Amazon has launched a service that will offer custom DVD copies of about 2,000 movies and TV shows that have not been released on DVD, under agreements with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Warner Bros. has announced a new program that offers consumers the ability to send in their regular DVD movie discs and get Blu-ray versions in return at a discount. The DVD2Blu offer applies to Warner Bros. titles.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Warner Bros. studio will not let its new DVDs go into rental kiosks for a period of 28 days in response to Redbox Automated Retail's practice of offering $1 nightly DVD rentals. Some movie studios say they believe the low-cost rentals are hurting their DVD sales.
Supporters of HD DVD have gathered more than 6,000 signatures on an online petition seeking to persuade Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to reconsider its decision to abandon the format in favor of Blu-ray.
Both the Blu-ray and HD DVD camps are hoping to woo Warner Bros. exclusively to its side, as the studio -- the only one to still support both formats -- is seen as a possible deciding factor in who wins the HD-disc war, according to this BusinessWeek analysis. Warner thus far is mum on its plans.