HBO Hikes DVD Costs to Netflix, WB Doubles Delay for DVD Releases

Jan 09, 2012

Netflix is facing changes to its DVD business with two Time Warner, Inc. programmers: One change is that HBO will no longer sell DVDs to Netflix, instead forcing Netflix to buy DVDs at retail or drop them altogether; it seems Netflix will do the former.

The other change is that Netflix; Redbox Automated Retail, LLC; and Blockbuster, Inc. have agreed to Warner Bros.' plans to double WB's current 28-day window to 56 days for rental and subscription DVDs.

WB previously signed on with the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) UltraViolet Alliance to provide day-and-date release for UV digital libraries. That deal also included enhanced streaming rights for back titles and direct-to-video.