Monday, November 21, 2005

Theory: what Netflix does with double-sided discs

A faithful reader hypothesized, in an email to me, that Netflix delayed the release of the Harold Lloyd Collection because it contains double-sided discs, and they needed extra time to print a single-sided version. It would come to you with the gray Netflix label on it. It's in my queue, so I can test this theory myself.

What do you think of this hypothesis? Have you ever received a double-sided disc from Netflix?

7 comments:

  1. Netflix does not duplicate any movies -- the gray discs are provided by the studios. From what I know, Netflix prefers single-sided discs because they are less likely to break in shipping. There is a story about this:

    http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2005/06/why_are_some_ne.html

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  2. Makes sense to me. Forgot about that. Maybe the studio wanted to delay the release to Netflix so they could sell a few more copies.

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  3. I just watched Melinda and Melinda from Netflix and it was a double-sided disk.

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  4. They do both:

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a SINGLE sided disc (but was released double)

    Bob Newhart Show was a double sided disc (coincidentally I had to send back one of the volumes due to scratches.

    I think they have double sided discs if each side is single layer each side, but dont if they are double sided dual layer (DVD 18's) I know there have been a TON fo problems with the DVD18's skipping so that may be it.

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  5. Our copy of Melinda & Melinda was double-sided, too. Rachel beat me to the comment box, heh heh ;)

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  6. I remember I used to get a few discs that were double-sided. Not lately though but I think that's because I've been watching a lot of TV series lately.

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  7. I've got a double-sided disc in the player now (Mutant X Season 3), which just came out this month, and I've received a few double-sided discs in the past.

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