The venerable DVD continues to slowly yield its throne to another acronym. With VOD offering more profit to studios than they receive from Redbox or Netflix, the average window between most titles’ DVD and video-on-demand release has dropped to just five days, says analyst Richard Greenfield. This shift underscores the ever-weakening position of DVD sales in Hollywood’s home entertainment revenue stream.
“The studios’ willingness to collapse the VOD window is a clear sign to us that the industry is admitting that DVD purchasing is disappearing . . . Consumers simply do not need to own the overwhelming majority of content released by Hollywood, when that content is so readily available via rental platforms.”
Greenfield is also flummoxed by the way some studios deal with rental companies in relation to video-on-demand windows:
“What drives us nuts is how certain studios (Disney, Paramount and Sony) allow Redbox and Netflix to offer their content day-and-date with a DVD’s release, but put a window on VOD,”
I daresay most readers on this site agree with Greenfield that the “overwhelming majority” of movies aren’t worth owning. Do your rental or on-demand activities confirm this? How have your disc purchasing patterns shifted lately?
(via ABC News)