As someone who often adds movies to his queue while they are still in theaters, this is very troubling. I will apparently not be able to add WB movies to my queue until 4 weeks after its DVD release. In my opinion, this is a (albeit small) fundamental change to Netflix’s service.
While the delays must have troubled them when the movie studios started the practice a few years ago, I wonder if Netflix now doesn’t mind after the statements Hastings made regarding not caring to grow the DVD business. If Netflix loses DVD rental customers due to the delays, I get the impression that they won’t mind, which is disappointing.