Today's DVD question: Is it better to be a renter or an owner?

That's something Hollywood has struggled with since the first VHS tapes hit the market a quarter of a century ago. In those days, movies were priced sky-high because there was a small market for sales; the "sell-through" market (priced to own movies) grew ever-so-slowly until it became the norm with the rise of DVDs. But rental always was the foundation for the market: Witness the rise of Netflix.

But those days may be over.

According to a report in The Los Angeles Times, "In an effort to push consumers toward buying more movies, some major film studios are considering a new policy that would block DVDs from being offered for rental until several weeks after going on sale."
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