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Netflix new releases also get delayed by Fox and Universal

04.10.2010

Just a few months ago, Warner Bros. initiated a four-week delay before their new DVD releases would be available via the popular click-rental company Netflix.

Now other studios are hoping to slow the bleeding of the DVD business by incorporating a similar window. Fox and Universal will both also now keep their new releases off Netflix's virtual shelves for 28 days after release.

The theoretical upside of the new situation is that Netflix will have an expanded catalog of instantly available streaming content from both companies, although "Fox will have the ability to determine the window on its content in both the physical and streaming formats."

The biggest impact this will have in the immediate future is that you'll have to wait an extra month if you wanted to rent AVATAR rather than buy the first of what is undoubtedly several DVD releases. Jim Cameron's blockbuster hits stores on April 22nd, if you don't want to wait.

The first major Universal release to be affected by the 28-day delay is IT'S COMPLICATED, which may also cause you some emotional distress.

Extra Tidbit: This is havoc for anyone who plans their Netflix returns on Saturday in the hopes of snagging the following Tuesday's new releases...
Source: Netflix

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7:03PM on 04/12/2010
Maybe the reason for the downward DVD market is all the absolute shit that is getting released in theaters.
Maybe the reason for the downward DVD market is all the absolute shit that is getting released in theaters.
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6:58PM on 04/12/2010
I'm still waiting for Paranormal Activity and it's been on my list since before it was released.
I'm still waiting for Paranormal Activity and it's been on my list since before it was released.
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10:57AM on 04/12/2010
Doesn't really matter to me. By the time a new release makes it up to the top of my queue, it's been out for a couple months anyway. The new releases that I'm interested for this week are at position 40 and 41 in my queue. So 28 days does not really matter to me.

My only gripe with Netflix is to get more BluRay discs. I pay extra for that, so buy more! I've had The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds at the top of my queue for months now, on a "long wait." The first 10 or so movies in my
Doesn't really matter to me. By the time a new release makes it up to the top of my queue, it's been out for a couple months anyway. The new releases that I'm interested for this week are at position 40 and 41 in my queue. So 28 days does not really matter to me.

My only gripe with Netflix is to get more BluRay discs. I pay extra for that, so buy more! I've had The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds at the top of my queue for months now, on a "long wait." The first 10 or so movies in my queue are all on long or very long waits. Buy more BluRays!
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7:26AM on 04/12/2010
double post. dammit
double post. dammit
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7:25AM on 04/12/2010

And Downloads Will Soar

This is a brilliant idea. Lord knows that this will in no way result in more people that don't want to wait for Netflix to download the film.
This is a brilliant idea. Lord knows that this will in no way result in more people that don't want to wait for Netflix to download the film.
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1:46AM on 04/12/2010
Just buy the damn movies instead, the days of renting movies are dead now, its been 2 years since I rented a movie.
Just buy the damn movies instead, the days of renting movies are dead now, its been 2 years since I rented a movie.
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5:31PM on 04/11/2010

MEH

Over 80% of my Netflix rentals are ones that have been out a while, I rarely get new releases. If I want to see a movie I'll see it in theaters and buy it if I really loved it. Hell, all of my queue now are TV shows and Miyazaki films!!!

Also my local library has new release pretty quickly for free!
Over 80% of my Netflix rentals are ones that have been out a while, I rarely get new releases. If I want to see a movie I'll see it in theaters and buy it if I really loved it. Hell, all of my queue now are TV shows and Miyazaki films!!!

Also my local library has new release pretty quickly for free!
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4:56PM on 04/11/2010
This is a conspiracy from video store owners especially blockbuster video which are becoming extinct. Screw them!
This is a conspiracy from video store owners especially blockbuster video which are becoming extinct. Screw them!
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4:39PM on 04/11/2010
i was under the impression that this was just an industry shift in which DVD/Blu-Ray are fading away and downloading/streaming was the new format (much like how DVD took over from VHS.) Why try to slow that down? Its a faster way to get a movie, its easier, and should be cheaper because you don't have to purchase a physical thing.
i was under the impression that this was just an industry shift in which DVD/Blu-Ray are fading away and downloading/streaming was the new format (much like how DVD took over from VHS.) Why try to slow that down? Its a faster way to get a movie, its easier, and should be cheaper because you don't have to purchase a physical thing.
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4:17PM on 04/11/2010
I agree with the statement earlier about how if they made better movies then the dvd market wouldn't be dying.

this 28 day waiting period won't bother most movie fans. and those who still want to see a movie will probably just resort to downloading a rip of what they can't get through netflix, so i don't see this as a solution, but another desperate attempt at a dying animal to save itself. netflix's power comes from it's extensive library of old and obscure cinema classics. i'd much rather
I agree with the statement earlier about how if they made better movies then the dvd market wouldn't be dying.

this 28 day waiting period won't bother most movie fans. and those who still want to see a movie will probably just resort to downloading a rip of what they can't get through netflix, so i don't see this as a solution, but another desperate attempt at a dying animal to save itself. netflix's power comes from it's extensive library of old and obscure cinema classics. i'd much rather get a criterion movie to watch than the new release of avatar. blah.
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3:45PM on 04/11/2010
I'm not going to buy a shitty movie just because I can't wait the month to rent it. Besides that, there's a mom and pop video store two blocks from me where I could rent if I *really* needed to see a movie....which I never have had to before.

Stupid tactic.
I'm not going to buy a shitty movie just because I can't wait the month to rent it. Besides that, there's a mom and pop video store two blocks from me where I could rent if I *really* needed to see a movie....which I never have had to before.

Stupid tactic.
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1:59PM on 04/11/2010
I actually have no problem waiting 28 days after release as I have tons of other stuff (older flicks/foreign/tv shows) waiting in queue.
I actually have no problem waiting 28 days after release as I have tons of other stuff (older flicks/foreign/tv shows) waiting in queue.
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7:45AM on 04/11/2010
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4:31AM on 04/11/2010

Netflix

yes I to rent alot of older obscure movies from netflix, just to watch once. As for the newer movies yeah 1 month is really not a big deal, but you cant use netflix hoping to rent the brand new movie of the week, if you are you really aint taking advantage of there library of movies. As for the new movies unless you are absolutly dieing to have a copy of a dvd to watch non-stop then by all means buy it. But movies that I have done that to in the past, I now walk into used dvd stores and they
yes I to rent alot of older obscure movies from netflix, just to watch once. As for the newer movies yeah 1 month is really not a big deal, but you cant use netflix hoping to rent the brand new movie of the week, if you are you really aint taking advantage of there library of movies. As for the new movies unless you are absolutly dieing to have a copy of a dvd to watch non-stop then by all means buy it. But movies that I have done that to in the past, I now walk into used dvd stores and they are all over the shelves for $5 to $8. If I would of just waited for those I would of saved $15 bones. But this is obviously a ploy to try to make people purchase the New releases from the stores which it will work on some, but the ones who are patient can wait, because if there is a movie I want and if you wait too eventually all things come to he who waits and we can pick it up for a steal at $8 or less if you know the right spots that is.
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1:03AM on 04/11/2010

Doesn't Matter

New releases are for the phonies. You can get them anywhere. I use Netflix for the old films that are hard to find.
New releases are for the phonies. You can get them anywhere. I use Netflix for the old films that are hard to find.
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12:48AM on 04/11/2010
What is one month ? It used to take almost a year before movies were released on VHS. Now movies are released on DVD while they are still in theater. And what is waiting 5 months instead of 4. Stop crying, get your ass up and go to the video store if its such a big deal.
What is one month ? It used to take almost a year before movies were released on VHS. Now movies are released on DVD while they are still in theater. And what is waiting 5 months instead of 4. Stop crying, get your ass up and go to the video store if its such a big deal.
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11:49PM on 04/10/2010
This is such a blatant ploy to convince people to spend money on the DVD's instead of renting them. People are not going to want to wait a whole month to watch a movie so they're obviously going to buy them for the hell of it. Fucking greedy ass studios.
This is such a blatant ploy to convince people to spend money on the DVD's instead of renting them. People are not going to want to wait a whole month to watch a movie so they're obviously going to buy them for the hell of it. Fucking greedy ass studios.
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9:24PM on 04/10/2010
It's whatever, though I'm slightly annoyed by this, but there ain't nothing no one can do about it! Wasn't last year one of the biggest money making years for theatrical releases and the studios are still concerned about money? Well, Universal might be...
It's whatever, though I'm slightly annoyed by this, but there ain't nothing no one can do about it! Wasn't last year one of the biggest money making years for theatrical releases and the studios are still concerned about money? Well, Universal might be...
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5:46PM on 04/10/2010

Netflix Fan

You've really got to hand it to Netflix, though. First of all, they made a huge library of titles available for streaming to your laptop FOR FREE with your membership, when they could have easily approached it as a "for an additional $5.99 per month..." type of thing. Secondly, now you can stream the same titles to your Wii-connected TV with a disc that Netflix GIVES you, not sells you for an additional twenty bucks. Now my wife and I don't have to crowd around the laptop to watch Spartacus:
You've really got to hand it to Netflix, though. First of all, they made a huge library of titles available for streaming to your laptop FOR FREE with your membership, when they could have easily approached it as a "for an additional $5.99 per month..." type of thing. Secondly, now you can stream the same titles to your Wii-connected TV with a disc that Netflix GIVES you, not sells you for an additional twenty bucks. Now my wife and I don't have to crowd around the laptop to watch Spartacus: Blood and Sand every Friday night. Nice to see Netflix taking care of their customers when they could easily be dicks about it. Kudos, Netflix. I am a loyal fan.
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9:36PM on 04/10/2010
Agreed!
Agreed!
5:19PM on 04/10/2010
For the most part I don't mind the delay. There are plenty of movies to see and us Netflix folk will just be on a different schedule. I'm still not going to buy anything I don't see first.
For the most part I don't mind the delay. There are plenty of movies to see and us Netflix folk will just be on a different schedule. I'm still not going to buy anything I don't see first.
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5:17PM on 04/10/2010

No problem here

Unless you go with Neflix's 29-at-a-time plan, you have to wait a week or two for a new release half the time anyway, and if it helps the "bleeding" of the DVD business, then I'm all for it.

Also, if this really will make it so netflix will have "an expanded catalog of instantly available streaming content from both companies," then that is a great silver-lining to have. I might just get some use out of that feature after all.
Unless you go with Neflix's 29-at-a-time plan, you have to wait a week or two for a new release half the time anyway, and if it helps the "bleeding" of the DVD business, then I'm all for it.

Also, if this really will make it so netflix will have "an expanded catalog of instantly available streaming content from both companies," then that is a great silver-lining to have. I might just get some use out of that feature after all.
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4:34PM on 04/10/2010
If this delay is for online renting only, then this move might just save rental stores.
If this delay is for online renting only, then this move might just save rental stores.
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3:51PM on 04/10/2010

Wow...

Hopefully as soon as all the brick & mortar rental places are out of business because they failed to move into the new technologies that are available, maybe this will stop. I don't think that we should be punished because we moved forward and they didn't.
Hopefully as soon as all the brick & mortar rental places are out of business because they failed to move into the new technologies that are available, maybe this will stop. I don't think that we should be punished because we moved forward and they didn't.
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2:37PM on 04/10/2010

This really upsets me

I live in a nice city, 100k people. We -had- 2 Blockbusters and 2 Hollywood Videos; I had a Hollywood account along with my Netflix. Because of the economy, though, both Hollywood Videos shut down and 1 of the Blockbusters too (the 2nd soon I believe). So my city is not going to have any video stores to rent movies. Highly annoyed by this.
I live in a nice city, 100k people. We -had- 2 Blockbusters and 2 Hollywood Videos; I had a Hollywood account along with my Netflix. Because of the economy, though, both Hollywood Videos shut down and 1 of the Blockbusters too (the 2nd soon I believe). So my city is not going to have any video stores to rent movies. Highly annoyed by this.
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3:32PM on 04/10/2010
I live in a small town 25 000 and we have 2 or 3 video stores and you can also rent movies at convenient stores. I dont see how a town of 100k people have no video stores.
I live in a small town 25 000 and we have 2 or 3 video stores and you can also rent movies at convenient stores. I dont see how a town of 100k people have no video stores.
2:36PM on 04/10/2010

This really upsets me

I live in a nice city, 100k people. We -had- 2 Blockbusters and 2 Hollywood Videos; I had a Hollywood account along with my Netflix. Because of the economy, though, both Hollywood Videos shut down and 1 of the Blockbusters too (the 2nd soon I believe). So my city is not going to have any video stores to rent movies. Highly annoyed by this.
I live in a nice city, 100k people. We -had- 2 Blockbusters and 2 Hollywood Videos; I had a Hollywood account along with my Netflix. Because of the economy, though, both Hollywood Videos shut down and 1 of the Blockbusters too (the 2nd soon I believe). So my city is not going to have any video stores to rent movies. Highly annoyed by this.
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2:14PM on 04/10/2010

IF they made better movies...

Then I would be more inclined to buy them. Like I bought The Fantastic Mr. Fox a few weeks ago, and I RENTED The Men Who Stare At Goats. Renting is how people find out if a movie is worth buying or not. Delaying Rentals = Delaying Sales.
Then I would be more inclined to buy them. Like I bought The Fantastic Mr. Fox a few weeks ago, and I RENTED The Men Who Stare At Goats. Renting is how people find out if a movie is worth buying or not. Delaying Rentals = Delaying Sales.
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2:37PM on 04/10/2010
Agreed. I think they are just doing this so people will buy them since sales are down. I hate greed.
Agreed. I think they are just doing this so people will buy them since sales are down. I hate greed.
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