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Netflix and Warner Bros Strike Deal For 28-Day Wait Period

Netflix Enforcing 28-Day Wait Period For Warner Bros. Movies

You know when you want to watch a new movie on Netflix, and you wait (and wait) for it to arrive? Being an in-demand film is one thing, but now the company has struck a deal with Warner Bros that means an even longer period before that red envelope arrives. The two groups have arranged a 28-day lag time between the studio's releases and when they'll be made available to Netflix customers. That means when future hot movies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hit DVD, you'll have to be patient.

This news makes me groan, and I'm concerned that other big-name studios will follow suit. Ultimately, if consumers really want to see a Warner Bros film right away, they'll just go somewhere else (or even buy a copy), so I'm curious to see how it affects Netflix as a company.

What do you make of this news? Will you quit Netflix if you have to deal with set release periods?

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Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 6 years
I know many people who are very upset about this. Personally I always go to RedBox for new releases anyways so it doesn't affect us at all. We aren't good at remembering to add new movies quickly so we always get the long wait anyways.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
ok, so we have to wait an extra 28 days.....my queue is still going to say "very long wait" when it is available...so it will still take forever! i don't understand the point of this at all. why don't they just give netflix more copies to release?
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
ok, so we have to wait an extra 28 days.....my queue is still going to say "very long wait" when it is available...so it will still take forever!i don't understand the point of this at all. why don't they just give netflix more copies to release?
komler komler 6 years
There is a similar deal with CDs in Libraries in Denmark - the library has to wait a certain amount of time before they can make the music available to their patrons after its general release.
komler komler 6 years
There is a similar deal with CDs in Libraries in Denmark - the library has to wait a certain amount of time before they can make the music available to their patrons after its general release.
Allyace Allyace 6 years
Tim hit the nail on the head. All these kinds of things do is make people more likely to illegally download a movie. WB is making a really bad decision. Esp since a lot of Blockbusters are closing so you can't even go out and rent it if you want to. Netflix should have fought them on this.
reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
i'm surprised that stipulations like this didn't occur sooner. i have heard how dvd sales have plummeted with the onset of netflix, itunes downloads, and online streaming outlets. blockbuster is set to close i think 22% of its stores as well. if i'm dying to see a movie, i'll usually watch it in the theater and if i loved the movie, i'll think about buying the dvd, so this won't affect me much but it'll be annoying for all my friends who love their netflix!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
You know, I feel like this is going to lead to a lot more illegal downloads of WB movies. If you don't want to pay for a movie in a store, or it's out at every Blockbuster (which new releases always are, and is half the reason people use a service like Netflix), a lot of people are going to go to a site like Pirate Bay and say "look, here it is. Screw you Warner Brothers." And honestly, I don't think I'll feel bad for WB when that happens. The other thing is that for those who do want to see it right away and doesn't want to download it, Netflix is going to end up losing money too.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Wow, Warner Brothers kinda sucks.
bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
Lame, but I doubt I'll be leaving netflix anytime soon.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
From what I've heard, even though there will be a waiting period, WB will also be putting out more streaming content on Netflix. But more content doesn't necessarily equal new content. Bummer.
Lavinie Lavinie 6 years
i wouldn't quit netflix - but it's a pretty dumb agreement for netflix... but like above - there's so many movies i want to see - it'll just sit there in the queue. lol
facecandyblog facecandyblog 6 years
THAT'S THE STUPIDEST THING I'VE HEARD ALL DAY. and believe me, I've heard a TON of stupid things today. Yeah, I won't quit mainly cuz I like the watch it now feature.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 6 years
If I'm truly dying to see a film, I'll see it in theater. Otherwise the movies just sit in my queue and I get them when I get them.
runspin runspin 6 years
I won't quit netflix ,but it will be annoying to wait for new releases.
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