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Does anyone here remember when WB first tried the revenue-sharing model for rental video tapes in the early 1980's? They supplied specially-marked tapes to rental stores, and they got a cut of each transaction. The scheme didn't last long. In recent years, though, revenue-sharing seems to be the normal way the big rental chains work with the studios. If Redbox or another company wants to just buy discs and keep all the rental revenue, I don't know that any studio could stop them, and these delay schemes sound illegal to me-some variation of restraint of trade or unequal access. Is this ultimately any different at all from, say, a studio delaying releases of discs into poor neighborhoods or other locations?
"It's [expletive] lame to watch Jaws, a film that uses the 2.40 ratio as well as any ever produced, in the wrong format on HBO." -Steven Soderbergh, Oscar-winning director