Netflix to delay delivery of Warner’s latest DVDs

Netflix Inc. will delay sending out Warner Bros.' latest movies by nearly a month in a concession that the DVD-by-mail service made so it could gain rights to show its subscribers more movies over the Internet.

The 28-day rental moratorium on Warner Bros.' newly released DVDs and Blu-ray discs is a first for Netflix, but it probably won't be the last. Netflix hopes to reach similar deals with other major movie studios later this year, using the Warner Bros. agreement announced Wednesday as a template.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's scheduled Jan. 19 releases of "The Invention of Lying" and "Whiteout" will be among the first movies that won't be immediately available to Netflix's 11.1 million customers.

The compromise gives Time Warner Inc.'s movie unit — and potentially other studios — a chance to boost the sales of DVDs, the movie industry's biggest source of profits.

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