Amazon and Warner Bros 'near' to resolving dispute

Amazon and Warner Bros 'near' to resolving dispute

Amazon.com Inc and Warner Bros are close to resolving a pricing dispute, with Amazon resuming pre-orders on movie discs from Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros studio, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Amazon started refusing pre-orders of upcoming Warner Bros home video movie titles in mid-May as it sought more favourable pricing terms from Warner.

However, Amazon made "The “Lego Movie" available for customers to order last week, ahead of its official DVD release this week, and customers can now also order other titles such as “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Winter’s Tale” early.

The news comes as Amazon is locked in an ongoing dispute with Hachette Book Group over contract terms.

It was recently revealed that Amazon wants Hachette to pay for services including pre-order buttons, personalised recommendations and a dedicated employee at Amazon for Hachette books.

UK publishers have also raised concerns about the retailer’s new contractual terms, which press for improved terms for Amazon through a number of new clauses, such as the proviso that Amazon would be entitled to supply copies of a book via its print-on-demand facilities if it was out of stock from the publisher.