cost of DVD's

Wed, 5 Mar 2003 12:25:56 -0800 (PST)

I'm probably violating email etiquette by doing this, and I'm sorry if it's someone on this list, but I think the issue is interesting.

A librarian at our library forwarded this email (below) to me from another listserv. It brings up yet another interesting aspect in relation to DVD's, which I notice is a frequent topic of discussion lately.

We are attempting to "up" our purchases in the DVD format.

Have a great day.

Gerie Ventura
Highline Community College Library, Media Services
Des Moines, WA

"I had a very strained conversation at ALA Midwinter with two reps from Films
for the Humanities. As one of the most popular vendors of educational
videos, they are at the top of our list when it comes to selecting titles.
However, they have recently decided to charge an additional fee for the DVD
format of any of their VHS titles. I asked for an explanation and got a very
defensive vice president of sales practically in my face. She told me that
there are digital licensing issues, hence the added fee.

I noticed in Baker and Taylor today that there is no difference in the
charge for the VHS format vs. the DVD format for many popular videos--some
of them feature films, others produced by Kultur, for example, that are
older films being re-released. They don't seem to have an issue wherein they
add an extra cost."