Yeah right. This won't drive anyone else to piracy who doesn't already know how to pirate. No one is going to spend the time waiting on a disc to arrive from Netflix or driving down to the store to go grab one out of a big red machine when they can just download it for free within minutes.
The only people who are upset about this are butthurt Netflix subscribers who are too incompetent to pirate and know they're going to have to wait or *gasp* actually pay a reasonable sum of money for their media that cost the studios millions to make!
If everyone rented and no one bought home video wouldn't exist. People who only rent leech off of buyers who actually support the studios. They make pennies from people who rent and hundreds of times more from just a single person who buys a $20 disc. When you rent you fork over your money to a middleman like Netflix, not to the people who actually made the shit you're watching.
Re: Yeah right. LULZ! Dude, You contradict! You criticize the Netflix subscriber (the viewer is telling Hollywood, lower the price, we aren't buying the greed) then call the product shit. Netflix licenses content from the studios. The studios missed the boat (What, people want quality and reasonable price??? That can't be!!).
Why you a h8ter?. Buying movies is for collectors and ____. Cost per movie with Redbox and Netflix can be $1/movie. Show me DVDs or BluRay discs retailing for $1! Supporting the studios? Where do you get this BS? Movie studios make their money on the first run and overseas distribution, and licensing. Retail movie DVD sales makes up less than ~20% of the take.
E.g Harry Potter Deathly Hallows made close to $400M but took in ANOTHER $85M.
There is a small percentage of movie-aficionados (and they are the Limited edition/Collector's market). The average viewer will watch a movie once. Why buy? Have little ones, and want to pacify them with a DVD over and over and over (hey VHS tape wore out, DVDs don't..well not while they are little ones), you'll get a bunch at the bargain bin at WalMart for $5 for some Disney-Direct-2-DVD crap.
Would you give me $100 for my Director's Cut BluRay, limited edition BladeRunner? $200? (hmm $150 on Bluray.com...)
Glad redbox stuck a finger up. Maybe Netflix is being more sensitive as it needs to posture to get talent for it's own distribution.
BTW, Redbox is owned by Coinstar... didn't know that.
Re: Yeah right.
said by 45612019:??? Just think of this logic... If that was the case the studio could have just raised the rate they sell the DVDs at to Rental companies to a price closer to retail or actually charge retail and skip the 28-56 day wait period, simple enough. You would probably see Blockbuster and Redbox raise there rental rates from $1 to say $1.25 or 1.$50 to make up the difference. But the fact remains they did not, they rather impose a 2 month delay.
Plus it forces rental companies to go around the studios and go buy the movies at full retail price. Typically they get a discount buying direct from the studio; not with this method. So if it's Red Box buying up the movies at retail because of the delay or an end consumer, the studio still wins all the same.
Re: Yeah right. Why raise the rates when you can get a delay equaling increased rates AND sales to consumers?
There is no way for Warner to lose in this equation. Just face the facts: they made a smart business move.