Rivals angry after video chain settles trade feud

13 March 2003
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13 March 2003

The UK's biggest video rental chain has angered its rivals after settling a trade dispute with AOL Time Warner.

Blockbuster agreed to end a boycott launched last year when Warner more than doubled the price of DVDs and videos bought by the chain to rent to the public.

Smaller rental chains are continuing the boycott. But they say the price hike could force them out of business because Warner's products are among the most popular.

Steve Sheasby, a director of the Moviezone chain, with 165 outlets nationwide, said the deal amounted to Warner turning its back on independent rental chains.

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