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Old 11-06-2019, 01:23 AM   #1
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Default Movies section > Theatrical Information : VOD

I'd like to know what is actually the best way to handle "VOD release date" for movies that are exclusively released on Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.

If a movie have a theatrical release it's quite easy. You get into the specs of the movie and in the "Theatrical Information" section you choose "YES" beside "Theatrical". And then you put a date in the "Theatrical Release Date" box. When you'll look at the movie the "Release Date" will show up

But if the movie doesn't have a theatrical release, technically you have to choose "YES" at the "Direct To Video" or at "TV". That's perfectly fine as the release date in this case is the one of the DVD or the Blu-ray associated with the movie

But when the movie is exclusively released on VOD there is no real way to indicate the release date of the movie and you won't see any date when looking at the movie.
I saw two ways to go around that. The first one is to pretend the movie is theatrical and then put a release date. After that in the comment box beside you add a note to specify it was a VOD release, Netflix Release etc. Doesn't seem to be totally right but at least this gives you a date if you look at the movie.

The second way I saw is to choose yes at "Direct To Video" and then add a note in the comment box. Seems more right but if I'm not wrong you won't see any release date looking at the movie. Except if you go into the specs to see it. Not the best I think.

I saw both ways and I wonder what is more acceptable?

Also to fix that would it be a good idea to add in the "Theatrical information" another option like "VOD"? With the possibility to add a release date and maybe even "VOD Service" choices to specify Amazon Prime, YouTube, Vudu or many of them as it's often the case

This way when a movie is released on VOD we would be able to add a release date for it. Sometime movies are released at the same time on VOD and blu-ray but on other case the blu-ray comes way later. This would allow to have a release date for the VOD and another one for the blu-ray whenever it comes out

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