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Warner Bros. Halts Sale of ‘Hornet’ DVDs to Blockbuster

October 26, 2011

(Updates with Blockbuster comment in fifth paragraph.)

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Warner Bros. won’t supply its latest DVDs to Dish Network Corp.’s Blockbuster movie-rental chain after the two sides clashed over a 28-delay on new-release rentals sought by the studio.

The blocked titles include “Horrible Bosses” and “The Green Hornet,” according to a spokesman for Warner Bros., the film unit of Time Warner Inc.

Studios are experimenting with home-video “windows,” including shorter waiting periods for the release of movies through video-on-demand, to compensate for declining DVD sales. Warner Bros. made digital versions of “Horrible Bosses” and “Green Hornet” available this month as part of the new Web- based UltraViolet service, which allows customers to stream purchased copies of films to a variety of portable devices.

The decision was reported earlier by the Financial Times. Blockbuster will buy the DVDs from other suppliers, the newspaper reported.

Dish spokesman Marc Lumpkin declined to comment on the decision.

--Editors: Stephen West, Elizabeth Wollman

To contact the reporter on this story: Ronald Grover in Los Angeles at rgrover5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net


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