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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Attn JMS: Any truth to Sci-Fi deal restricting release of B5 dvds?
    Date: 10/4/2000 3:42:00 PM  

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>The rumor going around is that the sci-fi channel required WB not to
>release B5 on DVD until they've had a certain number of airings of the
>series, like 3. With the idea being that their ratings would diminish
>if the eps were released on dvd during an early run. If it's true you
>probably can't comment but if it's patently false I'd love to hear that
>from you.

I haven't heard that, but I definitely think there's absolutely no truth in it,
because you can't negotiate that in a deal like this. SFC bought the rights to
run the show, that's the end of it. WB is very literal about not making deals
in other parts of the studio (i.e., the cable TV division making a deal that
handcuffs the home video division, and so on). You'd have a full scale jihad
if that ever happened.

So I think the rumor is just that, a rumor put out by folks looking to stir up
other people.


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