Re: [Videolib] Paramount and 20th Century Fox releasing rental and retail versions of DVDs

From: Tatar, Becky <>
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 06:11:48 PDT

We are going retail on this. Our feeling is that many people will want
the bonus features. Also, as far as Paramount goes - $10 is $10. That
starts to add up. This is how videos were originally marketed - rental
versions came out with prices as high as $60 to $100 toward the end. 6
months later, price drop to $24. After we explained to patrons about
the price differential, they were generally understanding.
Becky Tatar
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209
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[] On Behalf Of Causey, Tom
        Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:55 PM
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        Subject: [Videolib] Paramount and 20th Century Fox releasing
rental and retail versions of DVDs
        Paramount and 20th Century Fox are starting to release new DVDs
in two versions, rental
        and retail. The rental version will release on street date with
no extras and special features.
        The retail version release with the special features will be
delayed it looks like anywhere
        from 3 to 8 weeks after the street date. In the case of
Paramount, the price for the rental
        version seems to be about $10 more per dvd.
        We don't like either choice. We either have to buy a version
with no extras and possibly higher cost, or make our customers wait a
significantly longer period of time.
        We are wondering what other libraries, particularly public
libraries, are going to do.
        Until we get direction from management level, we are going to
buy retail and see what happens.
        Tom Causey
        Senior Librarian
        Tampa Hillsborough County Public Library
        900 N. Ashley Dr.
        Tampa, FL 33602
        (813) 276-2754
        (813) 273-3708 (fax)
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