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Old 08-10-2008, 10:27   #1
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Exclamation A new Warner Brothers attempt to combat piracy

Not sure what forum this is best suited to, but I have just read this online:

Warner Bros plans early DVDs in Korea

In an effort to head off pirates in South Korea, Warner Bros. will start releasing movies online there before they are even available on DVD. The move is an attempt to monetize a market known for the wide availability of illegally copied DVDs by taking advantage of its high broadband penetration. If the experiment proves successful, the studio and others like it may expand its pre-DVD-release online distribution to other countries. Warner Bros. hopes that, by offering movies online before their release on DVD, South Korean customers won’t be tempted to buy the movies for next-to-nothing on the street or hunt them down online.

And, of course, profit margins are higher on online downloads than discs, allowing Warner Bros. to make more from the downloads than they would by selling DVDs. “The beauty is that the consumer does not have to spend any more money on the product,” Tsujihara said. The company is apparently considering a similar move in China, where movie piracy is even more rampant than South Korea. Tsujihara acknowledged that China is very similar to South Korea when it comes to moving physical products (that is, not very good), but China could be ripe for online distribution as more of the country gets access to broadband. Warner Bros. has already changed its distribution strategy in China by offering legit DVDs at prices comparable to what pirates charge for illicit discs. In fact, this is a tactic that Warner China (a joint venture between Warner Bros., China Film Group, and Hengdian Group), Paramount and Fox are trying as well.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:45   #2
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That just meanrs higher quality pirates will arrive here quicker too
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Aye - "100% quality_ripped from warners site_"
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i think it's a lot of fuss over very little.

The movie business is doing better and better, year on year. If it was as bad as they claimed then they'd be hurting from the loss but fact is : they're not.
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i think it's a lot of fuss over very little.

The movie business is doing better and better, year on year. If it was as bad as they claimed then they'd be hurting from the loss but fact is : they're not.
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That just meanrs higher quality pirates will arrive here quicker too
Yup, that's an absolute certainty. R3 rips will be the new R5's (that do oh so well in combatting those pesky buccaneers)
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From WB's point of view this is a good idea, they're offering something that doesn't effect the existing product. The question is will people spend money to download it when they can get it for free at a later date?
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That just meanrs higher quality pirates will arrive here quicker too
Not if they only have a dubbed Chinese / Korean soundtrack.
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Not if they only have a dubbed Chinese / Korean soundtrack.
Line audio... same as dodgy R5 rips.
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