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

From: Jaeschke, Myles <>
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 07:47:18 PDT

Glad to see this brought up again. As the selector of DVDs for our system I will be purchasing retail editions of these films. If it means a slightly longer wait to receive then so be it. There are several reasons for this.

 1. The retail version will have the bonus materials (Danielle if B&T is stating otherwise on TS3 they are incorrect). It's probably true that the majority of our customers do not look for this material, however I believe that it is our responsibility to offer the best product available (and that will not be the rental version).
 2. Cataloging. I try as much as possible to keep the bib records of what amount to basically the same film to a minimum. Sometimes that is just plain unavoidable. I think we have no fewer than 4 bib records of Forrest Gump for example. But do you really want two different bib records of the same film on your catalog immediately? Heck, our customers get confused when they see two records now--one for the Blu-Ray and one for the standard DVD. Imagine the confusion when there are 3 records to choose from (rental, retail, Blu-Ray). Which one do we put on hold now? The less confusion the better.
 3. Future purchases. How long to you think that rental edition is going to be available for purchase? 3 months perhaps 6? I assure you it will not be long. Why bother purchasing and cataloging a rental copy that's going to be an "out of print" item in less than 6 months (see reason #2).
 4. Price. I'm willing to wait a short amount of time if need be to purchase at the sell through price. We already did this with VHS. It's just not worth the cost. Most public library users are happy to wait a little while for their product if they need to. These actions by Paramount and Fox will unfortunately just make them wait a bit longer. I do understand companies like Paramount who are toying with the idea of getting more front end money on their product. I do think though it is a step backwards. Why take us back to a pricing structure to the days of VHS? The success of Redbox is in part to blame here-and perhaps the ease of making copies--yeah-I'll say it-lots of people go to Redbox or even us, your local public library, for their "ripping" source. I don't like it but it's the truth.

I spoke to my rep at Midwest Tapes earlier. It is my understanding that Fox and Paramount will not provide them with retail editions to sell at this time. To satisfy the demand of their customers that want the retail editions they will be finding a 3rd party source to meet the demand. This is why Midwest Tapes cannot supply a retail edition at the same time as the rental edition even if they have the exact same street date. MT may actually have to wait themselves to purchase that retail copy from another source on street date and then provide it to us. In fact they actually do this for some of the music CDs that they provide that are sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Starbucks, etc.

Ah yes, some more things for you to think about before selecting those rental editions (and adding those "gift" DVDs when they come in).

Best regards,

Myles Jaeschke

Tulsa City-County Library System
Media Collections
From: [] 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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