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Old 12-22-2016, 05:14 PM   #1
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I didn't know about this. It's Manufactured-on-Demand DVDs (MOD) which is the same idea as print on demand. And recently it became available for BluRay. With this an independent audio-visual creator (or filmmaker, if you prefer) can distribute a movie on Amazon without having any stock. And major companies are also using it to release movies. It's been around for three years. Where have I been???

   
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Weren't some of the (formerly VHS) video rental places experimenting with DVD on demand?
Instead of having to turn customers away because a popular movie was out of stock, they'd burn a DVD on the spot (in fact, the customer would make the request and receive the DVD at an in-store kiosk).

   
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I've never heard of it either...interesting idea...


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Weren't some of the (formerly VHS) video rental places experimenting with DVD on demand?
Instead of having to turn customers away because a popular movie was out of stock, they'd burn a DVD on the spot (in fact, the customer would make the request and receive the DVD at an in-store kiosk).
I never heard of that.

   
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:23 AM   #5
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An interesting (and funny, sorta) out come of that: a couple of guys had this brilliant idea. They came up with DVD blanks that would self-destruct after various numbers of days. They figured the vid-rental places would be all OVER this. Rent Andrew a video, it goes away when the rental period expires.

But it went over like a lead balloon. To begin with, the rental places WANTED the customers to come back to the store to return rentals. And duh ... rent more. But the big reason? They made the bulk of their money on late fees. Self-destructing DVDs would totally kill that revenue stream.

   
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LOL!!!

I miss video stores, particularly at this time of year because I used to get 4-5 videos to watch over the holiday and even with having access to the premium cable channels (HBO, Showtime, Epix, etc.) and their associated video on demand, I still miss video stores...


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Down here everyone seems to use those Red Box kiosks outside drug stores etc where you rent videos

Here's an article you might find interesting.

http://www.investopedia.com/articles...lockbuster.asp

Over on CIS many swear by hulu.

   
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I searched the Internet for Red Box after Steve posted but found no mention of them being manufacture on-demand.

   
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We have Red Box kiosks here but they're not MOD. I'll let Hugh tell you that he didn't intend to suggest that they are. ;-)

As I recall, Blockbuster was experimenting with MOD at about the same time as they were starting to go under.

   
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Thanks for the article ... I always thought that Hulu was all about typical TV shows and little else. That didn't interest me much, but the fact that they carry the Criterion library perked my ears up.

   
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