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

From: Sarah Springer <springsa@oplin.org>
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 06:48:21 PDT

Midwest Tape's blog has a good explanation of this :
 
http://www.mwtnewsandviews.com/ <blocked::http://www.mwtnewsandviews.com/>
 
Paramount is charging more for their Rental version and the cheaper, Retail
version is coming out 5-6 weeks later. So far, it has not been every title
from Paramount -- only the ones that made less than 20 million at the box
office, although that will probably change. We are buying the cheaper
retail versions.
 
20th Century Fox is charging the exact same price for both versions. The
Rental version will get to us before the street date, will not have bonus
features but will have movie trailers and previews. The retail version will
have bonus features but may not be shipped before the release date. We are
buying the rental versions of these.
 
We only use Midwest, and we are able to choose which version we want. There
is no price difference on the Fox DVDs and there are no restrictions on who
can purchase which version, so I'm not sure what B&T is doing.
 

Sarah Springer

Sarah Springer

Acquisitions Specialist

Geauga County Public Library

Chardon, OH 44024

 <mailto:springsa@oplin.org> springsa@oplin.org

 

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From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu
[mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Danielle Phillips
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:07 AM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Paramount and 20th Century Fox releasing rental
andretail versions of DVDs

Ugh, I just started noticing this. I'm the media selector for a large
public library district and we buy lots (I mean lots) of DVD's. We use
Baker and Taylor and today I was just notified that I could not purchase the
retail versions. The vendor e-mailed to notify me that I had to cancel it
and re-order the 'rental ready' version (retail was $5 cheaper). I do not
understand the difference and was just discussing this with my boss who is
upset about this new development. According to B&T's site, the rental ready
version is the one with the extra material. We don't even include digital
discs (the vendor processes our media and has instructions to leave them
out) so I really fail to see why we need to pay the extra $5 for material we
don't even want. The vendor made it seem like we don't have a choice in the
matter. Has anyone heard differently? Also, 'rental ready' is showing up
in our PAC after the movie title!

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 8:17 PM, <m.loyer@mphpl.org> wrote:

We are planning to purchase the retail version because our patrons would
like the 'extras'. And as budgets get tighter we are able to purchase fewer
copies and the price will make a difference. Not at all happy about the
situation but we have to do the best we can with the funds we have
available.
Marsha

Marsha Loyer
Media Services Coordinator
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
209 Lincoln Way East
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Phone: 574-259-7277
Fax: 574-254-5585
Email: m.loyer@mphpl.org

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

From: "Causey, Tom" <CauseyT@HillsboroughCounty.ORG>

Date: Tue, October 13, 2009 5:54 pm
To: "'videolib@lists.berkeley.edu'" <videolib@lists.berkeley.edu>

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)
causeyt@hillsboroughcounty.org
 
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between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and
distributors.

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