Time Warner Wants Bigger Netflix New Release Window
Perhaps 765 days would suit you, your majesty?
At the beginning of the year
, Netflix began signing deals with the movie studios that would give them broader access to licenses for broadband streaming, in exchange for delaying the rental of new films for 28 days. After signing such deals with Warner Brothers, Universal, and Twentieth Century Fox, the company recently signed a similar deal with Sony. Studio executives of course believe that making it harder for consumers to get their content will help ramp up the sale of physical media (DVDs), and now Warner Brothers is apparently interested in making this new release window even greater
"So far the 28-day window has clearly been a success versus no delay," Time Warner Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said today on a conference call. "The question of whether we ought to go longer is very much under scrutiny. It may well be a good idea."
Most of our readers we've seen comment don't seem all that bothered by the new release window, given it means a ramp up in streaming titles. Still, that doesn't make the idea a good one. Making it harder for broadband users to access new releases simply means many of them are going to flock to pirate sources to see these films -- instead of paying for them.