Re: [Videolib] Fox new policy

From: Mark Kopp <mkopp@iu08.org>
Date: Thu Apr 16 2009 - 13:01:35 PDT

Someone said to sign a petition. I say we organize a "million-media
professional-march"...in Tahiti...to show solidarity!

 

Mark

 

Mark W. Kopp

Technology Assistant

IT Department

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8

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From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Shoaf,Judith P
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 3:35 PM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Fox new policy

 

It sounds to me as if these companies are suing their best
customers....?

 

I had never heard of Redbox until yesterday's post on videolib, but
reading up on the Universal-Redbox lawsuits is enlightening. Universal
thinks people aren't shelling out $15-20 for a DVD because they can rent
it cheaply.

 

Well, the first videocassette I ever bought (Grand Illusion or Top Hat,
I forget) cost I think $30 and I could have rented the film for $2.
People buy a movie because they want to own it, watch it again, lend it
to friends, build a library. Purchasing a DVD is not the same as
purchasing a roll of toilet paper.

 

On the other hand, I haven't bought a DVD for myself or as a gift for
over a year. Not even from the $5.99 bin.

 

Why? (Aside from The New Poverty.) Because of all the fuss over
high-def and Blu-Ray formats. (Does my son have a Blu-Ray player? I'm
not sure.) I still have my VHS copies of Grand Illusion and Top Hat, and
a lot more cassettes. How many libraries do I need to acquire in order
to "own" a video?

 

Opinions have varied on this list as to whether Blu-Ray is, so to speak,
an ephemeral format. When I, the private citizen, consider buying a
regular DVD, I know I might regret it because two years from now I will
buy a Blu-Ray player when they stop making regular players and my old
player breaks. On the other hand, if I buy a Blu-Ray player and disk it
might turn out to be a flop as a format and two years from now nobody
will be making THEM and I will have wasted my money.

 

I think the big boys shot themselves in the foot here. Retailers and
rental companies, like libraries, have to deal with the question of
whether to offer a given film in two different formats. No wonder this
kiosk idea has flourished, along with Netflix: stores without shelf
space so you don't have to figure out what to put out on the shelves.

 

So far as I know, nobody at my university has invested in Blu-Ray
players. The players in the classrooms and library, and the DVDs
purchased to be played on them, are plain old DVDs. Plus, of course,
VCRs because as has been noted DVDs have not managed to catch up with
VCRs in terms of titles available.

 

In the meantime, Fox thinks it can solve the problem by *multiplying*
formats? Madness.

 

Judy

 

 

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