Originally Posted by mgkdragn
All I can tell you guys is the same thing most all of us know :: RB and NF don't define the terms of the bulk rental agreements they have with any Studio .. the Studios themselves define those agreements ..
The bottom line, as has been noted many times, is, if the consumer wants a cheap rental, NF & RB must abide by the Studios conditions .. I don't agree with it, but, as of yet, the Head of any Major Studio has not called and asked my opinion ..
I generally always agree with the gripes .. however, the bottom line is, er, bottom dollar Consumer rental cost .. if you want the full meal deal and don't have a real B&M in your area, then ::
RB and NF are not the culprits, nor are they the only source of content ..
That's only in part true.. since if RB etc flat out refused to carry X studios crap if they try to dictate such that in turn looses that studio $ and even more so if RB was smart and played politics instead.. ie: make it very well known that they are NOT carrying X studio's content due to that srudio trying to screw over the consumer and RB whom values their customers is choosing instead to tell their customers why they refuse to carry an inferior product which the studio would rather have the consumer remain ignorant of their dirty tricks.
Same in many ways as to those that made "region free" players and explicitly pointed out why it was in the consumers best interest since w/o that the studio would continue to have an artificial monopoly to gouge the consumer for more $ based strictly on where they lived and/or happened to wish to use their perfectly legal product. I remember explaining this to a group of "big wigs" at a meeting I was at yrs ago.. and to dumb it down so they could understand it I equated it to a car MFR being able to tell you what roads you can/cannot drive on.. and in local case for me I pointed said "How would you like it if your GM was crippled artificially by the MFR so you could only drive it on the 407 which was paying GM big $ to force ppl to use their highway only (toll road debacle of epic scale in stupidity screwing the tax payers over) despite their being other roads going to the exact same place that are free... and then GM etc was getting pissed at ppl like me that made it possible to drive the GM car where ever the owner wanted instead (Not a perfect comparison but they got the point)
The $ is what counts.. but while the one studio will ignore the odd consumer.. in #'s
we have far more power than most ppl realize. I've even "poked the dragon" with a very sharp stick before by telling them flat out I refused to play their game.. so I downloaded a pirate copy of X movie instead of buying it due to the draconian garbage they tried to force on the consumer.. The look on the marketing mgr's face was priceless at being told such right there in person..
But even w/o going that far the avg person even taking the time to put a signature on a petition carries a ton of weight.. stats show that for each one of those few that would take that little bit of time is typically representative of between 10 and 100 others (it varies mostly depending on the subject in question and it's typically closer to 100 mark for consumers of movies etc that are as you know very lazy esp regarding defending themselves from the studios.).
A perfect example of this power being used for our advantage is the NetNeutrality fight and the backlash against the ahole ISPs like Verizon so desperately trying to gouge everyone to death.. and to be able to control everything we do online. (Also why the current NN fight is even more important to not allow the asshat in charge of the FCC right now get his way.. he's deep in bed with Verizon and others w/o any doubt).
But anyhow.. Rb if smart would instead listen to their customers and be proactive about protecting them from such crap pulled by the studios.. since many consumers would remain oblivious.. but it could easily be a huge win for RB in earning "they are the good guys to support" points which in turn earns them business and more importantly loyal; customers.. esp the minority such as we typically are.. and we in turn carry more weight than most think as well.. but only in #'s
and if that is used right. That does take some effort and some balls as well per se... and some lunatics like myself to fight back (I've even taken on the Gov before in a diff but in some ways similar fight)
Don't play fair.. it's never fair.. play politics and play to win. That means make the "little fringe group" like us more representative of protecting the avg joe that does not understand it all but would in the end benefit from the actions of us few.
That in turn means making LG very well aware of us intentionally not only not supporting them when they do such crap but more importantly we are costing them far more by way of helping to educate the public in part and with that we help the avg person understand to not give LG their $.. give it instead to Y studio that values it's customers instead.
$ is what matters in the end to LG and to RB.. so playing politics is what is required and that means showing RB it's in their own best interest to not just be on our side but to actively help our side.. which in turn helps them succeed in making $ in the end. Pointing out their failure in Canada as well is an excellent point to illustrate what happens if they don't support us vs the LG's of the world.. (We are not a massive market here either of course but we are enough to make a noticeable impact none the less)