Hi John, I don't have an answer but this is the subject of my next editorial. "13" is one of the most high-profile Netflix titles to date and I agree with you concerning doubts as to whether it will be released on DVD anytime soon. "Beasts of No Nations" has yet to appear on DVD, nor has the Oscar-nominated "Winter on FIre." Netflix's "Whatever Happened, Miss Simone?" finally got a DVD release.
I think we are starting to see a growing exclusives war with Netflix, Amazon, and others who don't necessarily have a huge incentive in releasing titles on a physical format. When we received the press release from Sony for Todd Solondz's latest, "Wiener-Dog," it only mentioned a digital release for this Amazon production (actually, you can buy an unannounced manufacture-on-demand DVD or Blu-ray of the film from Amazon). And while I am personally thrilled that Turner is launching a new SVOD service that will feature Criterion titles and other classics, I worry that we are going to continue to see a kind of balkanization in commercial streaming services similar to cable, with libraries having access problems to major exclusive titles--like "13." I am definitely curious to hear what others think. Best, Randy Randy Pitman Publisher/Editor Video Librarian 3435 NE Nine Boulder Dr. Poulsbo, WA 98370 Tel: (360) 626-1259 Fax (360) 626-1260 E-mail: vid...@videolibrarian.com Web: www.videolibrarian.com -----Original Message----- From: John Vallier Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 2:38 PM To: email@example.com Subject: [Videolib] 13th and online-only issue Collective Wisdom, I’m trying to purchase a physical copy of, or institutional streaming rights for, 13th , Ava DuVernay’s new documentary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13th_(film) It’s a Netlfix distributed film, which makes me cringe as I have my doubts that it will be released on DVD or distributed to .edus. I’m hoping you can tell me I am wrong. This issue — online only media that is unavailable to .edu institutions — is one I’m encountering with greater frequency. I’m imagining some of you are, too, so I thought I would send an update on an IMLS funded project that colleagues and I had over the past few years. It focussed on the proliferation of online-only music (i.e., streaming or download only, no physical format availability) and libraries' inability to purchase such content b/c of licensing agreements that allow individual use and, on the flip-side, forbid institutional use. Same as the Netflix streaming only releases. This article highlights our project: Tsou, J. & Vallier, J. "Ether Today, Gone Tomorrow: 21st Century Sound Recording Collection in Crisis." Notes 72.3 (2016): 461-483. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Sep. 2016. <https://muse.jhu.edu/article/608905> Unfortunately, we failed to find a solution, but I’m hoping some of you have ideas on how to address this challenge as it relates to video in particular. Thanks, John —————————————————— JOHN VALLIER Head, Distributed Media Services Affiliate Assistant Prof, Ethnomusicology University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2900 ————————— 206-616-1210 vall...@uw.edu http://faculty.washington.edu/vallier VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors. VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.