WB, HBO Continue To Suck At Economics; New Policies Encourage Piracy
from the do-they-not-realize-this? dept
It appears that WB is implicitly admitting that the strategy of delaying the rental period of a movie by 28 days has been a total failure, in the decision to increase the delay to 56 days. They're basically admitting that not enough people were "buying" in those 28 days... so they somehow think that doubling the wait will increase the purchases. It won't. If people really want to pay the extra money to buy the DVD, they're likely to do so pretty early on. It's not like they're waiting 50 days in and then saying "gee, I can't rent the movie, so I'll just pay a lot more money than necessary to own an obsolete piece of plastic."
Meanwhile, HBO, coming out of the same corporate lineage as WB, has decided to stop selling Netflix the DVDs of its shows. Netflix, of course, notes that it can get these DVDs from other sources, but it makes you wonder what HBO thinks it's accomplishing here. Pissing off its fans on Netflix by trying to force them into HBO's own annoying walled garden doesn't help build fans. And if it does actually lead to Netflix not offering HBO shows, then as plenty of commentators quickly noted, all they're really doing is encouraging more infringement.
This is basic stuff at this point. Not offering your content in simple, legitimate formats that the customers want doesn't help you at all. It just drives people to infringe. How does that help in any way, shape or form?