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October 23, 2009 | Ben Fritz
For those who like renting movies, Hollywood may soon have a message: Prepare to wait. In an effort to push consumers toward buying more movies, some major film studios are considering a new policy that would block DVDs from being offered for rental until several weeks after going on sale. Under the plan, new DVD releases would be available on a purchase-only basis for a few weeks, after which time companies such as Blockbuster Inc. and Netflix Inc. would be allowed to rent the DVDs to their customers.
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September 4, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Netflix won't have the online movie subscription business to itself for long. Two of the biggest players in DVD sales and rentals, kiosk company Redbox Automated Retail and online retailer Amazon.com Inc., have told Hollywood studios that they are looking to launch streaming movie services similar to the one offered by Netflix. Their interest comes in response to the rapid growth of Netflix over the last few years as many consumers are now paying a flat monthly fee to access thousands of movies, instead of paying separately for each film.
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