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

From: Olsen, Kathy <>
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 06:30:36 PDT

We'll continue purchasing the retail versions, because our customers want the bonus features. On the other hand, they definitely won't be happy if they have to wait past the initial street date.

I realize this is a marketing strategy, and the studios are looking to increase their revenue, but none of this makes sense to me. If they're determined to release two different editions and charge more for one of them, why can't they release them both on the same date and charge more for the one with the bonus features?


Kathy Olsen
Collection Development Librarian
Broward County Library
954-357-5410 954-357-5598 (fax)<>

Broward County Main Library
Collection Management - 7th Floor
100 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

From: [] On Behalf Of Causey, Tom
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 5:55 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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