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Will delays work this time with no customer alternative? Back in the mid 80's the major studios wanted to retaliate against Sony because of the Betamax decision by the Supreme Court. The studios retaliated, simply by delaying release of movies in the Betamax format and released them in the VHS format first. The retaliation worked because customers wanted their movies now. Most rental stores sold out their inventory of movies in the Betamax format and rented movies in the VHS format only.
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If you believe that DVD sales are down because rentals are cannibalizing DVD sales, delaying it an additional month isn't going to change anything because people have already waited 3-6 months (or longer) for the DVD and another month isn't going to be that much of a difference.
If you believe that DVD sales are down because libraries are cannibalizing DVD sales, see above. Maybe even more so since I can't imagine your average library has more new releases available then your typical Redbox kiosk.
If you believe that DVD sales are down because Netflix streaming video is cannibalizing DVD sales, then you haven't taken a look at the usual streaming selection. It's crap for new releases.
If you believe that DVD sales are down because piracy, well, you might have a case. But delaying the launch doesn't do anything because the people weren't paying anyways, they'll still get their hands on discs ahead of time, and in reports are true, many cases the rips were done by insiders anyways.
reply to Mr Matt
I will take the piracy axe and grind it here.
No, most people don't care, there probably has not been a MUST HAVE movie in a while. They have gone from great novels in film format to gum wrapper comics. Some of them are really nice but if I have to wait til next year I really don't care I have other things I can do.
Now if the reverse was a $100 multi studio annual Pass that got me to stream their entire catalogs to just about any device I choose at will then I would do that rather than own period.
I don't know many people who buy DVD's anyhow, accept maybe children DVD's like Shrek or Toy Story...
If I "have" to go see a movie, I am fortunate today that I can afford to go the theater and watch it. If it's just a so so movie, it may be a year or more before I get to it...