Will the coronavirus change the way we watch films?

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US-Chinese actress Yifei Liu attends the world premiere of Disney's "Mulan" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 9.Image copyrightGetty Images

The closure of cinemas across the US and China has forced film studios to rethink the way they screen movies.

During the peak of the outbreak in China one major movie went straight to an online platform and was seen by more than half a billion viewers.

US film studios could follow suit, and are already launching movies online at the same time as theatre releases.

The industry is facing losses of up to $15bn (£13bn) this year due to the pandemic, according to one expert.

The US and China are the world’s biggest movie-watching markets, based on box office sales. Both countries have seen severe disruptions from the coronavirus with widespread closures of cinemas.