DVD

  1. Walmart Launches Disc To Digital Service

    March 14, 2012 8:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives. People who own DVDs or Blu-ray discs from five participati ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Analysis: Labels Began Phasing Out CD Manufacturing Plants A Decade Ago

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Yesterday we reported that Sony Music is closing a CD manufacturing plant in New Jersey. This is more than just a reaction to the current woes of the CD format. Sony's move out of CD manufacturing is just the latest example of major music com ...

  7. Home Movie Spending Holds in 2010

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. consumer spending on home entertainment dropped 3% in 2010, according to numbers released by movie business trade group Digital Entertainment Group . Revenue spent on packaged and digitally delivery movies was estimated to be $18.8 billion, j ...

  8. Cinram Reups With Warner Music Group

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian replicator Cinram International Income Fund may have stopped making DVDs for Warner Home Video, but it has reupped with Warner Music Group to supply recorded music products in the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe. "We are delighted t ...

  9. Music Sales Slump At New Zealand's Warehouse

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's home entertainment market leader the Warehouse has been hit by a slump in music and DVD sales. The mass merchant revealed 2.3% decline in full year-earnings to $83.2 million New Zealand ($68 million) for the year ending Aug. 2. ...

  10. Private Groups Acquire Alliance Ent.

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alliance Entertainment, the second largest music wholesaler in the United States, has been acquired by two private equity firms, Platinum Equity and the Gores Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Alliance Entertainment is ...

  11. Regency Media Acquires Aussie Music Group Shock

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian independent music company Shock has a new owner. Regency Media, one of the country's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of CDs and DVDs, has acquired the assets of Shock. Financial details were not disclosed. Melbou ...

  12. German Societies Agree PC Copying Fee

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German collection societies GEMA, GVL (German Collecting Society for Performers and Phonogram Producers), VG Wort (literature) and VG Bild-Kunst (pictures, artist) have come to an agreement via their common holding company ZPÜ (Central Organis ...

  13. Michael Jackson Doc Gets DVD Release Date

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony's Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" has been set for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 26. "This Is It" has rung up $71 million in domestic boxoffice since bowing in theaters Oct. 28, and the studio' ...

  14. Apple Unveils Music-Themed Movie Push

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple today will launch a new marketing and promotional effort designed to drive music buyers to music-themed movies in its video store. The most visible change to the iTunes service will be a Music Movies landing page dedicated to music films suc ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Scientists Create Discs Capable Of Holding 2,000 DVDs

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A team of Australian scientists has developed a new data storage technology that can apparently hold the equivalent of 2,000 DVDs on a single disc, and could be on the market within a decade. The researchers, from Melbourne's Swinburne Univer ...

  17. U.K. Indie RSK Moves To Trilogy

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent RSK Entertainment will move its distribution from Arvato to Trilogy Logistics, effective late April. In a statement, Newbury, Berkshire-based RSK's joint managing director Simon Carver cited "strategic" reasons that ...

  18. DVD, CD Retailers Still See A 'Shiny Disc World'

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Home entertainment retailers on Wednesday concluded a two-day pep rally staged to buck up sector spirits amid the challenging economic times. But in a sign of the times, participants in the Future of Packaged Media confab first had to reassure att ...

  19. Blu-ray Lights Up U.K. DVD Sales

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Demand for the high-definition Blu-ray format drove U.K. DVD volumes up in 2008, according to new figures from trade body the British Video Association. Total DVD sales rose 1.9% year-on-year to 252.9 million units. That included 3.7 million Blu-r ...

  20. F&TV Confab, Day Two: Secrets Behind Trailer Songs

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Film trailers play a crucial role in marketing upcoming releases, but those with the desire to enter the trailer business should be quick thinking and have a high endurance for stress, according to a panel of experts on Day two (Nov. 14) of the Bi ...

  21. Blu-ray Subjected To Japanese Copy Levy

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government has added Blu-ray Discs and Blu-ray Disc recorders to the list of products subject to private-copying levies. But copyright groups such as JASRAC and the RIAJ have expressed concern over the future of the copying-levy syste ...

  22. Spain Ignites 'Digital Canon'

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish consumers will from July 1 pay a special anti-piracy tax on all new gadgets capable of recording, copying or storing sound and images. The tax, known as the "digital canon", arrives 18 months after its scheduled date following so ...

  23. Spanish Cops Crack Piracy Ring

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish police have smashed an organized criminal syndicate based in the Madrid region that produced up to 150,000 counterfeit CDs and DVDs a day, and was worth €219 million ($339.5 million) a year. In simultaneous raids in six towns to the south ...

  24. Australia's Shock Restructures

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shock Entertainment, one of Australia's largest independent music and DVD companies, has merged its promo, marketing and online/digital departments. The 12 staffers in these divisions are now part of a new entity called the Media Department. ...

  25. WMI, Odyssey Strike Ukraine Pact

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has struck an exclusive licensing agreement with Odyssey that will see the Ukrainian distributor import, manufacture and distribute the music major's CD and DVD product. Through the agreement, effective from today, ...

  26. Report: Videogame Spending Tripled Last Year

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a good time to be in the videogame business. While spending on music fell 10% in 2007, according to new data from the NPD Group, videogame spending tripled in the same period, and DVD sales were largely flat. Retail sales of videogames j ...

  27. Canadian Biz Hails 'Biggest-Ever' Piracy Raid

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A police raid on an alleged music piracy operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba has resulted in what the Canadian record business claims is the largest counterfeit bust in Canadian history. According to the Canadian Recording Industry Association, a firm ...

  28. Toshiba Defiant After HD DVD Setback

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Toshiba Corp. executives had a tough moment Sunday, when they had to face reporters just two days after its HD DVD movie disc format was dealt a potentially fatal blow by the defection of Warner Bros. Entertainment to a rival technology. "It& ...

  29. Warner Home Video Drops HD DVD Support

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Home Video on Friday announced it is casting its lot exclusively with the Blu-ray Disc format, leaving rival HD DVD with just two studios. The move, which had been both widely expected and publicly denied, comes on the eve of the Consumer E ...

  30. Spanish Parliament OKs 'Digital Canon'

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Spanish music industry received a belated $46 million Christmas present on Thursday when Parliament approved a new digital tax in its last full session before the general elections on March 9. The so-called "digital canon" will apply ...

  31. Dutch Cops Bust DVD Gang

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dutch Fiscal and Economic Police officials are disassembling a pirate disc factory in the city of Velddriel after a raid on Tuesday yielded illicit CDs and copying hardware. The FIOD-ECD raid followed forensic investigations led by the IFPI, and a ...

  32. New Line To Issue First High Def Release

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New Line Home Entertainment has become the latest studio to jump into high-definition disc waters, announcing Tuesday that its first next-generation release will be the 2007 musical version of "Hairspray." The film, which grossed $107.3 ...

  33. Mail On Sunday Follows Prince Campaign With DVD First

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British newspaper the Mail on Sunday will back-up its controversial Prince "covermount" CD campaign with a groundbreaking DVD release. The Sept. 16 issue will premiere the DVD of Brendan Foley-directed film "The Riddle," which ...

  34. Dave Matthews Blu-Ray To Feature Dolby TrueHD

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The upcoming "Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City" Blu-ray release will be Sony BMG's first offering that features Dolby TrueHD, according to High-Def Digest . The next-generation lossless technology was developed f ...

  35. Brit Retailer Choicesuk Hits The Wall

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British DVD and music retailer ChoicesUK has called in the administrators and suspended trading in its shares on the AIM section of the London Stock Exchange. ChoicesUK has 170 outlets focusing on DVD and computer games for sale and rental. The co ...

  36. Paramount To Drop Blu-Ray

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will offer next-generation DVDs in the HD DVD format and drop support for Blu-ray, further complicating the race between the competing technologies. Monday's announcement affects the upcomi ...

  37. Malaysia Honors Anti-Piracy Canines

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Labradors Lucky and Flo became the first four-legged recipients of commendation medals conferred by the Malaysian government for outstanding service. The medals were conferred for five months of exception sniffing services for Malaysian anti-pirac ...

  38. Genesis Preps Reissues Second Phase

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Genesis is about to embark on the second phase of its albums reissuing project. From Oct. 1, Virgin/EMI will release four of the recently-reunited group's best-selling titles: "Genesis" (1983), "Invisible Touch" (1986), &q ...

  39. Koch Teams With Coming Home Media

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed a distribution agreement with Coming Home Media. The deal gives Koch exclusive physical and digital distribution rights in North America. Koch will be distributing Coming Home Media's fourth quarter ...

  40. Video Competition Extends Lifespan Of Alleycats' Songs

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Technology and art have formed a symbiotic relationship to ensure that the songs of popular Malaysian recording group the Alleycats live on through a video competition. The Alleycats have recorded 29 albums with Universal Music since their 1969 de ...

  41. High Noon For High Def

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If you want to watch high-definition versions of the latest James Bond film or Destiny's Child live onstage, you've got to get them on Blu-ray. And as the next-generation format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD continues to heat up, such e ...

  42. NARM Coverage: Execs Discuss New Digital Initiatives

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The top digital executives at the four major record labels assured a retailer-heavy crowd at NARM today that the digital music revolution would not pass them by. From searching for new physical music formats that bridge the digital/physical divide ...

  43. Optical Discs Seized In Aussie Raid

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT About 5,000 optical discs were confiscated in a raid Wednesday on an alleged illegal facility operating in the town of Ballina, on the northern New South Wales coast. Among the discs seized were copies of U2, Madonna and Robbie Williams CDs; illic ...

  44. Pinnacle Wants 'Candy'

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pinnacle Vision has added a touch of glamor to its ranks. The U.K.-based DVD and video specialist has struck a deal with London-based International Model Management to distribute six DVD titles in the model agency's premium "Candy" ...

  45. Heller Takes DVD Post With Uni U.K.

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Simon Heller is to take the position of GM, music DVD and audio-visual formats at Universal Music U.K. Heller will join Universal Music U.K. on March 5 from Warner Vision U.K., where he worked for eight years as GM. He previously held senior marke ...

  46. EC Clears Lite-On Buyout Of APM

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on Friday cleared Lite-On's takeover of Philips' CD and DVD vehicle entertainment system Automotive Playback Modules (APM). APM develops, manufactures and supplies CD and DVD playback modules. The Commission -- th ...

  47. Hi-Def Rivals In CES War Of Words

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Supporters of the two rival next-generation disc formats are slugging it out this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, with HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc predicting victory in the quest for a unified high-definition standard. HD DVD is banking its pre ...

  48. Still Joins UMGI

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International is bolstering its global audio-visual activities with the appointment of former Warner Vision International president Ray Still as a consultant to its board. In his new, immediately-effective role, Still becomes ...

  49. MPA Honors Top Copyright Enforcer

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Motion Picture Assn. named Philippines Optical Media Board chairman and actor Eduardo Manzano the top Asia-Pacific Copyright Enforcer at the CineAsia film industry trade show yesterday (Dec. 7) in Beijing. "One of the MPA's closest a ...

  50. EC Dumps Probe In DVD Import Levies

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Investigation into China, HK, Taiwan closed. The European Commission today (Oct. 24) dropped plans to slap import levies on imports of blank DVDs from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, after deciding that any such duties would provide little succour fo ...

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