Netflix Expands

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From Time magazine, a discussion of an unlikely partnership between Netflix, the DVD/streaming film/TV service and cable operators. More here

One Dollar a Day Not Enough for Redbox to Keep Lawsuits Away

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you have certainly heard about Netflix and its mail-order (and now limited web-streaming) rental business, which has been a huge success. In 2008, Redbox’s sales were up 180% from 2007 , compared with a 9% drop for DVD sales nationwide during that same period. million in DVD revenues, obliterating its earnings from the previous year.

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Domestic Distribution Part III, Home Video Formulas

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A third type of deal is known as a “royalty deal,” where the filmmaker gets a percentage of the wholesale price of every DVD sold. If the suggested retail price of a DVD is twenty dollars, the wholesale price would be about half or ten dollars. However, prices are negotiable and Wal-Mart is known to drive a hard bargain and pay substantially less for DVD’s. DVD’s are sold on consignment, meaning the buyers can return any product for a 100% refund.

Bob Barr takes on RealDVD case; ignores the real issues

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The product does nothing more than permit the purchaser to copy a DVD onto his or her own PC or laptop. In other words, the product simply enables the private viewer to watch the DVD they'd already purchased directly from their computer's hard drive rather than rely on the sometimes-cumbersome process of inserting the DVD itself into a player. Barr claims RealDVD "does not permit a user to distribute a DVD." to purchase a DVD, when I can rent it for $3.25

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'Watchmen' chock full 'o more litigation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

If the plaintiff is lucky, a judge like Gary Feess will delay the DVD release of the film. Speaking of the place where one might get access to superhero DVDs, Netflix is dealing with a class action lawsuit filed by a California individual who claims Netflix "slows down the delivery of DVDs" by using an undisclosed "allocation formula" that impedes Netflix's claim that customers have access to an unlimited amount of DVDs. By Eriq Gardner.

Ultimate Movie Site Adds Games and Apps

Thompson On Hollywood

The site has an engine that finds meta-tags for a movie like I Love You Man that connects with red carpet clips as well as any related merchandise, from a poster to a soundtrack or DVD, easily purchased with a click. Affiliate partners include Netflix, Movie Tickets (where Halperin once had a marketing gig), Amazon and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which provides critics' choice ratings.

DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION PART I

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Others are basically home video labels that manufacture and market DVD's. The filmmaker thinks he/she is receiving 25% of the wholesale price of each DVD sold but actually is receiving 25% of the funds remitted from the parent company to the sub-label. Almost all distributors nowadays try to acquire so-called ancillary and new media rights so they can license movies to such companies as iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION PART II

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Traditionally, films were first exhibited in theaters, followed months later by home video (DVD's), followed by a release to television beginning with Pay TV, VOD, and eventually free television. A short delay also inhibits piracy because illegal sales are more likely as long as there is no legitimate way to buy a DVD. Another ongoing struggle is whether movies should be released on DVD before being offered for digital download.

Mercury News Op-ed: Hollywood innovates — and litigates when it must

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Studios now offer their works on more than 275 legal web sites, almost all of which didn't exist a decade ago, including Hulu, YouTube, Amazon's streaming and download services, and Netflix. Other DVD-rippers have existed for years, but they are either "open source" creations with limited appeal, or are peddled by obscure foreign operators who can't get their boxes onto the shelves of well-known retailers. RealDVD threatens to bring DVD ripping out of the shadows.

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Sundance: Digital Moguls Hawk MySpace and IMDb

Thompson On Hollywood

While NetFlix's Reed Hastings insisted he was just watching movies, Col Needham, the Bristol-based film buff founder of Amazon-owned IMDb , the biggest movie website, is in Park City for the second time, hosting meetings at his suite at the spanking new Hotel Park City. I'm not sure DVD sales are the future of our business.

California Officials Pursuing Noncompliant LLC's

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NETFLIX WILL AWARD $350,000 TO FILMMAKER NETFLIX, in association with Film Independent, has announced its Find Your Voice film competition contest. Applicants can also submit optional materials: a list of cast and crew, a budget top-sheet and a DVD with sample footage or a link that provides online access to such footage. Additional information at netflix The deadline to submit an application is February 9, 2009

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California Officials Pursuing Noncompliant LLC's

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

NETFLIX WILL AWARD $350,000 TO FILMMAKER NETFLIX, in association with Film Independent, has announced its Find Your Voice film competition contest. Applicants can also submit optional materials: a list of cast and crew, a budget top-sheet and a DVD with sample footage or a link that provides online access to such footage. Additional information at netflix The deadline to submit an application is February 9, 2009

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LAFF: Keynoter Stern Lays Out Indie Landscape

Thompson On Hollywood

The insane idea she described, called Netflix, has shipped not one but two billion disks, and raked in an $83 million dollar profit on $1.4 As these services create real revenue – and according to a pretty thick 2009 Morgan Stanley report, it’s not far off – innovative, forward-looking companies like Netflix will be in the thick of it. This year, most of the conversations were about new technologies, and where’s the new revenue that’s going to replace DVD?

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