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  1. U.K. DVD Sales Fall 5% In 2005

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Maturing market, piracy blamed. Despite an increase in household penetration of DVD players, the U.K. home video market reported a 5% fall in unit sales in 2005, the British Video Association said Wednesday (Jan. 4). The blame for the decline was ...

  2. U.K. DVD Sales Fall 5% In 2005

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite an increase in household penetration of DVD players, the U.K. home video market reported a 5% fall in unit sales in 2005, the British Video Association said Wednesday (Jan. 4). Despite an increase in household penetration of DVD players, t ...

  3. Major Studios Report First Blu-ray Release Slates

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Four major studios today (Jan. 4) revealed their product slates in support of the next-generation Blu-ray DVD format. Four major studios today (Jan. 4) revealed their product slates in support of the next-generation Blu-ray DVD format. Sony Pictur ...

  4. Raid In Columbia Seizes 210K CD-Rs, 100K DVD-Rs

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST A joint operative between police, prosecutors and anti-piracy teams in Colombia resulted in the seizure of 210,000 recorded music CD-Rs, along with nearly 100,000 counterfeit DVD-Rs, 1.1 million inlay A joint operative between police, prosecutors ...

  5. Sony BMG Names Creative Chief For Content, DVDs

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Exec of Nat'l Geographic Channel moves to role. Andrew C. Wilk has been named chief creative officer of content, DualDisc and DVD at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. He reports to Andrew Lack, CEO of Song BMG, and will be based in New York. Wilk ...

  6. First HD DVD, Blu-ray Titles Due In March

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Independent video producers and distributors Goldhil Entertainment and R&B Films will be jointly releasing the first commercially available title on the HD DVD and Blu-ray next-generation formats. Independent video producers and distributo ...

  7. Infomercial On-Demand Option Added To DVDs

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Feature to be offered on upcoming titles. The new company Studio Store Direct is expanding the marketing capability of DVDs by offering a new feature for discs that allow viewers to watch infomercials on-demand. SSD already has deals in place with ...

  8. Movie Gallery Anticipates Slow Quarter

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Movie Gallery anticipates a soft fourth quarter due to a weakness in popular DVD releases and the maturation of game platforms. Movie Gallery anticipates a soft fourth quarter due to a weakness in popular DVD releases and the maturation of game pl ...

  9. Warner Home Video Embraces Blu-ray

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Warner Home Video announced Oct. 20 that it will be releasing films on the high-definition format Blu-ray. LOS ANGELES -- As expected, Warner Home Video announced Oct. 20 that it will be releasing films on the high-definition format B ...

  10. HP: New Specs Will Help Blu-ray

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hewlett-Packard, a major supporter of the Blu-ray Disc format, late Oct. 19 said it has issued a formal appeal to the Blu-ray Disc Assn. to include two new technologies, iHD and Managed Copy, as part (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Hewlett-Packard, a ...

  11. Rhythm & Blues

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Columbia/Legacy commemorated Bill Withers' momentous 1971 Sussex Records debut album "Just As I Am," Oct. 11 with a DualDisc reissue of which also marks the album's U.S. CD debut. Read Gail Mitchell's Columbia/Legacy comme ...

  12. Warner Home Video Embraces Blu-ray

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Uni now the only studio to solely support HD DVD. As expected, Warner Home Video announced today (Oct. 20) that it will be releasing films on the high-definition format Blu-ray. Previously, WHV, which also includes sister companies New Line Home E ...

  13. Authorities Raid Major Piracy Center In India

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Seized 16,855 pirated discs. A special intellectual property unit of the Delhi police raided a major piracy center in New Delhi Oct. 13, resulting in one of the largest seizures of pirated optical discs in India. The owner of Palika Bazaar in New ...

  14. Luis Miguel To Release Greatest Hits

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Will be the first in his long career. Pop crooner Luís Miguel will, for the first time, release a greatest hits collection that encompasses his more than two-decades long career. "Grandes Extios," due out Nov. 22 on Warner Music Latina, ...

  15. Warner Reportedly Close To Blu-ray Deal

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Will continue to embrace rival HD DVD format. Will continue to embrace rival HD DVD format. News ...

  16. Paramount To Back Blu-ray And HD DVD

    October 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Becomes first studio to back both formats. Paramount Home Entertainment will be supporting next generation format Blu-ray as well as rival format HD DVD. Paramount announced its backing of the Toshiba-led HD DVD last November, along with Warner Ho ...

  17. Intel, Microsoft Support HD DVD

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Latest supporters in format war. In the latest addition to the next-generation DVD format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray, Microsoft and Intel say they are backing the Toshiba-led HD DVD format. HD DVD, which is also supported by NEC and Sanyo, may ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Biz Still Split On HD

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As the introduction of the first high-definition DVD format draws nearer, members from all sides of the industry continue the debate over what impact the new technology will have on the home video mar As the introduction of the first high-definiti ...

  20. DVD Format War Looms

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chances looked slim that consumers will be spared a DVD format war, as the backers of one standard said Sept. 2 there was no common ground for a unified format and it was on track for a market launch BERLIN (Reuters) -- Chances looked slim that co ...

  21. Major Music, Film Companies Back Blu-ray

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Lions Gate Entertainment are the latest companies to throw their support into the Blu-ray high definition DVD ring. LOS ANGELES -- Universal Music Group and Lions Gate Entertainment are the latest companies to throw their ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Blu-ray Tames Lions Gate

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lions Gate Entertainment is the latest home video company to throw its support into the Blu-ray high definition DVD ring, revealing today (Aug. 17) plans to release new theatrical DVDs, TV titles and Lions Gate Entertainment is the latest home vid ...

  24. Blu-ray Consortium Launches New DVD Security Features

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Blu-ray Disc Assn. plans to fight piracy by rolling out the next generation of DVDs with new security features. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One of the two groups vying to produce the next generation of DVDs rolled out new security features Aug. 9 to ...

  25. BeatBox

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fischerspooner, Damian Lazarus and Black Strobe contribute exclusive DJ mixes to "The Other Side," a series of interactive travel guides in the two-sided DualDisc format. The DVD component will featur Fischerspooner, Damian Lazarus and B ...

  26. Report From NARM's Third Day

    August 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT UMVD Presents Upcoming Releases Universal Music & Video Distribution launched the third day of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention with a three-song performance by Styx, followed by a showcase of wares the company will bri ...

  27. Higher Ground

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Shaun Groves feels his new album's subject matter should have broad appeal because of the relevance of those scriptures to different cultures. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Shaun Groves feels his new album's subject matter shou ...

  28. Home Vision Goes For $8 Mil

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Independent DVD producer and distributor Image Entertainment has purchased Home Vision Entertainment, a fellow independent DVD supplier known for the Criterion Collection line, in an $8 million deal. Independent DVD producer and distributor Image ...

  29. Fox On Board With Blu-Ray

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT High definition DVD available in 2006. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will support the Blu-ray high definition DVD next year. The company revealed today (July 29) its plans to debut a mix of new release, library and TV titles on the form ...

  30. VSDA Reveals Anti-Piracy Plans

    July 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT At the Video Software Dealers Association's Home Entertainment conference's opening session yesterday (July 26), the organization's president Bo Andersen revealed a new anti-piracy advertisement that At the Video Software Dealers As ...

  31. Software Shipments Up 19%

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT More than 770 million DVDs shipped. The Digital Entertainment Group reported today (July 26) that software shipments for the first half of the year were up 19% over 2004. More than 770 million DVDs shipped to retail between January and June. On th ...

  32. EMI Oz, Seven Network Lock DVD Deal

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia has signed a deal to release DVDs of free-to-air television broadcaster Seven Network's local drama shows. The agreement, the first of its kind for EMI, could generate A$5 million EMI Music Australia has signed a deal to r ...

  33. EMI Oz, Seven Network Lock DVD Deal

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia has signed a deal to release DVDs of free-to-air television broadcaster Seven Network's local drama shows. The agreement, the first of its kind for EMI, could generate A$5 million EMI Music Australia has signed a deal to r ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Hart Sharp Gets Wild With E!

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Distribution deal includes 'Dr. 90210,' 'Wild On.' Hart Sharp Video has entered into a DVD distribution deal with E! Entertainment Television. The first titles under the deal are season one of "Dr. 90210," set for rel ...

  36. Bath And Body Works' 'Breathe' In Stores

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT DVD features custom images set to music. A new DVD is coming to Bath and Body Works stores. Through a deal with Comchoice, a digital content studio, and media company Colorcalm, the "Breathe" DVD will be sold in 1,557 store locations nat ...

  37. MPA: Police Make Largest DVD-R Burner Seizure In India

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Police officers in Mumbai, India, seized 42 DVD-R burners June 29 in what is being touted as the country's largest pirate burner seizure, the Motion Picture Assn. announced July 5. NEW YORK -- Police officers in Mumbai, India, seized 42 DVD-R ...

  38. Amazon Acquires CustomFlix

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Move will expand DVD offerings. Online retailer Amazon.com has acquired CustomFlix in a move that will expand its specialty DVD offerings. The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based CustomFlix compresses film or TV shows into digital files, creating a copy of t ...

  39. Police In India Raid Pirate Operation

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT DVD-R burners seized. 42 DVD-R burners seized. News ...

  40. Police In India Raid Pirate Operation

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Police officers in Mumbai, India, seized 42 DVD-R burners June 29 in what is being touted as the country’s largest pirate burner seizure, the Motion Picture Assn. announced today (July 5). Police officers in Mumbai, India, seized 42 DVD-R burners ...

  41. DualDisc: Delivering Value

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The creative possibilities are endless, and the potential for DualDisc has already been demonstrated. If you don't believe me, try listening to Miles Davis' timeless recording "Kind of Blue" in sparkl Fred Fox is executive VP o ...

  42. Police In India Raid Pirate Operation

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Police officers in Mumbai, India, seized 42 DVD-R burners June 29 in what is being touted as the country’s largest pirate burner seizure, the Motion Picture Assn. announced today (July 5). Police officers in Mumbai, India, seized 42 DVD-R burners ...

  43. MPAA Revises Claims On Raid

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A DVD replicating plant in City of Industry, California was not shut down after a raid June 15 by a movie piracy task force and remains in business, the company said the week of June 20. (AP) A DVD replicating plant in City of Industry, California ...

  44. UMG, EMI Music Pub Enter Agreement

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pact centers on digital products. Universal Music Group and EMI Music Publishing have reached a licensing agreement to facilitate a broad range of digital products, formats and distribution platforms in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement covers di ...

  45. Toshiba To Debut HD DVDs In Spring 2006

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HD DVD drives also expected. Recordable high definition DVDs will hit the market next spring thanks to new technology unveiled by Toshiba today (June 8). HD DVD recorders and PCs with built-in HD DVD drives supporting the Toshiba-led HD DVD format ...

  46. First DVDplus To Arrive June 28

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Format offers more video than DualDisc. The first DVDplus title, "Twisted Sister's Live at Wacken The Reunion" ($19.98), will be released June 28 from Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVDplus format, which features full-length DVD cont ...

  47. UrbanWorks' Clanagan Splits

    June 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Founder/pres to launch Clanagan Media Group. UrbanWorks Entertainment founder/president Jeff Clanagan has left the company after four years to form Clanagan Media Group. CMG, which will focus on the production, acquisition and distribution of urba ...

  48. Chappelle's Show Sets Records

    June 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Chappelle's Show: Season 2 Uncensored" has become the fastest-selling TV on DVD title, according to Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. "Chappelle's Show: Season 2 Uncensored" has beco ...

  49. Right To Copy Aim Of French Class Action

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A group of French lawyers on May 23 launched a legal challenge against some of the country's leading video and DVD publishers, accusing them of failing to respect an individual's right to make a priva PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A ...

  50. NYPD Seizes Nearly 87,000 Discs

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York Police Department on May 11 raided a basement in lower Manhattan, seizing nearly 49,000 DVDs and 38,000 CDs, and arresting one Ohio and two New York area residents, the Motion Picture Ass The New York Police Department on May 11 raide ...

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