The Video Buyers Group (VBG), which represents around 1,700 video retailers, is nothing if not determined in its efforts to undermine Redbox. At a recent Midwestern Independent Video Retailer Association event, VBG president Ted Engen alleged that Redbox remains unable to successfully stock titles that are denied to it by the Hollywood Three. Engen also claimed that, through his group’s research, the quantity limits recently put in place by several major retailers are causing a dearth of Warner, Universal and Fox DVDs in Redbox kiosks for several weeks after they are released.
According to Home Media Magaine, “Engen said VBG tracked 529 Redbox kiosks in 35 states online and in person, and found that as of Feb. 9, Warner Home Video’s Jan. 19 releases of Whiteout and The Invention of Lying were available in 19.6% and 44% of kiosks, respectively. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Feb. 2 release of Amelia was found in 13.2% of kiosks, while Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Love Happens (Feb. 2) and Couples Retreat (Feb. 9) were found in 23.4% and 2.2% of kiosks, respectively.”
Frequent Redbox apologist, analyst Eric Wold, said that the titles cited by VBG were low box office performers and not necessarily representative samples. Said Wold:
“Those were very low box office titles. . . Whiteout did $10 million and Lying did $18 million. I would believe that Redbox wouldn’t even make an effort to get those in right away as consumers wouldn’t care. This coincides with our checks for low box office titles and I would hope Redbox would be doing this.”
Does the VBG have a point, Insiders, or is this just sour grapes from an organization clinging to a declining business model? Get those fingers typing and let us know what you think in the comments.
(via Home Media Magazine)