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German authorities have discovered what they claim is possibly Europe's largest underground pressing plant for CDs, DVDs and vinyl records. The state prosecutor at Würzburg's Economic Crime department... Read more...

Figures published by the British Video Association show that in the first half of 2014 consumer expenditure on video entertainment, excluding physical rental, grew from £903 million to an estimated... Read more...

Packaging specialist Novobox has released its futurepak line for the home entertainment industry. Already more than 20 Hollywood blockbuster movies are distributed in various territories using the company... Read more...

This year, digital video in Sweden is on track to account for more than half of home video spend, making it the first market to reach the digital tipping point, according to the latest research from Futuresource... Read more...

The Industry Trust for IP Awareness and the British Video Association have laid out plans to restructure, integrating key functions "to focus greater resource on shared challenges." Following an extensive... Read more...

If you thought North Korea was impervious to western entertainment technology, think again. The seclusive Communist state released a promotional video highlighting visitor experiences at the recently-... Read more...

It is an article of faith in the environmental community that the sooner we get rid of packaged media - whose manufacture produces quantities of CO2 - and switch to eco-friendly video streaming the better... Read more...

In a consolidation move, Toronto-headquartered global packaged media supply chain provider Cinram is relocating its replication activities to the US, thus ending 40 years of disc manufacturing presence... Read more...

The 21st edition of the British Video Association's Yearbook, just published, reveals that more than 22 million people bought a video on DVD or Blu-ray Disc in 2013, compared with just 3.3 million... Read more...

Sony DADC won a contract to provide supply chain services to Universal Music UK from its state-of-the-art Enfield Distribution Centre The multi-year agreement, which will become operational in 2015, will... Read more...

The DVD Copy Control Association has reached a settlement agreement with home server developer Kaleidescape that will result in the end of long-standing litigation over Kaleidescape?s use of the Content... Read more...

As the entertainment and media (E&M) industry continues its digital shift, advertising growth is outpacing consumer spending, according to Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2014-2018, PwC'... Read more...

Satisfaction with UltraViolet has grown since The NPD Group's Wave 1 report in August 2013 - when 32% of UV users said they were "very satisfied." The figure rose to 46% in the February 2014 Wave 2 report... Read more...

Launched in 2008, online music service Spotify announced that it has reached 10 million paying subscribers. Most of Spotify's 40 million users in 56 countries choose to listen to the advertising-supported... Read more...

Overall TV and video entertainment spend in France is expected to reach €7.9bn by 2018, averaging 1% annual growth between 2014 and 2018, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting... Read more...

Cinram, a Najafi Companies affiliate, has acquired JVC America (JAI), the games software division of JVC Americas Corp., a subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. Terms were not disclosed. The deal is ... Read more...

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HEVC - Ready or not?

Advanced Television's Chris Forrester set down with experts from ARM, Entropic and Rovi to examine progress on the newly-minted Hi Watch Now

An industry executive speaks

In a series of Q&As, frontline practitioners in all facets of the packaged media and digital delivery industry share their views of things past, present and yet to come. It's the turn of LEON KOHLEN, CEO of Dutch authoring and post-production company i-Frame.

Amongst the range of services you offers, which one did grow in importance over the past 2 years, which one diminished, and which new service(s) will you be offering in the coming 2 years?
Our subtitling department grew and DVD diminished by 10%. We are focusing more on UltraViolet and VOD.

There is a lot of alarmist talks about the rapid demise of packaged media in the face of online delivery. What is your view as to how long discs will be around?
I still think there is a future for packaged media. Especially for Blu-ray since I'm still waiting for comparable picture and audio quality in the Dutch streaming services.... Read More...

RECENT research by Ipsos suggests that almost 30% of the UK population is active in some form of piracy, either through streaming content online or buying counterfeit DVDs. Such theft costs the UK audiovisual industries about £500m a year.

SINGAPORE'S Parliament has approved a Bill introducing a civil law procedure for website blocking. Legislators approved the third reading of the Copyright Amendment Bill on 8 July and the website blocking measures will now come into force when the President signs the Bill into law. Under the new legislation, rights owners can obtain injunctions from the Singapore High Court that would require ISPs to block users' access to websites that flagrantly infringe copyright law.

IF PHYSICAL media is dying then someone forget to tell Shout! Factory. Born ten years ago out of the original Rhino Records crew, Shout! Factory is the pop culture geek squad of home video and has carved out niches - from horror and science fiction to cult movies to classic TV. Last year, the company released over 300 titles on Blu-ray and DVD, including remastered John Carpenter special editions and a boxset of Bruce Lee films on Blu-ray and DVD. Coming up in 2014 is a deluxe set of 16 Werner Herzog films on Blu-ray (slated for the end of July) and a complete Halloween boxset.

THE MAJORITY of UK cinemas have banned Google Glass, over fears that wearers could use the headset to illegally record films. The Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA), which represents around 90% of the UK?s cinemas, has said that it will ask customers not to wear the device at all in auditoriums. Google Glass went on sale in the UK earlier this month for £1,000 (€1250), following its commercial launch in the US in May.

A SIGNIFICANT step in the road to Ultra High Definition TV services was taken with the approval of the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification at the 77th meeting of the DVB Steering Board in Geneva. The specification includes an HEVC Profile for DVB broadcasting services that draws, from the options available with HEVC, those that will match the requirements for delivery of UHDTV Phase 1 and other formats. The specification updates ETSI TS 101 154 (Specification for the use of Video and Audio Coding in Broadcasting Applications based on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream).

THE HOME entertainment business is rapidly becoming a digital one, but Redbox is still capitalizing on those stragglers who prefer their movies in disc form. The movie rental company now accounts for half of the DVD rental market in the US thanks to its 44,000 kiosks across 36,000 locations, said Galen C. Smith, cCFO of Redbox?s parent company Outerwall, speaking Thursday at the Gabelli & Company Movie and Entertainment Conference in New York. In its fourth quarter, Redbox had a 38% stake in all movie rentals, including VOD.

CINRAM GROUP Inc, a Najafi Companies-owned affiliate, has completed the acquisition of JVC America Inc. The award-winning JAI manufacturing and fulfillment operations based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Kennesaw, Georgia, provides services to major gaming and software publishers,
and a range of non-media and retail clients. It will now operate as Cinram Operations, Inc. The newly formed affiliate will be integrated into Cinram's current mix of business and will strengthen its offerings to new and existing clients.

THE majority of electronic sell-through business in the US in 2013 was for catalogue titles, according to new research from The NPD Group. About 57% of digital sales were for catalogue titles - a percentage comparable to packaged-media sell-through. That percentage is down from 2012, when 63% of digital sales were catalogue. In addition, 70% of the top digital sell-through titles were associated with franchises, including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Trek and Despicable Me.

AUSTRALIA is second only to the US in adoption per capita of the cloud-based digital locker system UltraViolet for legal streaming and downloading of movies, according to the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), which runs UltraViolet. More than 160,000 people in Australian and New Zealand have opened UltraViolet accounts, DECE said.

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