In China, if you want to buy a legitimate DVD of a movie made by Paramount or Warner Brothers, it’ll soon cost you only $3 and will be available two weeks after the movie’s theatrical release.
That being said, $3 is “more than double the typical price for illicit street copies of the same movies,” according to Ars Technica. And pirates don’t have much incentive to abide by the two-week rule. Still, Ars points out (and I agree) that $3 is better than $0, which is what the studios are effectively making now. Plus, you’d think that the legal DVDs would be higher quality and maybe include some extras not found on the street corner versions.
Paramount and Warner Bros. market $3 DVDs in China [Ars Technica]