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In 2013 (year for which all data are in), the growth of pay-TV and other digital platforms within the European video landscape continued at a steady pace, says TONY GUNNARSSON, Analyst with IHS. Physical... Read more...

Barely two weeks after launching a digital platform, NtertainU, The Video Duplicating Company (VDC) threw the towel. The UK's largest independent CD/DVD replicator called on the administrators, FRP Advisory... Read more...

Overall video entertainment market spending in the Netherlands remained flat in 2014 and is on track to return to growth this year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. The category... Read more...

The total British video market remained buoyant in 2014. Total spending was just under £2.2bn, similar to in 2013. Digital continues to boost the video entertainment market with a 30% growth in ... Read more...

Despite the growing popularity of online streaming content, the Fitness DVD production industry has been in great shape during the past five years, according industry research firm IBISWorld... Read more...

UK sales of video games, music and DVD/Blu-ray discs rose 2.2% to £5.66bn in 2014, representing the second consecutive year of growth for the sector, according to figures just released by the Entertainment... Read more...

One in seven people on the planet and one in three people in the United States and Europe watch video content delivered by online and mobile platforms and players each month. These findings are from JW... Read more...

The shift from physical discs to digital video - via subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services - is now clear from both time spent with the media and revenue generated by them. How far will this progress... Read more...

US consumers continued expanding their digital collections of movies and television shows in the third quarter of 2014 with electronic purchases soaring at double-digit rates compared to the year earlier... Read more...

Awareness and satisfaction of UltraViolet (UV) is on the rise among US consumers. According to The NPD Group's Digital Video Adoption Monitor (UltraViolet) Report, 44% of consumers have heard of UV or... Read more...

A South Korean activist is reported to be ready to launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony's The Interview toward North Korea. The comedy depicting an assassination attempt on the country's leader... Read more...

It shouldn't be news to anyone in the television and video industries that their customers or 'viewers' have been finding lots of new ways to watch their content over the past few years. If it is, they... Read more...

It has been another difficult year for many CE vendors as convergence takes its toll on dedicated product sectors and competition has squeezed profits in key areas like TV. However, worldwide CE sales... Read more...

The worldwide television market is forecast to grow to 234 million units in 2014, representing a 3% growth from 2013, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. However, 2014 is projected... Read more...

VDC Group, the UK's largest independent optical disc replicator, has just launched a new digital platform, NtertainU. Whether it's showcasing the latest cinema releases or an old classic from the archives... Read more...

The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) published clear advice on the new Private Copy Exception for consumers who own DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, which are normally protected from copying by Technical... Read more...

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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 SYLVIA HITZEL, VP Marketing & Sales, Singulus Technologies.

Where do you see your company's comparative advantage in this highly competitive market?
With its Optical Disc segment Singulus Technologies is the market leader for CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc production equipment and ready to provide the machine technology for 3-layer Blu-ray Discs with a storage capacity of about 100Gb.

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?
Singulus Technologies has developed over the years a high level of expertise and skills in combination with processes and scientific know-how and smart solutions in equipment engineering for vacuum technology, thin-film deposition, thermal treatment as well as wet chemical processes. Now Singulus machines are employed by global operators for their products in segments like Solar, Semiconductor and other coating applications. New application areas will increase in importance in the next two years. The company's spare parts and service business for the installed base of thousands of machines we sold is a strategic roadpath of our business.... Read More...

FRENCH SUPERMARKET chain Carrefour has launched its own online VoD service branded Nolim Films. The service, which offers 3,000 cinema and TV episodes at launch, aims to offer the richest library on the French market in the medium term. Nolim Films isn?t aiming to compete with existing SVoD platforms such as CanalPlay or Netflix, but seeks to attract viewers who want to download or stream a single title whenever they want and on any connected device.
Incentives include movie titles just four months after their French cinema release. As a partner of UltraViolet, Carrefour will allow customers buying a DVD or a Blu-ray Disc in its supermarkets to also get the digital copy free of charge. It is the first supermarket group to back UltraViolet in France.

FROZEN, with 7.48 million units, has surpassed Avatar (7.36 million) to become the top-selling Blu-ray disc of all time in the USA, according to The Numbers. Only 17 movies have sold more than 3 million units on Blu-ray. Next to DVD numbers, these are quite small. At the last reliable count, Avatar had not yet cracked the top 20 DVDs of all time in spite of its box office and Blu-ray dominance. In 2014 alone, Frozen sold more than 11 million DVDs - impressive since #2 was The Hunger Games with 3.4 million units sold. As of last year, the top-selling DVD of all time was estimated to be Finding Nemo with over 40 million units sold.

THE RECENT HYPE surrounding Sony's The Interview has reached North Korea. The country's citizens are becoming more and more aware of this comedy, which depicts a couple of bumbling media journalists attempting to assassinate their leader Kim Jong-un. According to Free North Korea Radio, demand for the movie continues to rise in the country, with citizens paying as high as $50 for a copy on the black market. This is reportedly ten times higher than the average asking price of the most popular South Korean TV shows that are sold illegally. An emergency meeting was held between North Korea's State Security Department and The Ministry of People's Security, whose officers were instructed not to let the movie find its way into the country at any cost.

ACCORDING TO NIELSEN there are still 139 million people that use a DVD or Blu-ray player in the US, and household penetration of the devices is still at a relatively high 81%. What?s more, device owners still spend 5 hours and 16 minutes a month using it. The number of disc player users fell 1.7% from Q3 2013 to Q3 2014. Time spent with the device fell even faster, down 2.4% to 5 hours and 16 minutes. The number of homes with a player is down from 83% in Q3 2013.

THE FRENCH VOD and SVoD market is expected to be worth €250 million to €280 million in 2014, according to industry estimates, writes ZDNet France. This will not be enough to offset an expected 14% decline in the physical video market (DVD, Blu-ray) to €797 million, a headline figure released by national film centre CNC and market researcher GfK. According to preliminary data, 2014 will be the first time the combined physical and digital video market falls to under €1.1 billion, comparing with €1.2 billion in 2013. France's physical video market has halved from €2 billion in 2004.

THE CEO OF IRELAND'S XTRA-VISION and HMV, Gerry Butler, revealed the company is looking to roll out 80 DVD vending machines nationwide bearing the Xtra-vision brand name over the next four weeks in an investment that is worth a "six figure sum." This is on top of 20 vending machines already deployed. Butler says that there is scope to double that number in Ireland as well as move into the UK. Extra-vision will also start selling books in stores.

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