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  1. Blockbuster to Close Remaining 300 Stores in U.S.

    November 07, 2013 5:51 AM EST What's left of Blockbuster's company-owned storefronts in the United States will be shuttered by early 2014.  On Wednesday, Dish Network said that the formerly dominant video rental retailer will close its roughly 300 stores and distri ...

  2. Redbox Gets The Ticket

    October 15, 2012 6:18 AM EDT DVD rental specialist diversifies, bringing ticketing to where consumers spend their time and money: the local store. Redbox, with its ubiquitous DVD rental kiosks, is entering the ticketing game, beginning in Philadelphia with tickets available ...

  3. Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO, on the Digital 'Chaos,' AOL's Downfall at Milken Institute

    May 02, 2012 6:27 AM EDT At one time, AOL was the Internet's premiere "walled garden" of services and content. But the removal of that wall that began in 2006 "was probably the downfall of AOL," Bob Pittman said Tuesday. "Facebook is the seco ...

  4. INgrooves to Purchase Fontana

    March 02, 2012 1:18 PM EST INgrooves, the digital aggregator launched in 2002, hs purchased Fontana, the indie distribution company owned by Universal Music Group, the company announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal gives the digital distributor a fu ...

  5. Verizon To Launch Streaming Service With Redbox, Challenge To Netflix

    February 07, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks. Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent company, said Monday that the ser ...

  6. Read: Steve Jobs' Billboard 2004 Cover Story

    October 06, 2011 6:35 PM EDT On the occasion of the one year anniversary of the Apple iTunes store on May 1, 2004, Billboard ran a Q&A with Steve Jobs. Here the Apple co-founder and CEO, who seldom pulled his punches, called the legal music download market before iTunes & ...

  7. Ticketmaster Now Selling Tickets at Walmart

    August 04, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Ticketmaster has partnered with Walmart to sell tickets through kiosks at hundreds of the retailer's locations around the country. Live Nation, parent company of Ticketmaster, first revealed details of a partnership with Walmart back in Febru ...

  8. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

  9. Business Matters: DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest In Pandora

    June 28, 2011 8:47 PM EDT DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest in Pandora -- According to numerous media reports, satellite television operator DISH Network may buy an interest in, or outright acquire, personalized Internet radio company Pandora Media. The comment made by ...

  10. Google Report on DVD's Decline, Not Death

    April 22, 2011 2:09 PM EDT Google can tell consumer interest in DVDs is waning because of how people use its search engine. DVD-related search terms have been on the decline at Google since late 2008 while Netflix has constantly grown. And that decline in search terms mirro ...

  11. Dish Network to Keep 600 Blockbuster Stores Open: Report

    April 19, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Dish Network, which recent won approval from a bankruptcy court judge to acquire Blockbuster for $320 million, plan to keep 600 of the movie-rental chain's stores open, the Dallas Morning News reported. The satellite TV provider said in a Sat ...

  12. Netflix Data on Customer Viewing Habits Sparks Class Action Lawsuit

    March 17, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Netflix is contending with a new class action lawsuit that alleges the streaming service violates customer privacy by retaining viewing and payment records even after a customer cancels his or her service. Peter Comstock, a Virginia resident, file ...

  13. Sub Pop Signs Australian Deal

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Inertia has reached an exclusive arrangement with Sub Pop to distribute the iconic Seattle label's works down under. With immediate effect, Inertia will represent all Sub Pop's upcoming and catalog re ...

  14. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  15. Blockbuster To File For Bankruptcy This Week

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Video rental giant Blockbuster is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as early as today, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing sources. Investor Carl Icahn, who owns about a third of the firm's senior debt, is p ...

  16. New Owner For Australian Distributor Stomp

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stomp Entertainment, one of Australia's leading independent distributors, has changed hands. Stomp was acquired Aug. 13 by Surrealus, a new company owned by Paul Uniacke and Edward Nedelko, directors of Franchise Entertainment Group. In a sta ...

  17. Apodaca Promotions Wins $100K Judgment

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Houston-based Apodaca Promotions has won a judgment of $100,000 plus attorneys' fees and interest against parties it sued last year over alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition with Colombian cumbia act La Sonora Dinamita. Apoda ...

  18. 7-Eleven, Whole Foods Come Together for Fab 4

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles will get a little help from new corporate friends on Sept. 9 when EMI Music embarks on the global launch of its digitally remastered Beatles catalog on CD to coincide with the release of videogame The Beatles: Rock Band. It will be har ...

  19. The Michael Jackson Movie You Never Saw

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT He may be known for his music, but few knew Michael Jackson also enjoyed another artistic outlet: the movies. The King of Pop's long association with a small-time filmmaker led to a featured role in a campy 2007 film unknown to many of his fa ...

  20. Live Nation, Blockbuster Ink Ticket Deal

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has signed a three-year deal with Blockbuster whereby the latter will be the exclusive physical retail ticket outlet for Live Nation Ticketing, Live Nation's new in-house ticketing company, beginning with the start of the 2009 con ...

  21. Dods AWOL As NZ's Sounds Goes Into Liquidation

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, the company behind New Zealand's largest specialist music chain was formally placed in liquidation today (Jan. 31), with the majority of creditors unlikely to see any of NZ$25 million ($19 million)-plus owed. At a watershed meeti ...

  22. NZ Retailer Prepares To Sound-Off

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Liquidation is looming for New Zealand's largest specialty music retailer Sounds, with the administrators of its parent company recommending it be wound-up. In a report issued today (January 23), administrator BDO Spicers recommends that the ...

  23. NZ's Sounds Music Enters Into Administration

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The owner of New Zealand's biggest specialist chain Sounds Music has gone into voluntary administration. After months of industry speculation about the fate of the group, BDO Spicers have today been appointed administrator of Icon Digital Ent ...

  24. Napster Names COO

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster has hired Christopher Allen as its new COO, replacing Laura Goldberg, who is leaving the company. Allen was most recently VP of product strategy, design and marketing for Blockbuster Online. He held similar titles at Yahoo Music and MusicM ...

  25. Blockbuster's Napleton Joins HMV

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based music and entertainment giant HMV has recruited Blockbuster executive Steve Napleton to the new role as supply chain director, with effect from October 2007. Napleton also joins HMV's board of directors. "Steve comes with a we ...

  26. Sacem And SDRM Sue AllofMp3, Mp3sugar

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights societies Sacem and SDRM have taken joint legal action against Allofmp3 and Mp3sugar, two Russian services which sell music downloads for unusually low prices. The action was filed at the French Tribunal de Grande Instance of ...

  27. AEG Acquires Ken Ehrlich Productions

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal will provide new marketing platforms. Los Angeles-based AEG, the parent company of international promoter AEG Live, revealed Nov. 1 that it has purchased Ken Ehrlich Productions from owner/founder Ken Ehrlich, who is known for producing such ...

  28. Blockbuster Sounds Out NZ Market

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A major new force in home entertainment retailing has emerged in New Zealand. The territory's master franchisee for Blockbuster has acquired the country's biggest specialist music retailer Sounds. A major new force in home entertainment ...

  29. Blockbuster Sounds Out NZ Market

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.S. home entertainment giant makes its move. A major new force in home entertainment retailing has emerged in New Zealand. The territory's master franchisee for Blockbuster has acquired the country's biggest specialist music retailer So ...

  30. Amazon Launches Movie Download Service

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com on Thursday (Sept. 7) unveiled a widely anticipated Internet service offering movies and TV shows that can be downloaded to personal computers, moving it into a nascent and higher-margin bu Amazon.com on Thursday (Sept. 7) unveiled a wi ...

  31. Amazon Launches Movie Download Service

    September 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Unbox' went live Sept. 7. Amazon.com on Thursday (Sept. 7) unveiled a widely anticipated Internet service offering movies and TV shows that can be downloaded to personal computers, moving it into a nascent and higher-margin business. Th ...

  32. Blockbuster To Cut 300 Jobs

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rental giant Blockbuster today (Feb. 8) laid out plans to eliminate 300 jobs at its corporate headquarters in Dallas and McKinney, Texas. Rental giant Blockbuster today (Feb. 8) laid out plans to eliminate 300 jobs at its corporate headquarters in ...

  33. Blockbuster, N.J. Settle Over 'No Late Fees'

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blockbuster will pay more than $140,000 to customers and the state of New Jersey in a settlement over its 'No Late Fees' program. Blockbuster will pay more than $140,000 to customers and the “state of New Jersey in a settlement over its ...

  34. Blockbuster Stores Differ On Fee Policy

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'No Late Fees' discontinued at 150 locations. Blockbuster’s “No Late Fees” program is being discontinued at some of its franchise locations in the South. It is believed that about 150 Blockbuster-owned rental stores in Alabama, Arkansas, ...

  35. 'Big Blue' In Big Trouble

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Blockbuster says it intends to reduce its costs by more than $100 million next year and an additional $50 million 2007. Blockbuster says it intends to reduce its costs by more than $100 million next year and an additional $50 million 2007. The com ...

  36. U.K. Vid Retailers Amp Up Piracy Campaign

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Britain's video industry on Sept. 12 launched the second phase of its campaign to raise consumer awareness of the damaging effects of piracy not just on the entertainment industry but on society as a LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Britain ...

  37. U.K. Retailers Back Piracy Plan

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Plans for a brace of initiatives to tackle DVD piracy were revealed Aug. 22 by an alliance of retailers and a member of parliament in the effort to fight against the U.K.'s £1.3 billion ($2.3 billion LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Plans f ...

  38. Blockbuster Earnings Down In Second Quarter

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rental chain reports $57.2 million net loss. Blockbuster today (Aug. 9) reports a $57.2 million net loss and a 1.6% total revenue decrease for the second quarter. The rental chain's stock fell about 10% to $7.22, from $8.01 at the end of Mond ...

  39. Capital, First Look Merge

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Henry Winterstern's Capital Entertainment Corp. works with First Look Media to focus on home entertainment, theatrical production and distribution and foreign sales. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Henry Winterstern's Capital Entertainment C ...

  40. Report: Home Video Watchers Rampant

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Video Software Dealers Assoc. released a report today (July 25) revealing that more people view the latest movies on home video than on any other medium. The Video Software Dealers Assoc. released a report today (July 25) revealing that more p ...

  41. CinemaNow Launches New Web Site

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Features include expanded search functions. Online video-on-demand service CinemaNow launched a new version of its Web site today (July 19). Updates to the service include a dedicated area for content for portable media devices, a new music video ...

  42. Movie Gallery To Close 51 Game Crazy Stores

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rental chain appoints new executive VP/CFO. Rental chain Movie Gallery, second in size to Blockbuster after recently acquiring Hollywood Entertainment, will be closing 51 of Hollywood's Game Crazy video game stores by the end of this month. A ...

  43. How Many More Monthly Fees Can Consumers Stand?

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's a spirited debate going on between those who think à la carte downloads are the key to music's digital future and those who see subscription services as the cure for what ails the music b Ken Schlager is co-executive edi ...

  44. How Many More Monthly Fees Can Consumers Stand?

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's a spirited debate going on between those who think à la carte downloads are the key to music's digital future and those who see subscription services as the cure for what ails the music b Ken Schlager is co-executive edi ...

  45. Netflix Takes Over Wal-Mart DVD Rentals

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart Stores is handing off its online DVD rental business to Netflix, signaling the world's largest retailer couldn't beat the Internet upstart at its own game. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores is handing off its online DVD rent ...

  46. Case Summary: Contractual Waiver of Jury Trial

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Many contracts include a provision stating that the parties agree to waive their right to a jury trial if they later end up in a dispute over the contract. Not every state court enforces this right, h Many contracts include a provision stating tha ...

  47. Blockbuster Reports $57.5 Million Net Loss

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Blockbuster is reporting a $57.5 million net loss for the first quarter of the year. LOS ANGELES -- Blockbuster is reporting a $57.5 million net loss for the first quarter of the year. The company says that the primary culprits were costs relating ...

  48. Case Summary: Contractual Waiver of Jury Trial

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Many contracts include a provision stating that the parties agree to waive their right to a jury trial if they later end up in a dispute over the contract. Not every state court enforces this right, h Many contracts include a provision stating tha ...

  49. Blockbuster Reports $57.5 Million Net Loss

    May 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Company cites "No Late Fees" program as a culprit. Blockbuster is reporting a $57.5 million net loss for the first quarter of the year. The company says that the primary culprits were costs relating to the "No Late Fees" progra ...

  50. Hollywood Shareholders Approve Movie Gallery Merger

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood Entertainment Corp. announced April 22 that its shareholders have officially approved a merger with fellow rental chain Movie Gallery. LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood Entertainment Corp. announced April 22 that its shareholders have officially ...

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