Summary Box: HBO stops selling DVDs to Netflix

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NO MORE: HBO says it will no longer sell discounted DVDs of hit shows like “Boardwalk Empire” to Netflix.

WHAT THAT MEANS: Netflix Inc. can maintain its mail-order movie rental offerings by buying HBO discs from other sources — even retail stores. Still, HBO’s jab heightens the growing rivalry between the companies.

A STRING OF REFUSALS: HBO has consistently refused to license its hit shows to Netflix’s online streaming service. The decision to also halt bulk disc sales to Netflix is intended to encourage those who want to watch HBO’s shows to subscribe to HBO.