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The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 5 July, showed a brighter picture for the physical entertainment market as several key retailers grew in value on last year and the rate... Read more...

In a world first, media packaging supplier Novobox is launching a DVD/Blu-ray Disc box solution that works in tandem with an Augmented Reality application to access material related to the content... Read more...

Figures presented at last week's 'Consumers, Content and Change Across the Video Category' event, hosted in London by the British Video Association (BVA) and supported by Entertainment Retailers Association... Read more...

The UK government has launched a consultation seeking views on equalising the maximum custodial sentence for online and physical copyright infringement at ten years, now that online infringement is so... Read more...

Sony DADC has announced a partnership agreement with UK-based VDC Group. Under the agreement, Sony DADC and VDC Group customers in the UK will benefit from a range of enhanced offerings, covering end-... Read more...

Successes in marketing and communications were celebrated last month at the British Video Association's 2015 BVA Awards, at the Tobacco Dock, London. The past year has seen significant change within marketing... Read more...

Finding a place for physical media in the digital age is the theme that dominated the MEDIA-TECH conference in Hamburg in mid-May. It brought together some 100 participants from 18 countries to discuss... Read more...

Colonial Purchasing Cooperative's newsletter, Physical World, has been tracking the DVD and Blu-ray patents that expire this year. While identifying the patents concerned via a questionnaire, none... Read more...

While UK views watched content for an average of 5 hours a day across a host of devices and platforms - on catch-up and streaming services, in home and out of home, on the move and on mobile phones, on... Read more...

While blocking solely The Pirate Bay piracy website caused no increase in the adoption of legal distribution services for digital movies and television, simultaneously blocking 19 major such websites ... Read more...

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced completion of the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification and released the new logo that will identify Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The Ultra HD Blu-ray specification... Read more...

During the first year of Blu-ray Discs' commercial availability in 2006, there were 135 titles released, according to data from home entertainment tracking service 'The DVD & Blu-ray Disc Release Report... Read more...

A further 11 vigilant staff members from cinemas across the UK have been recognised for successfully intervening to prevent the illegal recording, or 'camming,' of films under the Film Distributors' Association... Read more...

Into receivership since February 2014, French replicator QOL, first to install Blu-ray disc manufacturing capabilities in Europe back in 2006, has been acquired by Media Industry, owner of kdg France... Read more...

Sony DADC has confirmed to Music Business Worldwide that it is to close its main plant in Mexico, as well as its head office in Costa Rica as a result of ongoing global cost-cutting measures from... Read more...

2014 marks the first time in the Belgian video entertainment market when revenues generated by digital services VOD, SVOD and Electronic Sell-Through (EST) surpassed those from physical media - DVD and... Read more...

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DVD Patent Agreements Update

As reported in the last issue of Colonial Purchasing Coop’s Physical World newsletter, the patent agreements for DVDs are facing new levels of maturation. The picture is a bit clearer, thanks to a negotiation at the end of last year completed by Colonial board member Frank Hartwig (pictured), on behalf of the Media-Tech Association, of which he serves as chairman.

“The main message of the new royalty agreement with the DVD6C (see chart in the linked newsletter) is that the patents for Europe are valid until May 13, 2017, and the US patents are valid until June 3, 2020,”reports Hartwig, who is also CEO of major German replicator CDA GmbH. “Compared to the first proposal by the DVD6C, there is a small improvement, but not significant,” Hartwig admits.

Unfortunately, he does not see any further negotiations being possible. As for the One Red licensing group, Hartwig says there’s no news to report. Individual licensee agreements should be reviewed, but it appears they’ll expire this summer (August 2016) and should be cancelled within the 45-day notice period as stated within the One-Red Licensing agreement. (Download Physical World newsletter).... Read More...

THIS YEAR’S Colonial Purchasing Cooperative’s annual meeting will be held on May 17-18 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Renaissance Hotel. By locating at the same venue with Music Business, the trade organization representing all sectors surrounding music’s creation and sales, Colonial members “will enjoy a unique chance to perhaps meet a record label seeking a better replication deal.” For details and registration, click here

CUSTOMERS planning on scoring a few pornographic titles from pirated DVD haven Glodok district in Jakarta, Indonesia, will be disappointed. The police recently busted a pirate porn DVD production factory in Pulogadung, East Jakarta. The factory was apparently able to produce 2,000 DVDs per day to be sold in Glodok. Some 11 [DVD] duplicating tools and 9,000 DVDs were confiscated. The suspects could face up to 12 years in prison for spreading pornography and a further 2 years for film piracy.

BENGALORE'S Central Crime Branch busted a pirated DVD racket and arrested seven persons. They seized nearly 16,000 pirated DVDs worth Rs. 60 lakh ($95,000). The racket is estimated to have caused a loss of around Rs. 700 crore ($110 million) to the film industry in the past two years, they claim. The suspected kingpin would send his associate to watch the first show of newly released films that would be recorded with a camcorder. The movie would then be transferred on DVDs. The gang had released DVDs of newly released Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Kannada movies, cartoon films and porn films.

THE ALABAMA Department of Revenue has asked for a 4 percent rental tax to be applied to streaming services. This would include Netflix and Hulu Plus accounts, as well as movie rentals through Amazon and Vudu. The online streaming of digital content has taken over the home entertainment industry, and the state of Alabama is asking for its share of the pie. The Department of Revenue said it is just a matter of keeping up with technology. They want to shift the 4 percent tax that was previously imposed on VHS and DVD rentals to online content. The tax will go into effect on October 1 unless it is blocked by a legislative oversight committee.

THE UK HIGH COURT has quashed regulations introduced by the government to allow members of the public to lawfully copy CDs and other copyright material bought for their own private use. The move follows a judge's recent ruling that the government was legally incorrect in deciding not to introduce a compensation scheme for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders who faced losses as a result of their copyright being infringed. The decision was won by the Musicians? Union, UK Music and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

LEADING blank media supplier Victor Advanced Media will be shutting
down operations by the end of the year, the company's parent Taiyo Yuden of Japan announced. In a statement company president, Hiroki Okamatsu, said: "As the larger storage capacity of hard disc drives (HDDs) and the use of cloud computing is driving changing market
conditions, the market for optical media products has been diminishing. Due to the decline in demand in recent years and market outlook it has become increasingly difficult to expect improvement in the future business environment."

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