Re: [Videolib] FW: New Fox rental/retail policy

From: Chris McNevins <Chris.McNevins@uconn.edu>
Date: Thu Apr 16 2009 - 09:58:47 PDT

Is there an actual news article written about this issue with Fox? I
would like to forward the information to other staff members but it
would help if it were condensed down.
 
Thanks!
 
Chris McN
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[mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Cartford,
Peter, JCL
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2009 1:57 PM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] FW: New Fox rental/retail policy

My response to Midwest Tape is at the top. See below for what prompts
it. I don't know if academic libraries will be exempt, but I'm guessing
not.

 

Peter Cartford

AV Librarian

Johnson County Library

9875 W. 87th St.

Overland Park, KS 66212

913-495-2496

cartfordp@jocolibrary.org

From: Cartford, Peter, JCL
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2009 12:50 PM
To: 'info@midwesttapes.com'
Subject: New Fox rental/retail policy

 

I would very strongly suggest that you and the other major purchasers of
Fox product (Baker and Taylor, Blockbuster, Netflix, etc.) join together
and tell Fox that if they persist in this practice you will refuse to
buy their titles. If all the major players in what they call the rental
market don't play the game, their hand will be forced. At this library,
we'd fully support such an action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello!

Many libraries have contacted us concerning Slumdog Millionaire. This
title, delivered before 20th Century Fox announced their new retail and
rental edition policy, was shipped to some customers with incorrect
artwork.

Due to a mix-up at Fox's replicator, some rental edition copies of
Slumdog Millionaire were shipped in retail edition cases. Fox has set up
a hotline (1-888-223-4369 or SlumdogDVD.orderassistance.com) for
customers who have received these items and would like a replacement
item. If you prefer replacement artwork, Midwest Tape is happy to
provide it through our customer service department (1-800-875-2785).

Midwest Tape has been notified that, beginning immediately, all new Fox
releases will be issued in two editions: retail and rental. Because Fox
has decided to classify libraries as part of the rental market, the
rental edition will be the only edition available to public libraries.

Fox has decided that the rental edition and retail editions will be two
separate and distinct items. Each edition will have unique artwork and
UPC numbers. Additionally, retail editions will have the text "Retail
Exclusive" on the cover art.

Click Here <http://media.midwesttapes.com/pdf/FoxArtSamples.pdf> to
view samples of both the Retail and Rental edition artwork.

Fox has decided that there will also be a difference in content between
the retail and rental editions. In most instances, special features and
bonus disks will not be a part of the rental (library) edition. Upcoming
Fox releases with separate rental and retail editions include:

* Bride Wars
* Legally Blondes
* Taken
* Possession
* S. Darko
* Valkyrie
* Labou
* Dr Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts
* Driven to Kill
* Nobel Son
* Street Fighter
* Pink Panther 2
* Miss March
* 12 Rounds
* The Betrayed

Customers who would like to voice a complaint about Fox's new
distribution policy may do so by emailing: nancy.perfett@fox.com
<mailto:nancy.perfett@fox.com?> and info@midwesttapes.com
<mailto:info@midwesttapes.com?> on all inquiries.

We are sorry for any inconvenience that Fox's new policies may cause.

Sincerely,

Midwest Tape
The Librarian's #1 Media Source
800-875-2785

 

 

Peter Cartford

AV Librarian

Johnson County Library

9875 W. 87th St.

Overland Park, KS 66212

913-495-2496

cartfordp@jocolibrary.org

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