Netflix's TV series discs

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Ron Lee Green, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Ron Lee Green

    Ron Lee Green Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Messages:
    845
    Likes Received:
    276
    Trophy Points:
    610
    I rented the Adam-12 series disc 4 from Netflix, the dvd mail-order rental service. I had read earlier that the Adam-12 dvds put out by Universal Studios were double-sided, so I thought I'd be getting the same thing, so imagine my surprise when what arrived in my mailbox was a single-sided dvd with professional-looking disc art that said Adam-12 Season 1; Disc 4; with Universal logo and copywright information.
    I had no idea that Universal was putting out 2 different versions of their TV series: single-sided and double-sided discs. I know a lot of consumers wish Universal would only used single-sided discs--especially with all the troubles the double-sided discs have with skipping and freezing. Do they only do this for rental stores? Did anybody else know this?
     
  2. MattHR

    MattHR Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2001
    Messages:
    1,641
    Likes Received:
    148
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Ron, Yes -- it's been discussed here many times before. It's done at the request (demand) of Netflix and Blockbuster. They complained that the DVD-18 offered too much content. Basically, a DVD-18 of a TV show can be equivalent to four movies worth of running time. They can then get six rentals from what would otherwise be a three-disc set, thereby doubling their revenue. Other, smaller video chains aren't offered the same rental versions, and must deal with the regular retail, more fragile, defect-prone DVD-18s.

    Most of the studios supply Netflix and Blockbuster with their DVDs on a rental-revenue-sharing basis. These "custom", shorter-length, single-sided DVDs require more rental transactions to view a complete season set. The more rental transactions it takes to view a set -- the more revenue the studios and Netflix earn.

    Meanwhile, we lowly consumers who would rather purchase these shows are rewarded with the never-ending hassle of DVD-18s. It just seems foolish that the studios (mainly Universal) don't just manufacture one type of disc to accommodate both markets -- preferably DVD-9s.
     
  3. JohnOPR

    JohnOPR Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2005
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I recently received "The Time Tunnel" series from Netflix. All the discs that I got were in DVD-18 format.
    Wonder if they've changed their policy?
     
  4. MattHR

    MattHR Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2001
    Messages:
    1,641
    Likes Received:
    148
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Not every studio supplies them with every title in non-DVD-18 form. I'd guess that titles with lesser demand wouldn't warrant the manufacturing of exclusive discs, since they wouldn't need as many copies. The cost of manufacturing a special run of a title like this may not be offset by the revenue earned from the rentals of the additional discs.
     
  5. Doug_B

    Doug_B Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2001
    Messages:
    1,081
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    When I put Silk Stalkings S4 into my Netflix queue, they listed 3 discs with ~8 episodes per disc. Not a high runner series, I assume. I can't recall getting any other TV shows from Netflix that were double-sided. I'm also amazed at the low rate of disc failures on Netflix discs I have received, given all the visible scratches that can be seen on them. Hopefully there will be no problems with Silk Stalkings S4.

    Doug
     
  6. JohnOPR

    JohnOPR Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2005
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Doug

    It's interesting that you mention that Netflix DVD's play so well. That's true for the most part, although I have to admit that I've gotten one or two from them that I had to return for a replacement. That said, the DVD-18's of "The Time Tunnel" that Netflix sent me played flawlessly.
     

Share This Page