) San Diego Comic Con's Hall H Panels

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 11:37AM
San Diego Comic Con
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 11:37AM
You No Longer Have to Wait in Line to See (Most of) San Diego Comic Con's Hall H Panels
From getting tickets to Hotepocalypse, San Diego Comic Con can often feel like one blood pressure spike after another, but actually getting to the ultimate geek event is only half the struggle. Once you're there, the biggest names are often locked behind a wall of fellow con-goers who all apparently have slightly more desire to see them than you do. Nowhere is that more the case than with SDCC's fabled Hall H. To gain access to the sprawling room where all the big movie studios present, you'll often have to endure up to and beyond 24 hours of waiting in line. Some see it as character building, others actually enjoy the camaraderie that develops over those chilly San Diego evenings, but others simply stay away.

But those lines might become a thing of the past, because Comic Con International just revealed that their new TV channel will be streaming Hall H panels on the Internet, shortly after all the action unfolds, meaning you can see all the drama unfold from the comfort of your own home.

In an interview with /Film Seth Laderman, the man behind CCI's new TV channel, Comic Con HQ, all but confirmed the channel would provide access to Hall H's biggest presentations.

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"That is the big question," said Laderman. "The short answer is yes. We're going to be working with every single studio, every single panel host to be able to take the content and put it on our platform. We're not going to be live streaming anything because we really don't want to take away that experience of people who are the first to see and be there for it, but we can put things up shortly after."
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Ok, so it's not going to be live, but this is still great news for the folks who are curious to see what all the fuss is about. After all, the nature of Hall H programming has, and always will be, a tricky one to deal with. In an effort to prevent leaks, suited beefcakes with nightvision goggles patrol the aisles whenever new footage is being shown, and while this is often ineffective, this shows it's unlikely that any of the studios will permit their footage to appear on Comic Con HQ, even if there is a delay. More likely what you'll get to see is the fun and banter from the inevitably Chris Hardwick-hosted Q&A's with some of the world's biggest geek icons.

This seems like a nice balance. Nothing can replace the thrill of being in Hall H, and nothing should. Comic Cons are, for the most part, for the fans. If people want to line-up for hours upon end to see something from a studio, they should be rewarded with those epic Hall H moments. Equally, if people want a taster of the SDCC action, Comic Con HQ is the perfect outlet for snippets of Q&A's with the big personalities. 

Despite the Hall H question being the one that everyone wanted to ask when CCI and Lionsgate announce Comic Con HQ, Laderman insists that the new channel will benefit those who want to see the smaller, more niche panels that are so often missed.

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"To me it's not so much just about Hall H because there are hundreds of panels. I still want to get cameras in the smallest rooms because they may not have the broadest audience out there but it's still an important part of what Comic-Con is and I want to be able to allow everybody to see everything."
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Comic Con HQ opens up on May 7th (Free Comicbook Day) on browser and mobile platforms, but keep an eye out for an app to land on streaming boxes like Apple TV and Roku in the near future.
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