Netflix Users: Time Warner Considering Delays Longer Than 28 Days

By: Jeremy Muncy - November 6, 2010

Netflix and Redbox customers might have to wait even longer to get a Warner Bros new release from their queue, as Time Warner is thinking about upping the wait time.

Would you consider dropping Netflix if they don’t feature timely new releases? Let us know.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said, "So far the 28-day window has clearly been a success versus no delay … the question of whether we ought to go longer is very much under scrutiny. It may well be a good idea."

Since Janurary, Netflix and Redbox customers were forced to wait a month to get new releases from Warner Bros… soon you could be waiting 45 or maybe even 60 days, but that’s just speculation at this point, as the current contract doesn’t expire until 2011.

The worst part about this situation is that other movie studios will probably jump on the upped wait time bandwagon. Will someone please explain why blocking or throttleing content seem like a good idea? This makes about as much sense as networks blocking content from Google TV.

Vent your frustrations here.

Jeremy Muncy

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  • Guest

    This news will not effect my Netflix subscription.. I look at it this way…I have waited this long…a few more days won’t really matter. Bottom line, Netflix is the best bang for your buck…

    • Jeremy Muncy

      If Time Warner’s new upped wait time plan actually happens, look for Netflix to make more content available via streaming to appease customers.

      Also, look for the use of torrents to sky rocket.

      Jeremy Muncy
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  • Scott

    I am in Canada. Delays on new releases are extreme. It is hard to find a movie that is less than 2 years old, or any television program less than 2-4 years old. It is absolutely ridiculous.

    I am trying out a free trial at the moment, and will cancel before I have to pay. The use of the program via the WII is awesome, and the quality is great, but the lack of up-to-date content makes it NOT worth the $7.99/month, or whatever the fee is.

    Once they are updated to display new programming within a reasonable time frame, I will definitely consider signing back up.

    • Guest

      Which is a shame because it isn’t Netflix’s fault… they’re at the mercy of the movie studios.

  • Nicole M

    No, I won’t cancel because of the rules of one distributor. I don’t expect to see the latest movies on Netflix, anyway. I will, however, switch to any new streaming service with a better selection of TV shows, a better interface for finding them, and better movie/tv descriptions. But until then, Netflix has the best access to commercial-free videos.

  • Guest

    Honestly, it’s a stupid move on their part. People who torrent are going to go that route first always. People who rent movies will continue to rent rather than buy, people who buy will continue to buy rather than rent. The only ones this will effect are people like me who use rental services as a “try before you buy” program. If I think I might want to own a movie, I ALWAYS rent first to see if I’ll like it enough to justify the $20 purchase. I won’t stop using Netflix or Redbox because a studio changes their distribution strategy in an effort to make me buy their flims more often. But I will end up buying fewer Warner Bros films as the delay in being able to rent them makes me more likely to forget I was interested in those films in the first place.

  • Guest

    “So far the 28-day window has clearly been a success versus no delay”

    That is absurd. Given the option, why would anyone willingly wait 28 days to see a new release if they could stream it on release day? Just TRY no delay releases. Then you will see just how quickly Netflix will dominate it’s competitors to the point of destruction.

    I, for one, would pay an extra $3-5 premium on my subscription a month to see movies ON release day.