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Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

Old 08-21-09, 11:40 AM
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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
FYI - Wal-Mart recently cut back on Blu-ray titles at most of their stores. And high-volume are typical Day and Date titles. Catalog titles may only sell a few thousand copies a month even if its 'new to Blu'.
And it was only last year when they expanded that section because it was the way of the future. You know, the place where we'll spend the rest of our lives.
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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

Originally Posted by Mister Peepers
And it was only last year when they expanded that section because it was the way of the future. You know, the place where we'll spend the rest of our lives.
Somehow I doubt that any Wal-Mart store ever had a healthy selection of Laserdisc or S-VHS or any other niche format.

Blu-ray is not a niche format, if only because of the PS3, which Sony expects to sell 150 million units of by its ninth year on the market.
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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

Originally Posted by DivxGuy
Somehow I doubt that any Wal-Mart store ever had a healthy selection of Laserdisc or S-VHS or any other niche format.

Blu-ray is not a niche format, if only because of the PS3, which Sony expects to sell 150 million units of by its ninth year on the market.
VHS was not that much a consumer product though. Besides some titles studios put out they did not have Day and Dates 3 months (I'm sure there were some though) after release and the prices were pretty high. It's a totally different ballgame.
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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

Originally Posted by DivxGuy
which Sony expects to sell 150 million units of by its ninth year on the market.
Sony has expected a lot of things in terms of sales with the PS3. Those expectations have usually not come true.
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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

Originally Posted by Mister Peepers
Sony has expected a lot of things in terms of sales with the PS3. Those expectations have usually not come true.
Same can also be said about Blu-ray where they continue to lower their hardware/software expectations.
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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

The only studio release on S-VHS that I know of was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which came with some S-VHS decks. I was sort of hoping for that format to take off and replace laserdisc since I didn't like the side breaks on those, but twas not to be.
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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

Redbox sues WB over release window

Backed by court approval to proceed with an antitrust suit against Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Redbox threw another punch at the major studios, suing Warner Home Video on similar grounds.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, is in response to Warner’s move last week to delay selling titles to the largest U.S. movie-rental kiosk operator until four weeks after their street date. Universal and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are imposing similar delays on Redbox and other DVD rental kiosk operators. Redbox also is suing Fox. The three studios represented a combined 40% of the DVD rental market, according to Rentrak.

Coinstar-owned Redbox called the suit an effort to “protect consumers’ rights to access” to new titles. “Warner Home Video’s actions come at the expense of consumers,” Mitch Lowe, president of Redbox, said in a statement.

Executives at Warner couldn’t immediately be reached.

Redbox on Monday got a greenlight from U.S. District Court judge Robert Kugler to pursue its lawsuit against Universal on antitrust grounds. The judge did grant Universal dismissal of counts related to copyright misuse and interference with Redbox’s business relationships with vid wholesalers Ingram Entertainment and VPD.

Like the earlier two actions, Redbox’s new suit against Warner charges the studio with copyright misuse, tortious interference with business relationships and multiple antitrust violations. As in the other actions, the retailer is seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages.

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Re: Are Studios legally liable for discrimination against DVD consumers?

That's just funny and somewhat serious.

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