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Weinstein Company Signs Blockbuster Deal
Topic by: hardcle
Posted: November 16, 2006 - 7:59 PM PST
Last Reply: November 18, 2006 - 9:26 PM PST

author topic: Weinstein Company Signs Blockbuster Deal
post #1  on November 16, 2006 - 7:59 PM PST  
The Weinstein Company has signed an exclusive deal with Blockbuster for DVD rentals. The first title affected will be The Protector. The exclusivity window will last three years and outlets that rent and sell will still be able to sell Weinstein titles.

I'm sure this was aimed at Netflix, but it looks like GC is going to be caught up in it.
post #2  on November 16, 2006 - 11:45 PM PST  
Blockbuster seems to be getting really serious again about competing. They just sent me another offer to let me trial it again for free. I admit I tried them once a few years back. They seem to now have a lot of titles Greencine does now and now they have this Total Access where I could exchange a mailer at the store for another movie. Pricing is really tempting.

But I really like how Greencine uses the cardboard inserts. Fits my habit of taking DVDs on the road on trips or to work to watch on breaks. Only once got a busted disc. I also have a queue numbering in the hundreds. (Yeah, I know I'll never get through it all.) And I'll miss all you guys. Come on. Give me some moral support to hang around. Blockbuster throttles, right?
post #3  on November 17, 2006 - 2:13 PM PST  
So I guess the obvious question is, can a company like GreenCine purchase a few copies and then rent them to their subscribers?

It's hard to imagine Netflix not having a film like Bobby in their catalog at all even though it's available.
post #4  on November 18, 2006 - 2:22 PM PST  
I don't know if they're throttling, but here in Dallas I've had horrible experience with what should be their flagship warehouse. I tried them twice. They went from never shipping any titles despite them being listed as available, to shipping only one disc of two part sets (they claimed to send both parts of a set at once, which NF also sometimes does and is a good thing), to shipping the the wrong movie with the same name as a movie I requested, something like 5 times.
I told them the last time, I am not going to pay to be their inventory control.

I've heard in small town USA they give good service, but not for me.
post #5  on November 18, 2006 - 9:26 PM PST  
Wow.. this is truly sad. First the company buys the rights to, then butchers the film Tom Yum Goong (among others), then they have the gall to do this?

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