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Slamming the Barn Door

January 5, 2012 19:41:30.159

If the movie industry thinks that putting a bigger wait in front of Netflix and Redbox will bring back DVD sales, they are deeply, deeply confused:

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.

For the most part, movies aren't like music - most of us won't watch most movies more than once. Which means that Netflix or Redbox are the optimum choice. A bought DVD is expensive, takes up space, and is only watched once anyway.

The entire industry desperately needs a clue...

posted by James Robertson


Re: Slamming the Barn Door

[anonymous] January 6, 2012 8:28:58.306

Have to somewhat disagree with you here. In their younger days, my kids could watch "Anastasia" like an ancient Roman -ie, "ad infinitum, ad nauseum".

Re: Slamming the Barn Door

[James Robertson] January 6, 2012 10:12:38.068

Kids, yes. The rest of us, not so much.

Re: Slamming the Barn Door

[Todd Edwin King] January 6, 2012 10:34:27.868

I think this will only serve to increase the amount of pirated copies of movies once they are available on disc.

Personally, there are not many movies that I "must see" that I didn't go to the theater to see in the first place.

Outside of "baby sitting" movies, movies rarely get watched more than once. I have a few cherished movies that I watch at most once a year, others every few years...and I've converted them all to my iTunes library anyway...

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