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  1. 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 ...

  2. The End of German Discos? New GEMA Tariffs Ignite Nightclub Protests

    June 26, 2012 8:46 AM EDT A note on Berlin's Berghain nightclub's website against GEMA's new fees encourages supporters to sign a petition. BERLIN - More than 2,000 German discotheque owners are protesting against a new tariff structure implemented by the Ge ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. EBay Launches Celebrity Charity Destination

    November 07, 2011 8:14 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The online auction site eBay has learned from experience what kind of excitement a lock of Justin Bieber's hair can cause. Earlier this year, a bit of Bieber's famous bangs raised $40,668 for an animal rescue organization ...

  5. Business Matters: The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

    October 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT The Orchard Branches Out Into Action Sports Video -- Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will b ...

  6. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

  7. EMI Auction: Who's Got the Inside Track?

    September 30, 2011 4:30 PM EDT With the second-round, Oct. 5 deadline looming large in the EMI auction process, it sounds like the strategic bidders have the inside track, according to an informal survey of bidders, consultants involved in the deal and industry sources generall ...

  8. Are Netflix's Best Days Behind It?

    September 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Netflix is trying to boost business by chopping its services into two separate parts. Unfortunately for investors, the company's stock price is what's really been cleaved. The company that once seemed like it could do no ...

  9. Higher Netflix Prices Equals Fewer Subscribers, Lower Stocks

    September 16, 2011 7:45 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's decision to raise prices by as much as 60 percent is turning into a horror show. The customer backlash against the higher rates, kicking in this month, has been much harsher than Netflix Inc. anticipated. That p ...

  10. Access Over Ownership? It's Happening in Video

    August 09, 2011 11:31 AM EDT How important is it to own your favorite album or film? Habits are changing in the video market, where access is quickly overtaking ownership. In the first half of 2011, American consumers spent more money renting movies than purchasing them, acco ...

  11. Bits & Briefs

    August 08, 2011 6:35 AM EDT Mobile Gamers Willingly Buy In-Game Content More proof that the freemium model?otherwise known as "try before you buy"?is working on the mobile app front: App analytics company Flurry says games that are free to download but sell in-ga ...

  12. Wal-Mart Offers Video Streaming Via Vudu Post Netflix Price Increases

    July 26, 2011 8:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Now playing: Movies at Walmart.com. The world's largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc ...

  13. Netflix Stock Drops After Quarterly Earnings Report Release

    July 25, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Shares of Netflix, which bucked Wall Street's downward trend on Monday during the regular session, fell as much as 10% in after-hours trading upon release of quarterly earnings data. The company also suggested slower growth in the near term, ...

  14. Business Matters: Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement?

    July 18, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement? -- Here's a good question: should ISPs in New Zealand pay the enforcement costs of three strikes? It's more than an academic question. A stakeholder that bears no direct costs in fighting piracy has a ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  17. Netflix Rates Rise Up To 60 Pct For DVD, Streaming

    July 12, 2011 10:10 PM EDT Netflix is raising its prices by as much as 60 percent for millions of subscribers who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet. The company is separating the two options so that subscribers who want both will have to buy separate ...

  18. Sony Movies Still Off Netflix in Starz Dispute

    June 21, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NEW YORK - Netflix Inc's online video subscribers have not had access to movies distributed by Sony Corp Pictures Entertainment for four days, due to a dispute between the studio and its pay-TV partner Starz Entertainment. Starz is the exclus ...

  19. Tennessee Passes Web Entertainment Theft Bill

    June 01, 2011 4:54 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login -- even with permission -- to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Net ...

  20. YouTube Adds 3,000 Movies for Rental Debut

    May 09, 2011 1:30 PM EDT YouTube is adding more than 3,000 movies for its users to rent starting on Monday, along with the millions of free user-created videos the popular website is best known for. Google Inc-owned YouTube is offering a mix of older Hollywood blockbuster ...

  21. What the Music Business Can Learn From Netflix's Success

    April 26, 2011 12:39 PM EDT If the record industry wants music subscription services to become mainstream products, it should pay close attention to the factors behind growth at Netflix. In the first quarter of 2011 , the online video rental service added 3.6 million subscri ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Big Entertainment Stocks Post First-Quarter Gains

    April 01, 2011 7:35 AM EDT The opening quarter of 2011 saw the shares of a range of entertainment conglomerates hit new multiyear highs as double-digit gains for all sector biggies except Sony Corp. outpaced the broad-based S&P 500 stock index. The gains, led again by C ...

  24. Rdio Service Outage: Bad News For The Music Cloud?

    March 21, 2011 11:19 AM EDT As Rdio subscribers found out on Saturday, customers of streaming services will have to deal with the occasional service outage. Listening to MP3 files carries no such uncertainty. But will this get in the way of consumers' adoption of cloud ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Business Matters: First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth Of An Album's First-Year Sales

    March 09, 2011 4:15 PM EST First-Week Sales Are Now One-Fourth of an Album's First Year Sales -- How important are an album's first-week sales? In the first calendar year of an album's release, first-week sales accounted for 24.5% of an album's sales in ...

  27. Business Matters: Who Will Soon Join Eminem in YouTube Billion-Airs Club?

    February 23, 2011 2:58 PM EST The YouTube Billion-Airs Club: Eminem, Bieber, Gaga and...Rhi Rhi? -- Who will follow Eminem to become the fourth artist to surpass one billion YouTube views? Rihanna, who currently has nearly 986 million YouTube views. Based on her daily average ...

  28. @CES 2011 Update: Time Warner CEO on Cord-Cutting; Rock Band For Smartphones, Home Video DRM

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Among the latest news coming out of CES are Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes take on the theory of cord-cutting as well as new product announcements like Rock Band for smartphones, the Ultraviolet digital rights management system for home video and Son ...

  29. Study Shows Most Americans Have Paid for Online Content

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Most Americans have paid for online content in some form, according to a new Pew Internet report -- though they aren't spending very much. According to the report , 65% of Americans have paid for some type of online content. A third of consum ...

  30. Business Matters: Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act, Low Power FM Stations To Increase -- The U.S. Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act on Friday. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It now awaits the president's approval. ...

  31. The Apple TV Juggernaut: Sales Expected To Reach 1 Million This Week

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc forecast sales of Apple TV would climb to 1 million this week and said that iTunes users are now renting and buying more than 400,000 TV shows and more than 150,000 movies per day. In September, Apple introduced a new version of Apple TV ...

  32. Business Matters: Best Buy Shares Sink After Disappointing Earnings Results

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Best Buy's Comp Store Revenue Drops -- U.S. retail sales fared well in November, but Americans aren't rushing to big screen TVs at big box retailers like they did last year. Best Buy's comp store revenue dropped 5% in the quarter en ...

  33. Amazon to Launch Rival to Netflix

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Entertainment and technology companies are exploring new online services that would offer film and TV content to rival Netflix's streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The moves come amid concern that Netflix could end up ...

  34. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  35. Business Matters: How To Handle Amazon Sale Prices

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Asthmatic Kitty: Don't Feel Guilty About Amazon Prices -- Recall when the Asthmatic Kitty label criticized Amazon.com's sale prices for devaluing music? The label's head of A&R, ...

  36. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Hulu, Apple and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Ticketmaster now has more pricing transparency in its ticket search process , Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff revealed in a Twitter post. It’s not all-in pricing, but it’s ...

  37. Business Matters: MySpace, Grooveshark, Netflix and more

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Redesign -- MySpace users’ home pages are getting a redesign. Some users got the new page on Wednesday but the broader rollout isn’t until Monday, August 16. The new page looks a lot like a Facebook page, with a feed (called a stream) domi ...

  38. More Online Unique Video Viewers In March

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More US consumers watched online videos in March, according to figures released on Tuesday by Nielsen , but they watched fewer videos than in the year-prior period. Unique viewers grew 1.3% year-over-year to 131.7 million but the number of views d ...

  39. Recession, Not Web, Is Why DVD Sales Are Off

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's mostly bad news, but there's a silver lining for DVD retailers: The recession, not the spread of digital video distribution, is what's driving notable declines in disc purchasing. Those are among key findings of a recent consum ...

  40. EMI Licenses Catalog To Airport Kiosks

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group agreed to license music for the digital media kiosk InMotion. The InMotion kiosks, located in some 20 major U.S. airports, are touchscreen machines that let users sample, buy and download various types of entertainment. EMI did not ...

  41. eBay Hosts Independents Day Auction

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Independents Day auction, mooted as the largest-ever sale of music memorabilia and experiences, has gone live on eBay. Items up for sale include a test pressing of the Arctic Monkeys sophomore album "Favourite Worst Nightmare," signe ...

  42. Social Network Targets Over 35 Crowd

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT GetBack Media , a social network from the founders of DVD company Shout! Factory that's geared for people over age 35, is set to launch today stocked with music and TV content. The site offers community tools for people ages 35-55. The focus ...

  43. Netflix Teams With Actors For Concerts

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online movie rental service Netflix has revealed the lineup for three free summer concerts/film screenings that will feature music performances by Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, the Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael) and the Bruce Willis Blues Ban ...

  44. Netflix Offers $1 Million Reward

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wants recommendations on how to improve. Online DVD rental pioneer Netflix Inc. wants recommendations on how to improve its movie-recommendation system so badly that it's dangling a $1 million reward as an incentive. The prize, offered in a c ...

  45. Netflix Sinks On Slow Guidance

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Shares of online DVD rental pioneer Netflix Inc. plunged more than 20% in after-hours trading Monday (July 24) after the company reported earnings that topped estimates, but offered guidance that disa Shares of online DVD rental pioneer Netflix In ...

  46. Blockbuster Files Antitrust Claims Against Netflix

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Netflix sued Blockbuster in an April lawsuit. Blockbuster Inc., North America's largest video rental chain, on Tuesday (June 13) said it filed antitrust counterclaims in a San Francisco federal lawsuit brought by Netflix Inc., an online DVD r ...

  47. Netflix Settlement OK'd

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company to offer a free month to 5.5 million subs. A judge has approved a class-action settlement requiring Netflix Inc. to offer a free month of DVDs to 5.5 million current and former subscribers, resolving a case that prompted the online rental ...

  48. Australia's Brazin Introduces Download Kiosks

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Retailer offers ringtones in-store. Australian music retail market leader Brazin is from today (Feb. 15) rolling out the country's first in-store download kiosks through its 392 Sanity, HMV and Virgin outlets. The Fast Tracks Kiosks will allo ...

  49. Total Home Video Spending Flattens in 2005

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST DEG reports $24.3 billion DVD, VHS spending. Home video spending in the U.S. decreased slightly in 2005 compared to 2004, according to a report issued by the Digital Entertainment Group today (jan. 5) at the International Consumer Electronics Show ...

  50. DVD Subscription Model On Fast Track In Europe

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST More than half of the United Kingdom's video rental transactions and rental spending will be delivered via Netflix-style online services by 2009, according to a new report from analysts Screen Digest. LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- More t ...

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