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Warner's determination to shore up packaged media sales by delaying new releases to select rental channels also is an effort to create a digital window, analysts say.


While the focus on yesterday's apparent capitulation by Redbox to accept a 28-day delay for new release movies from Warner Home Video would appear to benefit retail sales of DVD and Blu-ray Disc, it also underscores the studio's long held fascination with video-on-demand (VOD) and the format's higher margins. Indeed, Redbox's signature $1/day rental business model to the studios cheapens the value proposition of other distribution channels and is especially threatening to both DVD/Blu-ray sales and VOD/pay-per-view.

Studios typically capture about 65% of the revenue from VOD/PPV compared to 35% from traditional physical rental, according to analyst Michael Pachter with Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles.


"It is clear that the movie studios dislike the [traditional] rental model," Pachter said in a note. "From a studio perspective, the most desirable distribution channels are those which provide the largest revenue share."


Indeed, Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Home Entertainment Group and staunch advocate of digital distribution, was an early architect of the studio's drive to release DVD movies day-and-date with cable VOD and PPV — a strategy now commonly accepted within the industry.
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With Redbox agreeing to the 28-day retail window, digital rental becomes the most convenient way to rent content, echoed Richard Schackart, digital analyst with William Blair & Co. in Chicago.

Schackart said the deal would postively impact Best Buy's rollout this summer of a digital store featuring VOD entertainment and related hardware. He said the Redbox/Warner announcement underscores a secular shift to digital and the view that studios will continue to move consumers to digital and away from physical DVDs.


The analyst believes Best Buy will launch the digital store in tandem with discounted hardware devices priced as low as $50. In addition, Schackart believes the No. 1 consumer electronics retailer will offer "significant" rebates and free digital movies to encourage consumers to adopt the digital format.

"We believe Best Buy and studios will make content available at attractive prices, potentially including free downloads or streams with purchase of dedicated hardware," Schackart wrote in a note.
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This doesn't surprise me, if the studios had their way we would be charged everytime we watch a movie. I'm not complaining about VOD because I have used Amazon's rental service and I like it, some films come to VOD before retail. I just hope there will always be a way to buy physical media.
 

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I do not need physical media, but I am wanting a system that allows me to host my purchased content on a federated server. I want to be able to sync with multiple devices while maintaining my own media server.
 

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Originally Posted by PSound /forum/post/18154310


I do not need physical media, but I am wanting a system that allows me to host my purchased content on a federated server. I want to be able to sync with multiple devices while maintaining my own media server.

So you are ok with subpar encodes, no lossless audio, no extra, no artwork, being unable to lend the disk to a friend or family?
 

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So you are ok with subpar encodes, no lossless audio, no extra, no artwork, being unable to lend the disk to a friend or family?

I don't believe all those will be concerns if they wish to grow the market for Digital Distribution.


In fact, I believe that the next quality breakthrough will be delivered digitally and not via physical media.
 
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