I’ll keep this one short and sweet. The AP has a short blurb from Warner Chief Executive Barry Meyer on this. (Of course, he already said this last month, which makes me wonder who he is trying to convince bringing it up again.)
Meyer said the delay has helped boost video-on-demand sales by 20 percent to 30 percent and that DVD purchases were higher in the second through fourth weeks after their release for sale.
Of course, as we know, Paramount had something entirely different to say about the delay. Are they both being truthful, or is there some deceit going on here?
One thing I notice here is that there is no mention of Blockbuster. Has this delay helped them (or other indie shops) at all, or is it just helping with the adopting of VOD and increased DVD sales? I am guessing that some indie shops – those trying to compete with good pricing – have been helped. But Blockbuster? Not so much.
Now that the delay has been around for awhile, has it caused you to buy more DVDs or starting using VOD more? Let us know in the comments.