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Old 01-09-2012, 07:48 PM
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Dish: Blockbuster Not Ready to Challenge Netflix

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Las Vegas (January 9, 2012) -- Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton told today that he can't say when Blockbuster Video's new rental plan will compete directly against Netflix. In fact, Clayton said the possibility of launching a streaming'disc rental service to rival Netflix "has become more complicated."

This is in contrast to Clayton's remarks last September when Blockbuster, which is now owned by Dish, launched a streaming/disc rental plan that's part of a Dish subscription. Asked then when Blockbuster would offer streaming and disc rentals without the Dish subscription requirement, Clayton said his company was working on such a service and expressed optimism that it could happen soon.

But today Clayton noted that some Hollywood studios recently decided to expand their release windows for streaming titles and discs, meaning video services such as Blockbuster and Netflix might have to wait longer before offering them to the public. Additionally, the studios are expected to charge more for the right to stream their movies and TV shows.

The latter scenario is especially troubling for Dish which now can stream Blockbuster movies to their subscribers under its current Video on Demand contracts with the studios. If Dish went national -- dropping the Dish sub requirement -- the studios would require the company to pay a higher fee for the streaming rights because the service would be offered to more people.

"That (the studios' policy change) makes it (launching a non-Dish Blockbuster streaming service) more complicated," Clayton told following a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Clayton's comments are certainly good news for Netflix, but bad news for video enthusiasts who have been looking for a national alternative to the video rental service.
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