Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox Others Wait Longer For Discs

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  1. Magnificent Mr. Hole

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/warner-brothers-netflix-redbox-blockbuster_n_1189112.html


    By Peter Kafka, Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer for New Movies via All Things D

    Want to watch a new movie just out on DVD from Warner Brothers? You're going to have to buy it, or wait even longer to get it from Netflix or other disc renters.

    A new deal between Time Warner's movie studio and Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster will double the "window" for new releases. That means the services will now have to wait 56 days after the discs first go on sale to offer them to their customers, instead of 28 days.

    The move is part of Hollywood's ongoing campaign to bolster flagging DVD sales, and sources tell me the new deal is supposed to be announced at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Warner Brothers executives have already talked publicly about extending the current window.

    This is the second time that Warner has been able to get the rental services to wait before distributing its movies.

    In 2010, it struck deals with Netflix, and later Coinstar's Redbox, to wait 28 days before renting its new discs. Coinstar and Netflix later landed similar pacts with most of the other big studios. (Coinstar did up end up in legal battles with Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox, which like this Web site is owned by News Corp.)


    Two years ago, Netflix was able to argue that by delaying access to DVDs, it was able to get its hands on more streaming content, and lower prices for the discs it did buy. This time around, though, Warner won't be granting any additional digital rights to the studios. It will simply be offering them the ability to buy discs in bulk, at a significant discount to retail pricing, like they already do.


    Earlier today, news broke that HBO, another Time Warner unit, would stop selling its DVDs to Netflix altogether, but sources tell me the two moves aren't directly related. Next week's planned announcement is supposed to be tied to Warner Brothers' continuing push for Ultraviolet, an industry consortium that's supposed to allow home video buyers to watch their purchases on multiple machines, in multiple formats.


    Reps for Time Warner, Coinstar, Netflix and Blockbuster parent company Dish Network declined to comment.
     
  2. wicked smaaaht

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    :nocheer: bastards
     
  3. Mark Mayonnaise

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    True Story. I've never used Netflix or Redbox. I either see the movie first run or have obtained it through "other" means. Fucking Blockbuster turned me off of the rental disks. Half there's wouldn't play all the way through.
     
  5. Mark Mayonnaise

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    Netflix streaming changed my life :cheer:
     
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    word
     
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    There is a Netflix/Walmart class action lawsuit. If you get an email, follow the link and opt in.
     
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    They enticed me to go to Demonoid.
     
  9. FtM

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    Just resubscribed to Netflix and got streaming service. Their selection is crap. I watched afew movies that I normally wouldn't have because of the awful selection. Otherwise, I watch old episodes of "King of the Hill" and Trailer Park Boys" and James Bond movies that I've seen already when I'm bored. The only stuff now that I'm watching that's new to me is episodes of "Louie" and "Sons of Anarchy". Will probably end my subsciption in 3 months.
     
  10. NiggalissCage

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    Trying to get any new release from Netflix was an exercise in futility as it was.
     
  11. NiggalissCage

    NiggalissCage Well-Known Member

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    How is that? You realized their selection sucked so much ass that you actually left the house and got some fresh air?
     
  12. doughhead63

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    Dude, use these sites to help you find stuff to watch

    http://instantwatcher.com/

    http://www.thenowhereman.com/netflix/
     
  14. fenderbaum

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    Their loss, I will find other things to watch.
     
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    Yup...how the hell are ya? Fucking 45 degrees here, no snow on the ground...we are gonna get our asses buried in Feb/March:facepalm: