Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn't title "X" available on DVD or Blu-ray?

Now that DVD has effectively killed VHS and Blu-ray is starting make DVD a second-class format, everyone wonders about those films never released on DVD or when an older film will be available on Blu-ray. There really is no easy answer to this question. Each studio evaluates demand for an older catalog film and must justify the costs of releasing a particular film on any physical format.

Many studios are experimenting with Manufacture on Demand (MOD) options that will allow them to release older films on DVD despite having relatively small demand. Also, with the proliferation of digital download options, it's possible that studios may make some older films available in a digital format in the future.

You said title "X" was going to be available on a certain date, but I can't find it at my local video store. What's the deal?

Each individual video retailer determines which titles to bring in and how many to bring in according to a wide variety. We pride ourselves on complete title listings that studios are offering, however not every store buys each and every title.

You said title "X" was going to be available on a certain date, but I bought it earlier either online or at a popular big box retailer. WTF?

Some studios are experimenting with exclusive releases or exclusive release windows that make certain titles available early either to certain websites or certain brick and mortar retail chains. Unless otherwise indicated, all of our release dates refer to the date that a film becomes available for general consumption at all retail outlets.

Where do you get your information?

Our information comes directly from the studios. Anytime a title goes from an estimated release date to an exact release date, it's the studio that provides us that information. As with any industry, release dates change often. We strive to make those changes on our site as soon as possible after we're notified.

This other website claims that title "X" is going to be released on this date. Why don't you have that date on your site yet?

In an effort to streamline information and protect their theatrical earnings, many studios have instituted Official Consumer Announce Dates (OCADs). No information about home entertainment release dates can be communicated to the public until a particular film reaches its OCAD. It's possible this other website in question is violating the OCAD or simply making up the information. Because we value our unique relationship with the film studios, we always adhere to official OCADs. This also means that we will always have the most accurate and most timely release date information on our website.

How often do you update your site?

We update our site as the information trickles down from the studios. Almost assuredly, there are changes made every day. Frequently, we make multiple updates over the course of a day to insure that the information is accurate and up-to-date.

Do you have information on video releases for other countries besides the United States?

Currently, we only cover U.S. DVD and Blu-ray release dates.

What about foreign titles released in the U.S.?

We've found that after doing this for many years, many foreign films have trouble finding U.S. video distribution. That being the case, we've found it to be a futile effort to estimate their release on video. So, we don't include foreign movies until we get firm dates and title information from the studio. At which time, they are included on our site like any other title. However, as with all films that are released theatrically in the United States, we do estimate release dates for foreign films once they have released in U.S. theaters.

What does MOD mean?

Manufactured on Demand ("MOD") DVDs vary from traditional DVDs pressed in bulk at a duplicator. They are more akin to a DVD-R burned on a home computer. In fact, you may see them referred to as DVD-R.

They are 100% legitimate, being produced by the rights holders of the movie or TV program. It's just that the supplier doesn't foresee a massive interest in the title to warrant the cost of producing, distributing and warehousing it by normal means. They are simply manufactured as demand warrants, thus the MOD name. The are playable on most, if not all, DVD players.

For the most part they have the normal packaging and labels you'd expect. On the other hand, you probably won't get special features common with regular DVDs. These are mostly bare-bones releases.

These MOD releases are available at select internet retailers such as Amazon and Warner Archive.

Where do you get your information for the news blog?

The information is culled from a variety of sources, including but not limited to, eyewitness testimony, Bothan spies and UFO abductions. In other words, read it and laugh and don't think too much or you might put us out of a job. Seriously though, we aim to attribute the proper source to any news item that we did not create ourselves. However, because of the nature of the Internet, sometimes it is hard/impossible to find the creator. If you have created anything that we have featured on our site, please let us know so that we can give you your due credit.

How can I get your really cool video release information on my own site?

Well, you too can have all the excitement of VideoETA on your very own web site. We've created some nifty image links here that update automatically with each week's new releases. Your friends will be amazed!

Who are you?

VideoETA, Inc. is owned by Ingram Entertainment, the leading distributor of home entertainment software in the U.S.

How can I buy the movies listed on your site?

Most of these movies can be purchased (after the date of availability noted on our site) from your local video store. You can also purchase them over the Internet through various online retailers. You can find your favorite online retailer linked on the home page. If you click through from our site, you will be helping to support our efforts as we will earn a commission on all of your purchases. We also work hard to add specific "buy" links to retailers on the individual movie and game pages.

When a movie is released in theaters, how long before it's available on DVD or Blu-ray?

Again, many factors determine a movie's video release date including box office performance, time of the year, genre, and target audience. Each studio has their own way of determining video release dates that varies from title to title. Hence, this is the reason we estimate a movie's video release month before we get confirmation from the studio. However, our long relationship with the studios has made us pretty adept at picking the correct month.

What is a Digital Copy and what does UltraViolet mean?

A digital copy is just that, a digital copy of the movie that you purchased on DVD or Blu-ray. Many studios offer complimentary digital copies of their films if you buy the DVD or Blu-ray. These digital copies can be played on most computers, tablets (like iPads) and smart phones. Each studio has a different policy in place to oversee their individual digital copies.

UltraViolet (UVVU or UV for short) is an ecosystem for interoperable electronic content. It's a branded set of specifications and agreements along with a centralized rights clearinghouse that allows retailers to sell movies that play on UltraViolet-compatible players and services.

Put another way, UltraViolet is DVD for the Internet. Just as the DVD logo means that you can buy a DVD from any seller and expect it to play in any player with a DVD logo (DVD players, DVD PCs, DVD entertainment systems in automobiles, and so on), the UltraViolet logo means you can buy UltraViolet movies from any seller, keep track of your "virtual library" of movies, and expect them to play on anything with the UltraViolet logo (players, PCs, mobile phones, cable set-top boxes, and so on).

 

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