Something very odd is going on with new release movies which are now taking many months after release at the cinema to get to market on Blu-ray. Perhaps Netflix, Fetch TV and other streaming video suppliers have managed to convince the movie houses to delay the release to market of Blu-ray so they can have a bight of the cherry first?
Have you noticed how BigW, Target and Kmart just to name a few have drastically reduced the amount of movies they sell? Perhaps they knew something was about to change?
I find this extremely frustrating as I rarely go to the movies as the picture quality and price is just not worth it. Rather wait and watch it on my own home cinema but now month after month goes by and no sign of any recent movie hitting the market in Blu-ray.
As for Fetch TV, they want $19.99 to watch the new Mad Max film in SD.....your kidding me right?
Sorry if this is posted elsewhere as I could not find anything.
Let's firstly 'start' with the remark - 'notice how BigW, Target and Kmart ... have drastically reduced the amount of movies they sell' .... this is due to a few 'factors' :
1. PRICE : why are Blu-rays STILL PRICED MORE than DVDs - and in some instances $10 more on new releases ? Why... because they can get away with it - there are fewer purchasers of this product, and we, the consumer have allowed this to happen. Granted, consumers are still buying DVDs.... go figure.
(and if you are waiting for UHD or 4K Blu - then be prepared for little to nothing - and overpriced titles - to which our local B&M stores wont be touching !!)
2. DVDs : yep this has already been mentioned - consumers are still buying them - and my local Kmart only stocks them. Target in recent months had a 50% off sale on Blu - and I'm not even sure that they have much left (I've not been in one store for a long while)
3. Streaming : sure... let's all stream via Netflix - but - these are OLD titles. This has little impact on the newer ones. I had Netflix, and gave it up - I couldn't be bothered and no one was using it here.
4. We are not alone in this - the US has the same problems. But, the profit margin on these products is small - so why should a B&M store bother ?? Haven't you noticed how JB is moving more towards PCs / phones and other products - the deals that we see are from the distributors whom have some many titles to get rid of.
And this is the main reason - the B&M stores have too many titles, sitting there, unsold. And there aren't that many products in the market where 'new stuff' continues to come out, and older stuff just sits there. B&M stores don't want 2 almost identical products - and 4K (if it ever comes) will encounter the same thing : do you really need to see 3 movies in DVD, Blu and 4K on the shelf ???
But anyway.... what 'new release' titles are taking longer to hit the shelves ?? Mad Max 4 - that was only in the cinemas a few months ago, What titles are you 'think' taking longer ???
Edited by tonyjg, Yesterday, 11:27 AM.