Amazon stops pre-ordering Disney DVDs; streaming orders still accepted

In early May, Amazon started delaying shipments of Hachette titles for no stated reason — a book that Barnes and Noble shipped within 24 hours would take several weeks to arrive if you ordered it on Amazon. But why? Not until May 27 did Amazon admit, in an announcement posted in its Kindle Forum, that it was having a contract dispute with Hachette over what prices to charge for books. Now it appears Amazon is giving Disney properties the same treatment. Home Media Magazine first noticed late last week that the pre-order option for almost every upcoming Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD or Blu-Ray title (such as Captain America: the Winter Soldier and Maleficent) vanished from Amazon. Amazon customers can still pre-order these movies in streaming video form; they just can’t pre-order a DVD, Blu-Ray or any other physical copy of the movie. – Jennifer Abel,Consumer Affairs