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Difference Between Rental And Non-rental DVDs?  
User currently offlineTubbyboeing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 10518 times:

Hi guys,

Sorry if this topic has been discussed before.

I just got a DVD from one of the rental stores, and was surprised to see "Rental Version" written on the cover and also on the DVD. I have never seen this before (and I have been renting DVDs for a long time). Its also got a warning saying "Rental version only, not for home use" What does that mean? Of course, when someone rents the DVD, they are gonna watch it at home!

How does this DVD differ from the "normal" DVDs we buy in shops? Is the content edited?

Thanks in advance  Smile

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User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 10494 times:

How does this DVD differ from the "normal" DVDs we buy in shops?

For the rental version of a DVD, the rental shop owner has to pay royalties every now and then to the makers of the movie. For Personal editions, you only have to pay once.

"Rental version only, not for home use" What does that mean?

Home use means that you buy the movie for personal use, rental versions for rental. Pretty basic in my opinion.

Home Version: Pay once for owner.
Rental Version: Pay many times for owner.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 10477 times:

I bought some Hammer Horror movies (Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Taste The Blood Of Dracula) on DVD at the weekend, released by Warner Bros. You know they think that title has reached the end of the line when you see "For home or rental use" on the disc - they don't give a shit. It should just say, "Knock yourself out."


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User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1030 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10451 times:

The big difference is usually the amount of scraches on the disc  Big grin

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10445 times:

In most cases the rental edition is simply the same move but has different warnings, this time allowing the rental of the movie. Also rental companies often have to pay royalties for the first year or so that the movie is out so have to check how often it's rented.

As far as content the rental edition is often the same movie, though many times without any extra bonus features discs (though if it's one DVD they will often keep the bonus features).

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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15347 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10444 times:
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The rental version skips or freezes repeatedly because people have no problem with using them as drink coasters or Frisbees once they've viewed them.

The non-rental version is encased in a child-proof, escape-proof, mental torture device of security tape that keeps you from viewing it indefinitely.  Big grin

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