Friday, November 18, 2005

Wal-Mart and DVDs

Slate ran an article on Wal-Mart’s reason for supporting Hollywood’s policy of maintaining a movie release schedule which allows for physical DVD sales to prosper. Only 45 days after being available at retailers are movies allowed on PpV systems. Cable is at least 4 months later.

Wal-Mart represents 30% of the DVD retail market.

Mark Cuban tries to collapse the window by having his movies (from HDNet Films) out simultaneously in theaters (he owns Landmark Theaters), on cable (HDNet) and on DVD.

BusinessWeek Online ran a coverage of the Netflix success. How Wal-Mart shut down its service, how Blockbuster is struggling and how still hasn’t entered the US market. Netflix could be a takeover candidate.

Recently, Wal-Mart was rumoured to be preparing in-store kiosk downloads. I wonder who could be their technology partner.

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