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Re: DVD vs. Video.
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- Subject: Re: DVD vs. Video.
- From: Bill Gallaga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002 21:04:40 EDT
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On the subject of VHS pricing, those $100.00+ prices for video are often just referred to as "priced for rental". You'll see that a lot for new releases even of mainstream films as the studios account for the fact that most folks rent instead of buy the movies they watch. After they've been out a while, they will often be available again (or sometimes in cheaper extended-play transfers) at the lower than DVD prices. So that explains some of the price comparisons on Amazon etc. The studios select certain big BIG hit movies for sell-through (Batman, Disney things, etc.) and those are available immediately in that $20.00 range. It's been my understanding that the DVD releases have been priced low initially as a way to encourage folks to upgrade to the new format, and that there is (or was) a lot of debate about the strategy, whether it was worse the obvious loss vs. the whole "priced for rental" approach. (Since, obviously, folks rent the DVDs too...). Anyway, I apologize if that's all been covered already. -Bill Gallaga -------------------------- Bill Gallaga Library Privileges Northwestern University (847) 491-7617 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org