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  1. 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 ...

  2. Canadian Tariffs Drop

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Board of Canada May 11 revealed the Private Copying Tariffs for 2005, 2006 and 2007 that lessens interim tariffs for music rights holders. The figures were published in the federal government's Canada Gazette. The Canadian Priva ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. K-Fed Branded Search Engine Launches

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the strangest digital entertainment development in recent memory, Kevin Federline -- the former Mr. Britney Spears -- has launched his own branded search engine in partnership with Web media firm Prodege.com. Powered by Yahoo, the searchwithkev ...

  5. 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" ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. CPCC Introduces Private Copying Tariff

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) today (Feb. 9) proposed a new private copying tariff for 2008 and 2009 to the Canadian Copyright Board, which has the authority to set tariff rates in Canada. The current private copying tariff expire ...

  8. EMI, Baidu Team For China Service

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Beijing-based Internet portal Baidu unveiled today (Jan. 16) the launch of an advertising-supported online music streaming service in China -- the first such arrangement between an Internet search engine and a major international lab ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. EU Delves Into Digital Music Archives

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST European Union culture ministers have backed plans to transform Europe's massive music archives into digital form and make them available on the Internet. European Union culture ministers have backed plans to transform Europe's massive m ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. DVD Slowdown Eases, Prices Still Falling

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nine-month spending at $15.9 billion. The third quarter is ending on a mixed note for DVD suppliers: The consumer video spending slowdown of the past 18 months appears to be leveling off, but price erosion at retail continues to affect the market. ...

  13. Amazon's CustomFlix Launches On-Demand CDs

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service offers artists and labels per-order manufacturing. Amazon.com subsidiary CustomFlix Labs today (Sept. 19) launched an on-demand CD manufacturing service. Similar to the company's DVD offerings, CustomFlix will target unsigned artists ...

  14. Argentine Officials Seize Disc Shipment

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT CDs and DVDs valued at more than 300K. Argentine customs officials seized a suspicious shipment of about 1 million blank recordable CDs and DVDs the week of Aug. 19, IFPI Latin America reported. According to the recording industry organization, sh ...

  15. Argentine Officials Seize Disc Shipment

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT CDs and DVDs valued at more than 300K. Argentine customs officials seized a suspicious shipment of about 1 million blank recordable CDs and DVDs the week of Aug. 19, IFPI Latin America reported. According to the recording industry organization, sh ...

  16. Fox Readies New Blu-Ray Wave

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nine titles expected for worldwide release. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Thursday (Aug. 31) is expected to reveal an ambitious slate of Blu-ray Disc titles, becoming the last of the five big studios supporting the next-generation optical di ...

  17. Paramount Readies First Blu-ray Wave

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Titles expected in the fall. Paramount Home Entertainment's first wave of Blu-ray titles are scheduled to hit stores in the fall. Eight titles are expected, with four—"Tomb Raider," "Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow," ...

  18. Three The Charm For 'M:I-3' DVD

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mission III to be released on three formats, same day. In an industry first, Paramount Home Entertainment is expected to announce Friday that it will release the $133.4 million summer movie hit on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc all on the same day: ...

  19. Jakarta Police Seize Pirate Discs In Raid

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indonesian police officers in Jakarta seized about 21,000 illegal CD discs plus 27,000 Video CD (VCD) units, 500,000 unfinished discs, and enough material to produce another 700,000-plus disc units in Indonesian police officers in Jakarta seized a ...

  20. 'Sopranos' Hitting HD-DVD

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Poised to become first TV series released on high-def discs. "The Sopranos" is poised to become the first TV series to be released on high-definition discs. HBO Video said Wednesday (Aug. 9) that its first release on the nascent HD-DVD f ...

  21. Group Approves Disc-burning Rules

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT DVD Copy Control Assn. passes changes. Advocates of burning DVDs at home, in small specialty stores and elsewhere besides manufacturing plants are about to receive the blessing of the DVD Copy Control Assn. The organization responsible for the enc ...

  22. Malaysian Officials Raid Pirate Operation

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Seven men arrested. Malaysian officers raided a licensed optical disc production factory suspected of manufacturing pirated VCDs and DVDs in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (Aug. 4). They arrested seven men and impounded two DVD and one VCD factory product ...

  23. Berlin Court Bans Bootleg of Prince Concert

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ruling is first to apply to a DVD in Germany. A Berlin court has granted U.S. rock singer Prince an injunction to halt the distribution of a DVD bootleg, entitled "Prince And The Revolution - The Homecoming," of a 1983 concert. This deci ...

  24. Eagle Vision, CinemaNow Pact

    July 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal brings 'Burn To DVD' service to U.S. Deal brings 'Burn To DVD' service to U.S. News ...

  25. Eagle Vision Preps High Definition DVD Rollout

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pat Metheny Group DVD first up. In what it describes as a first for a visual music company, Eagle Vision is to simultaneously issue a DVD release on both high definition formats and standard definition. Eagle Vision, the visual division of indepen ...

  26. Buena Vista Readies Original Titles For Blu-ray

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Series of short films to be shot in high-definition. Raising the bar in the Blu-ray Disc vs. HD DVD battle, Buena Vista Home Entertainment is creating a series of short films to be shot in high-definition to accompany select films the studio will ...

  27. Warner Preps First Blu-Ray Titles

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Four releases scheduled for August 1. Warner Home Video will launch its first wave of Blu-ray titles on August 1. The four titles are Training Day; Good Night and Good Luck; Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang; and Rumor Has It. Training Day and Good Night and ...

  28. Indonesian Raids Seize 434K Pirated Units

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three men arrested. Nearly half a million pirated movie DVD-Rs and music CD-Rs were seized in two Indonesian raids, the Motion Picture Assn. reported yesterday (July 10). On June 20 and June 26, acting on information generated during previous anti ...

  29. FBI Busts Int'l Piracy Ring

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT members arrested the New York area. Special agents from the FBI arrested today (June 28) 13 members of an international ring of movie thieves in the New York area, the Motion Picture Assn. of America reported. This ring is allegedly responsible ...

  30. Docurama Releases DVD 'Film Fest'

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Disto packages 10 documentaries as series. Documentary DVD distributor, Docurama—employing a novel marketing strategy—released the "Docurama Film Festival I" today (June 27). The distributor has packaged ten award-winning DVD documentari ...

  31. Blu-ray Bows To Small Sales, Little Fanfare

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Launch mirros rival HD-DVD's in mid-April. Last week's launch of the Blu-ray Disc format, much like that of rival HD-DVD in mid-April, was more a dress rehearsal than anything else. On June 20, the first seven titles, all from Sony Pictu ...

  32. SGAE: Spanish CD, DVD Market Down In 2005

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The value of Spain's videogame market in 2005 almost matched the combined value of the market for CDs and DVDs, the Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE said today (June 21) when it presented The value of Spain's video ...

  33. Indonesian Police Raid Jakarta House

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Arrest two, seize record 140 burners. Indonesian police in Jakarta raided a house in West Jakarta, arresting two men and seizing a record 140 DVD-R burners and 53,400 pirated optical discs that included 25,000 music CDs. The June 1 raid was part o ...

  34. Blu-ray Discs Get Release Date Pushed

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony: first batch ready May 23, will ship June 20. While HD DVD titles continue to trickle in, the retail arrival of the first Blu-ray Disc titles has been pushed back until June 20, a month later than originally scheduled. Sony Pictures Home Ente ...

  35. RIAA: DVD Video Shipments Slip For First Time

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New digital formats emerge including online video. According to 2005 year-end shipment numbers released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), music DVD video shipments—for the first time—are down from the previous year. The DVD ...

  36. Sonopress Opens For Biz In Russia

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST goal: press 13M CDs, 11M DVDs. Bertelsmann-owned disc replicator Sonopress has opened a CD and DVD plant in Russia. The new facility in Yaroslavl, 250 kilometres north of Moscow, is targeting production of 13 million CDs and 11 million DVDs i ...

  37. Sonopress Opens For Biz In Russia

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann-owned disc replicator Sonopress has opened a CD and DVD plant in Russia. The new facility in Yaroslavl, 250 kilometres north of Moscow, is targeting production of 13 million CDs and 11 mil Bertelsmann-owned disc replicator Sonopress ha ...

  38. Still Waiting For HD-DVD

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Home Video pushed its initial slate of titles. It's official: When the first HD-DVD players, from Toshiba, begin arriving in stores this month, there won't be any software for at least another three weeks. Warner Home Video said M ...

  39. Studios, Vid Marketers Tout Titles With Musical Hook

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trend in Hollywood: melding musicians with movies. The Weinstein Co. and Genius Products are showing their hipness by playing up the music angle of the upcoming DVD release of "Derailed." The title hits stores Tuesday with an extended ve ...

  40. First Blu-ray Titles Coming May 23

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Initial product coming from Sony, Lionsgate. The first Blu-ray DVDs will debut in stores May 23. Eight titles from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment —“50 First Dates,” “The Fifth Element,” “Hitch,” “House of Flying Dagger ...

  41. Commission Closes Probe Into Philips CD-R Patent

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has dropped its anti-trust investigation into Philips' proprietary software for CD-Recordable discs. The Commission said today (Feb. 9) it had closed the case after the Dutch e The European Commission has dropped its a ...

  42. Commission Closes Probe Into Philips CD-R Patent

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has dropped its anti-trust investigation into Philips' proprietary software for CD-Recordable discs. The Commission said today (Feb. 9) it had closed the case after the Dutch e The European Commission has dropped its a ...

  43. First Blu-Ray Discs To Cost $30 Each

    February 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony Pictures Home Entertainment reported today (Feb. 7) that its first Blu-ray DVD titles will have a wholesale price of $23.45 for new releases and $17.95 for catalog titles. Consumers can expect to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment reported toda ...

  44. Sources: DualDisc Operations To Hire Sondheim

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a move that signals Sony BMG's ongoing support for the nascent DualDisc configuration, the major label is creating new dedicated senior staffing roles to oversee its efforts in creating and distrib In a move that signals Sony BMG's on ...

  45. Instant Live Embraces New Format

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST SRS Circle Surround 5.1 to be an option. SRS Circle Surround 5.1 to be an option. News ...

  46. Warner To Release 200 Catalog Titles This Year

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Home Video yesterday (Jan. 30) unveiled a huge theatrical catalog release slate for the year, which will include more than 200 separate titles. Warner Home Video yesterday (Jan. 30) unveiled a huge theatrical catalog release slate for the y ...

  47. Malaysian Raid Seizes Four Factory Production Lines

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Eight people were arrested. Malaysian law enforcement officials accompanied by Motion Picture Assn. representatives raided a suspected pirate optical disc production factory yesterday (Jan. 25) in Johor Bahru, seizing four DVD/VCD factory producti ...

  48. Buena Vista, Warner Announce First Blu-ray Releases

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Blu-ray ramp up continues as Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video have officially revealed their first releases for the format, which is expected to debut this spring. The Blu-ray ramp up continues as Buena Vista Home Entertain ...

  49. HD DVD Product Slates Revealed

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST As expected, more major studios have revealed product slates in the impending next-generation DVD format war. As expected, more major studios have revealed product slates in the impending next-generation DVD format war. Warner Home Video and Unive ...

  50. 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 ...

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