WSJ reports possible merger of Blockbuster and Columbia House!

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  1. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    From Video Store Magazine:




    Now for the software angle on this: How would this affect items that are exclusive to CH, like many of the TV releases (Cosby Show, for instance)? Would CH be able to "expand its business" right into BBV stores with items like that?

    It would be sweet, opening up the ability for non-CH members to buy things like this at the drop of a hat.
     
  2. Mark_TS

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    ...and of course youve heard the one about Warner and BMG in merger talks...
     
  3. Tom Tsai

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    yeah, I heard this on Friday. Apparently, their stock shot up quite a bit.
     
  4. Chris Lockwood

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    Does this mean CH will start charging late fees?
     
  5. Malcolm R

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    What does this have to do with IBM?

    And I'm tired of Blockbuster whining. Didn't video rental just set a new revenue record?
     
  6. Mark_TS

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    In these tough economic times, cheap entertainment like buying or renting videos must be making the studios kajillions.
    With an 'Official' 6.5% US unemployment rate-and an actual one probably closer to 9%, everyone I know spends their time watching movies...
    Magazines and newspapers do well in these days, too
     
  7. Joshua Clinard

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    I see how these companies could work together, but I don't see how Blockbuster could benefit. Columbia house would benefit by being able to start selling DVD sets of TV Series in Blockbuster's stores. One would think that Blockbuster could benefit by starting a DVD by mail rental program, but given how Coulumbia House always takes more than 10 days to ship a DVD to your house, I can't see that competing with Netflix at all. It usually only takes a DVD 3 days to arrive with Netflix.
     
  8. Dan Rudolph

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    Blockbuster would be getting a chunk of the money from selling Combia House releases in-store. That may be benefit enough.
     
  9. DouglasRobert

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    My local FOX morning news show had news about this, this morning. They had on Jon Najarian, who is an investment advisor who said the following things about this planned merger.

    Currently there is $5 billion in DVD sales annually.
    7 million pirated DVD's
    Trying to compete with piracy and companies like NetFlix.
    Plans to lower DVD prices to combat piracy and compete against NetFlix.
    DVD's at CD like prices, around $10.00 price level is where they want to be. Between $10 to $12 is there price target.
    Less popular titles $24.99 to $59.99 unfortunately, but most of them are going to get them out at under $15.00


    This investor has a website, in case anyone wants to check up on him or see if he has a direct e-mail for further questions.

    As a new member I can't enter a direct link, but it's at TCBnews then 'period' then 'com'.
     
  10. Mark_TS

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    ..and in more merger news, it was announced this morning that the UKs EMI is considering buying TIME-WARNER....


    pretty soon it will all be one vast conglomerate, folks
     
  11. John Mansor

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    Sounds good to me if the average price of DVDs go down.
     

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