Re: [Videolib] Fox and Paramount New Policy - Retail vs. Rental DVDs

From: GODIN, CHRISTINE <cgodin@alamo.edu>
Date: Thu Nov 19 2009 - 18:53:44 PST

Okay, you got me there! Looks like my challenge for the new year will be to find some other distributors. Got one already.
 
Christine Crowley Godin, M.A.
Dean of Learning Resources
Adjunct Instructor, Theatre
Northwest Vista College
3535 N. Ellison Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
210.486.4572
cgodin@alamo.edu <mailto:cgodin@alamo.edu> (beginning Aug. 1st, 2009)
 

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From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu on behalf of Jessica Rosner
Sent: Thu 11/19/2009 5:00 PM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Fox and Paramount New Policy - Retail vs. Rental DVDs

They could offer only dubbed versions of foreign language films ?

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM, GODIN, CHRISTINE <cgodin@alamo.edu> wrote:

        Can this get any worse? I remember the initial discussion we had on this-what was the rationale behind offering libraries the scaled down version of a DVD? This sucks. She said professionally and eloquently...

         

        Christine Crowley Godin

        Dean of Learning Resources

        Adjunct Faculty, Theatre

        Northwest Vista College

        3535 N. Ellison Dr.

        San Antonio, TX 78251

        210.486.4572 voice

        210.486.4504 fax

        cgodin@alamo.edu (new email as of Aug. 1, 2009)

         

        From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Kathleen DeLaurenti
        Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 3:54 PM
        To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
        Subject: Re: [Videolib] Fox and Paramount New Policy - Retail vs. Rental DVDs

         

        Has anyone seen the issues that came up with captioning on the recent Disney/Pixar "Up" release?

         

        http://consumerist.com/5405145/disney-removes-closed-captioning-from-up-rental-release

         

        I noticed it on the copy I rented as well. Does anyone know if other studios are doing this? I haven't heard so far if this is going to be remedied in anyway, and I can certainly see lacking captions as an issue for a lot of collections.

         

        Kathleen

         

        From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Danielle Phillips
        Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:23 AM
        To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
        Subject: Re: [Videolib] Fox and Paramount New Policy - Retail vs. Rental DVDs

         

        Correction: I meant Fox is not allowing libraries to purchase retail editions.

        On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 10:05 AM, Danielle Phillips <danilphillips@gmail.com> wrote:

        I know we had this discussion already, but this is new information from my B&T rep. As stated earlier, Fox is not allowing libraries to purchase rental ready editions and as had been predicted, rental readies will be going out of print.

        
        
         

        ---------- Forwarded message ----------

        Hello Everyone:

        Here is some important information regarding new release DVDs:

        Fox/MGM and Paramount are producing two editions of selected theatrical DVDs, a rental version (for rental stores and libraries) and a retail version (for the consumer market such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart). To complicate this, there are some variations between the studios on how they market their rental and retail editions that are causing confusion.

        When two versions of a title are being released, we will only display the rental version in TS3 and BTLOL. You will see "Rental Ready" in the title field. In addition, " Rental Ready " is listed in the Attributes. Rental copies are supplied from the studio without shrink-wrap.

        Fox/MGM: The new Fox policy requires distributors to sell the retail version to retail outlets only. Both editions will be released on the same day and the prices are the same. The rental version will not contain the bonus features or digital disc.

        We will offer the Fox rental versions up to 60 days after street date. After 60 days following street date, these titles will no longer be available from Baker & Taylor.

        Baker & Taylor is complying with Fox's policy and we are not displaying or selling the retail edition to our library customers.

        Paramount: This studio has no restrictions on ordering either the rental or retail editions. However, the rental version will release about six to eight weeks earlier than the retail edition. The rental version, which may or may not contain the bonus features, is about $12.00 higher than the retail version. If you would like the earlier released rental version, please get your orders in by the pre-order date. Once the street date for the rental version has passed, we will display the retail version on our Websites and it will be available to all markets. The status on the rental version will then be out-of-print.

        The big advantage with Paramount is that libraries will be able to offer these titles to your patrons four to eight weeks before they are available in retail outlets, such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. The only competition, in the weeks prior to release of the retail version will be video rental stores, NetFlix, and the like.

        At this time, we don't know if other studios will follow suit. Please let us know if you have any questions.

         

        Thanks!

         

        Warm regards,

         

        Jane

         

         

        Jane Herb

        Public Library Sales Consultant

        Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Utah

        Baker & Taylor

        800-775-7930 ext. 1450 msg

        704-236-7492 cell

        702-925-0942 fax

        jane.herb@baker-taylor.com <mailto:jane.herb@baker-taylor.com>

         

        
        
        

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        Danielle Phillips
        
        
        

        
        
        
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        Danielle Phillips
        
        
        

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