Netflix can’t catch a break, can they? First, HBO refuses to sell them anymore DVDs or blu rays because the two companies are competition. Now, HBO sister company Warner Bros. is doubling the rental window from 28 to 56 days. What next, asking Netflix to the prom only to pelt her with eggs at her doorstep?
This is obviously a power play. Netflix is slowly becoming an entertainment juggernaut, even with the recent trouble it had regarding its prices. Plus, they’re creating their own content now. Kevin Spacey and David Fincher’s House of Cards will appear on the service by the end of the year, and a fourth season of Arrested Development is also set to appear.
Engadget seems to think that Warner Bros. threatened to withdraw access to its entire library if Netflix didn’t agree to the window extension. Will Warner Bros. threaten Redbox and Blockbuster in similar ways? What about DirecTV or Comcast? iTunes? Vudu? These services all rent out movies. And some of them even produce content. Oh, and I hear at 3:00 Netflix is supposed to meet Warner Bros. in the bathroom for its daily swirlie. [Engadget via Slashfilm]