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A man was sentenced today to 33 months imprisonment for recording a blockbuster film in a cinema, uploading it to the internet, and producing and selling copies to the public... Read more...

OEM, Charlotte, North Carolina-based optical disc manufacturer and supply-chain provider, has acquired Germany's CDA GmbH, a manufacturer of optical storage media as well as a leader in the field of polymer... Read more...

Alpha Duplication Ltd, the UK's largest printer and duplicator of CD, DVD and Blu-ray, have announced that they have reached the standards necessary to be accredited by the Federation Against Copyright... Read more...

While Electronic Sell-Through (EST) continues to experience double-digit growth, it still only comprises one-tenth of all transactional home entertainment revenue. It comes in behind Blu-ray discs, kiosk... Read more...

The overall US video entertainment market (subscription Pay-TV, box office, packaged home video, Pay-TV VoD and paid-for online video) continues to grow in low single digits, reaching $120 billion in ... Read more...

Recent statistics from SoundScan in the US show that vinyl sales have grown by around 40% in the first half of this year compared to the first half of 2013. This echoes UK statistics from the British ... Read more...

Ultra-high-definition televisions (UHD TVs) continued to make slow and steady inroads throughout the world, but their share of the overall flat-panel TV market remained minimal by the end of May, suggesting... Read more...

According to research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), short-term demand for 4K/Ultra-HD televisions is hindered by two simple, but structurally important fundamentals: a widespread lack of awareness among... Read more...

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...

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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 MICHAEL HOSP, CEO of kdg Mediatech, a replication, authoring and fulfilment company based in Austria.

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?
Nothing too surprising: BD authoring has grown just as much as the overall number of units in BD manufacturing; production figures have tended to be slightly down reflecting the international market figures; and amazingly enough, CD output has remained fairly stable. In overall terms, average order volumes are decreasing right across the board, for all types of media. Against this background, we continue to see tremendous market potential in the logistical services which we've had in our portfolio for over seven years. In this field we operate as a logistics supplier both for e-commerce as well as outside the media sector.

Cloud-based UltraViolet digital delivery has yet to make inroads in Europe. What needs to happen for consumers to embrace this digital service? Could UltraViolet be superseded by large retailers' own digital locker system like Tesco's Blinkbox in the UK?
First of all, and let's be quite clear about this, end consumers aren't (yet) familiar with UltraViolet. So, above all it's the software and hardware providers who now need to get the concept across to the consumer. But to do this, all the important players first have to pull together (and once again, they're simply not doing this). Yet, if they don't, this system is unlikely to make any real inroads at all.... Read More...

NEW research from BroadStream Solutions reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 82% of Americans say they prefer to watch live television on a TV set, compared to only 14% who use a laptop, 10% a desktop, 8% a mobile phone and 7% a tablet. The survey also revealed that the majority of viewers (64%) still like to watch their favorite shows in groups i.e. families and friends sitting down together to watch. Comparable data from the UK, compiled by YouGov, reveals that 89% of Brits still regularly use the TV to watch their content live ? with 85% also stating that the TV is their preferred screen.

THE 35 MILLION US paid members who are using Netflix's streaming service contributed a profit of $227m in Q2 of this year to the company coffer. This compared to $92.8m contributed by a mere 6.3 million customers still using Netflix's DVD-by-mail service. Through a small and decreasing number, DVD members are important to Netflix's bottom line. In its latest quarterly report, the company says that while it lost 475,000 DVD memberships in Q2 2013, the number for this year's Q2 was 'only' 391,000 and it still expects a DVD contribution to profit of $90m for Q3. "DVD and Blu-ray offer amazing and comprehensive selection that keeps a core membership uniquely satisfied," says Netflix.

IN AUSTRALIA, a judge has jailed a DVD pirate for eight months saying the Melbourne man was motivated by "greed, not need" when he sold thousands of black-market films and computer games. Phong Ly, 34, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching Commonwealth copyright laws after police seized more than 61,000 counterfeit DVDs from his shops and home. His lawyers had told the Victorian County Court the crimes were committed out of financial need and in ignorance of Australia's copyright and trademark laws. Judge Richard Maidment disagreed.

FLORIDA-based venture capital firm Entevia, has launched new disc-by-mail service, Vidiux.com. It offers more than 7,000 DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for rent ($2.99 a week for DVDs, and $3.49 a week for Blu-ray) with no membership fees. Users pick the titles they want, have them shipped to their homes within 2-3 days, and return them with the enclosed return envelope by the end of the 7-day period. There is no 28-day delay to abide by for new releases, titles can be reserved, and titles that are out of stock are shipped once they become available. Each film has its own Web page with cover art, a detailed synopsis and a YouTube trailer, if available.

A MAN who, together with his son, ran one of the largest pirate DVD businesses in the UK, has failed to convince top judges to cut his crushing confiscation bill. James Sinclair was ordered to pay back £41,000 of his ill-gotten gains after thousands of copied films, CDs and computer games were found at his home. Representatives from the British Recorded Music Industry said the enterprise was one of the largest they had ever seen in the UK.

A 42-YEAR-OLD Missouri man has been sentenced to 13 months in US federal prison for selling thousands of counterfeit DVDs he bought from a distributor in China. He also was ordered to forfeit computers, cameras, cell phones, 15 gold coins, 240 silver coins, four baseball cards, the counterfeit DVDs and $5,300. The federal probe began after a shipment of counterfeit DVDs from Hong Kong addressed to a UPS store in Missouri was seized at JFK Airport in New York.

KALEIDESCAPE, renowned for its line of movie servers installed in home theaters around the world and who recently launched its Cinema One Movie player, has joined the One-Blue Blu-ray Disc product licensing programme as a licensee. Kaleidescape signed the Registration Agreement for BD Player/Recorder that grants the company access to important patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc standard from leading licensors.

TOTAL US TV and video revenue over the next five years will be much like the previous five years in terms of inflation-adjusted dollars, running primarily flat, according to a new report from The Diffusion Group. Overall TV and video spending has seen minor growth since 2004, rising from $195 billion to $213 billion in 2013. This constitutes an increase of only 9% during a 10-year period, equivalent to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of only +1%. Total TV and video spending rose only 3% from 2010 to 2013.

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.

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