European cinema companies revolt over the Hollywood rush to DVD
European theaters are revolting against American studios that insist on releasing DVD’s of recent films sooner and sooner. Chains protested by refusing to show “Eragon” and now they’re doing the same for the recent hit, “Night at the Museum.”
The global dispute is about the future of a longstanding film distribution system in which movies are released in timed “windows” beginning with theaters, and then home videos, pay-per-view and, ultimately, television.
In many cases, as in Germany and Britain, these rituals were based on informal agreements with Hollywood film distributors, although in France a law bans DVD sales until six months after the initial appearance in a theater.
For more, go to the International Herald Tribune.