Movie Industry

by Mike Masnick

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delays, movies, rentals

paramount, redbox

Redbox Realizing That Caving To Hollywood On 28-Day Delay Was A Bad Idea

from the duh dept

We were pretty surprised when Redbox caved in to the Hollywood studios, and agreed to annoy its customers with a ridiculous 28-day delay. We had many commenters say that people wouldn't care and it wasn't much of a big deal. However, the company is now admitting that the 28-day delay resulted in much lower holiday rentals than it had expected. Meanwhile, the only studio that has publicly released information about how its experiments with the 28-day delay went, Paramount, has said that such delays are bad for business, as it doesn't increase sales of DVDs, and that allowing Redbox to rent movies sooner actually helped the studio (and Redbox) make more money. So why do we still have those delays?

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2011 @ 7:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Collusion?

    The Paramount comments were made before things changed. They have not said anything since it has changed, but since the situation has changed, we cannot assume their opinion remains the same.

    All I was pointing out was that using a 7 month old quote from a single company before the change was made is somewhat misleading. We don't know their opinion now, do we?

    The old article was valid, 7 months ago. Situations have changed, so they may no longer apply.

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