How does VUDU compare to Netflix?
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"The agreement struck between Netflix and Warner Bros. to postpone the availability of new releases on Netflix DVD-by-mail service for 28 days following their release on DVD/Blu-ray (you can read an interesting analysis of ithere), means that when a new movie, say Inception, hits the shelves in DVD and Blu-ray, Netflix customers won’t be able to get it until at least 28 days later. This agreement has served as a template for Netflix’s relationships with many other major studios meaning that many new releases aren’t available for physical rental on Netflix 28 days after release (and they typically don’t show up on streaming for at least another year).
Some studios also have something called an "output deal" with broadcasters like HBO, which means that the broadcaster gets movies that the studio releases first and limits how those movies can be sold before and after they get them. It is this deal that limits studios' ability to offer Netflix titles for streaming for 7+ YEARS."
In all this time, with how big Netflix has gotten, they've never been able to get a more favorable deal.
and I'd bet that's because Netflix was/is an outsider to Big Hollywood/mainstream industry controlling interests. Hence the rise of Hulu, UVVU/Ultraviolet, Flixster (Sony), Vudu, and CinemaNow, mostly industry controlled or Big Deal beholden.
You are correct, sir.