Video Business article: "Universal tightens up screener policy"

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  1. David Lambert

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    [rant]Universal tightens up screener policy[/rant]
    No more advance DVDs to retailers, media in latest anti-piracy measure.

    by Jennifer Netherby

     
  2. Jake Johnson

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    Universal needs to tighten up its Quality Control department.
     
  3. Robert Dunnill

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    Isn't this a different kind of "screener" from those that we DVD reviewers get?
     
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    I believe they are different, Robert, but it's been so long since I worked at a video store that I'm not entirely sure.

    IMO, retailers don't really need the screeners. Let 'em run the Hot New Releases on their monitors.
     
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    Screeners are a pain to watch, with the pop-up messages and the shifting to black-and-white. They give you an idea of what the movie's like, but that's about it. I wouldn't take a free one, much less buy a copy of one.
     
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    THey're stopping this so that we can't what QC problems are on the disc before we buy it! [​IMG]
     
  7. Chad A Wright

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    Honestly, how much tighter can their policies on screeners of any kind get?

    Oh well, at least they are focusing on the important things. [​IMG]

    Hey, maybe that's the reason for all the problems with their discs lately. They must figure that if the discs are defective, the software pirates won't want to put the time into copying them.
     
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    Universal's never been terribly forthcoming with review screeners for us anyway, so it's not as if this is a big loss. [​IMG] They don't want free publicity, I guess we won't give it to them.
     
  9. Sarah S

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    I don't like the 48-hour dvds, but maybe they could be a compromise for the studios that send out screeners of any kind, instead of messing with the mastering of the film itself.

    Wait a minute, that make sense. I'll withdraw the suggestion.
     
  10. oscar_merkx

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    well they are getting free publicity all the time for the wrong reasons I suppose
     
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    It is a bit ironic such an incompetent studio is tightening up screener policy while doing nothing for quality control.
     

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