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 negotiated deals with Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster that double the time customers will have to wait before they'll be able to rent new films after the movies are released on DVD. The move is part of a push to boost flagging DVD sales.
Time Warner-owned movie studio Warner Bros. and video-rental chain Redbox, which had been involved in litigation over the availability of the studio's movies in Redbox's kiosks, have ended their dispute and entered into a two-year distribution agreement. The deal, which goes into effect in March, keeps Warner movies such as "The Blind Side" out of Redbox kiosks for 28 days after being released on DVD, which is when the studio looks to monetize the content via DVD sales and video-on-demand fees from multichannel providers.
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.