Just received this from Midwest Tapes:


We have recently learned that Warner Home Video will no longer distribute
theatrical releases to libraries or home video rental stores until 28 days
after they release the movies for sale at retailers. This Warner Home Video
policy applies to all public libraries and video rental outlets such as
Redbox, Netflix, and Blockbuster.

In addition to being released 28 days after the retail version, Warner's
rental version DVDs and Blu-rays will not contain bonus features or extras.
However, we understand that there will be a significant price reduction for
these products, apparently amounting to an average $4 per DVD title and $8
per Blu-ray title.

Warner Home Video has announced that it may seek to enforce its new policy
by auditing its distribution partners' sales. Additionally, Warner may
require retailers, like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, to limit the
number of copies of a new release that may be sold to a single customer.

Please note that Warner's new policy will only impact titles that have a
theatrical release, perhaps amounting to about 12 titles per year.
Non-theatrical Warner releases will not be affected by this policy.

Below are the first three Warner theatrical titles affected. Note that
Warner's rental versions will feature rental artwork.




Ralph Tomlinson
Audio-visual/reference librarian
Adult Services
Olathe Public Library
201 E. Park Street
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 971-6850

First 3 DVDs mentioned  in the release are: Crazy Stupid Love, Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Hangover Part 2.


Seems like not that long ago some studios were discussing simultaneous
release. Letter-writing campaign, anyone?




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