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Warner Bros cock-blocks their DVDs on Netflix

01.06.2010

28 days later. Not just a London filled with bloodthirsty virus victims, but also how long you'll have to wait for Warner Bros. movie to be available for DVD rental.

If you're the type of person who schedules your Netflix returns on Saturday in the hopes of snagging the following Tuesday's new releases, the red envelope won't be arriving with anything from WB.

The studio has instituted a four-week window before their movies will hit the popular click-rental company in an attempt to slow the bleeding of the DVD business (the companies have been negotiating an agreement since August). Until then, their movies will only be available for purchase, VOD, legal download and rental at Blockbuster, which I actually didn't realize still existed.

Ironically, this news arrived shortly before WB's celebratory press release that THE HANGOVER is the #1 comedy DVD of all time "with combined consumer and rental sales topping 8.6 million units with 1.5 million units coming from Blu-ray purchases."

Extra Tidbit: Sweet shiny saucers, I've been a Netflix member for nearly 12 years!
Source: LA Times

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2:30PM on 01/07/2010
Talk about a giant "fuck you" to their customers. I hope they are ready to see a massive flux of torrenting of their movies.
Talk about a giant "fuck you" to their customers. I hope they are ready to see a massive flux of torrenting of their movies.
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1:33PM on 01/07/2010
The real issue I have is when this business model gets applied in a digital copy only world. You'll be able to buy the movie and download it for $20. 28 days later you'll be able to rent it for $3. 100 days later you'll be able to stream it as part of your paid subscription. And there won't be a physical option.
The real issue I have is when this business model gets applied in a digital copy only world. You'll be able to buy the movie and download it for $20. 28 days later you'll be able to rent it for $3. 100 days later you'll be able to stream it as part of your paid subscription. And there won't be a physical option.
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7:46AM on 01/07/2010

Lmao Blockbuster.

The last 2 in my hometown just closed this week. Good riddence, I'm a cheap bastard right now so a like $10 yearly fee just to have the opportunity to rent movies? Thanks, but I'll take my local RedBox and my Netflix subscription anyday.

Also, way to be gay WB.
The last 2 in my hometown just closed this week. Good riddence, I'm a cheap bastard right now so a like $10 yearly fee just to have the opportunity to rent movies? Thanks, but I'll take my local RedBox and my Netflix subscription anyday.

Also, way to be gay WB.
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4:47AM on 01/07/2010
Do they really think someone is going to go out and buy the DVD just because they have to wait an extra month to rent it? If you're waiting for DVD to see a movie you've already waited 6 months since it was in the theatre. What's one more?
Do they really think someone is going to go out and buy the DVD just because they have to wait an extra month to rent it? If you're waiting for DVD to see a movie you've already waited 6 months since it was in the theatre. What's one more?
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2:35AM on 01/07/2010

25 days?

Hmm. @darkface. Perhaps if you didn't pick such lame mainstream movies you wouldn't have this issues.
Hmm. @darkface. Perhaps if you didn't pick such lame mainstream movies you wouldn't have this issues.
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1:04AM on 01/07/2010

25 Days...

It takes almost 25 days to receive anything in my top 5 anyways. Netflix always has them on "Long wait" or "Short wait". I love netflix, but that bugs the hell out of me :(
It takes almost 25 days to receive anything in my top 5 anyways. Netflix always has them on "Long wait" or "Short wait". I love netflix, but that bugs the hell out of me :(
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11:01PM on 01/06/2010
are they really trying to get blockbuster more business?? this is terrible. the only one who loses is netflix as their core customers start to lose interest.
are they really trying to get blockbuster more business?? this is terrible. the only one who loses is netflix as their core customers start to lose interest.
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10:38PM on 01/06/2010
Ok, I know that WB has a majority of morons steering the ship, but this is just stupid. Essentially WB is singling out a business and trying to handicap it. Which is illegal and the kind of stuff that antitrust suits are made of...just ask Microsoft.
Ok, I know that WB has a majority of morons steering the ship, but this is just stupid. Essentially WB is singling out a business and trying to handicap it. Which is illegal and the kind of stuff that antitrust suits are made of...just ask Microsoft.
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11:01PM on 01/06/2010
netflix agreed to it. they are equally at fault imho.
netflix agreed to it. they are equally at fault imho.
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