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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...

Scenarist, the developer of Hollywood-standard professional Blu-ray Disc authoring, has launched the UHDG, a global focus group of high-end authoring facilities, technology companies and service providers... Read more...

One of the advantages of transactional TV-based Video on Demand is that video content is delivered via a closed digital platform, capturing almost 100% legitimate consumption and spending, points out ... Read more...

The Technicolor Group recorded 1Q 2015 revenues of €805 million at current currency, up 8.3% from the same period last year (€744 million). At constant currency, Q1 2015 revenues were down 3... Read more...

The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) released 2014 data that show sales of physical DVDs to continue to far outstrip digital sales. The total home entertainment market (digital... Read more...

Whilst the video streaming market in the UK held a value of just £28 million in 2009, growth has been dramatic and new research from Mintel estimates the market reached £437 million in 2014... Read more...

Packaged media pioneer BOB AUGER established the authoring facility that became Panasonic's base for the launch of DVD in Europe. He has lived through all the skirmishes, battles, successes and achievements... Read more...

Japan's Blu-ray Disc market in 2014 was in its fifth consecutive year of growth, worth a total of ¥123.67 billion (around $1.04 billion) - a 13.6% increase from 2013, with 17.068 million units sold... Read more...

After 20 years as Director General of the British Video Association, LAVINIA CAREY passes on the baton to her successor. In exclusivity for DVD and Beyond, she reflects on the changing market and the ... 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 JEAN NOEL FOURNILLIER, CEO of specialist packaging solutions Novobox.

Where do you see your company's comparative advantage in this highly competitive market?
We manufacture metal cases named Futurepak. We use stronger tinplate material than our main competitor and we can also do 3D multilevel sculptured embossing which they do not offer. We also offer many options like free insert of client logo inside our plastic trays and the option to have colored trays.

Amongst the range of services you offer, 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?
DVD and Blu-ray numbers are going down even with big key titles so we are now focusing a lot of video game packaging. We also developed a new range of ?goodies? that video game companies can put in their collector boxset.

Are you considering a strategic move, or have you already implemented one, into a completely different product or service market?
Yes, we did start ?already. We are now active in the food sector and supply chocolate and biscuit companies with tin boxes, wooden boxes, and cardboard boxes.... Read More...

TOTAL WORLDWIDE entertainment and media revenues will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% over the coming five years, from $1,740 billion in 2014 to $2,230 billion in 2019, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global entertainment and media outlook 2015 - 2019. While global revenue from digital media will continue to exhibit stronger growth, non-digital media will still contribute well over 80% of global consumer revenues in 2019. Spending on live music ticket sales and cinema box office will rise at a combined global CAGR of 4.7% to 2019, outpacing overall consumer spending at 2.9%. In China, box office revenues will rise at a CAGR of 15.5%.

THE PURE AUDIO Group, set up in July 2013 to promote Blu-ray uncompressed high resolution audio, was again represented at MIDEM with their partners arvato Entertainment Europe and B&W Group Germany. The group members already released 110 Pure Audio Blu-ray titles from labels such as Universal Music, LSO Live (London Symphony Orchestra), Sono Luminus and others. Also, Pure Audio Recordings on the portal pureaudiorecordings.com

GLOBAL ADVERTISING revenue from online video doubled to $11.2 billion between 2011 and 2014, and will jump to $13.8 billion in 2015, according to findings IHS and Vidiro. IHS forecasts that by 2017, online video advertising revenues will reach $19 billion, with TV advertising budgets beginning to see cannibalization by digital in some markets. TV will make up only 28% of total advertising in Western Europe at that time.

ACCORDING to the latest Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database from IHS, LCD TV panel shipments from global panel makers reached 23.9 million in March 2015, growing 20% month-on-month and 11% year-on-year. In 2014, total shipment reached 253 million units, with a target of 261 million units this year. Despite the hype for Ultra High Definition, 4K LCD TV panel shipments, led by Samsung and LG, grew from 1.7 million in February to 2.6 million units in March - still a modest 11% of total LCD TV panel shipment that month.

A BILL SEEKING to impose stringent penalty on digital (online) copyright piracy is being proposed by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC). The Bill (Nigerian Copyright Act) would enable the commission collaborate with Internet Service Providers to identify the sites being used to carry out online copyright infringement, shut them down in order to bring the problem to the barest minimal. Also, the NCC has concluded arrangements to impose 2% Copyright Levy Order on photocopying machines, phones, DVDs and other digital product manufactured locally or coming into the country before the end of May, 2015.

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group estimates US consumers spent $1.6 billion on buying Blu-ray Discs and DVDs in the first quarter of 2015 - 13% down from the $1.8 billion they spent in the first three months of 2014. On the rental side, DEG statistics, quoted by Home Media Magazine show most people rent their Blu-ray Discs or DVDs through Redbox and other kiosk outlets. Spending at these vending machines rose 7.7% to an estimated $535.5 million in the first quarter of 2015, from $497.2 million in the first quarter of 2014. Consumer spending at video rental stores amounted to an estimated $168.9 million, an 8% drop from $183.6 million in the first three months of last year. Disc-by-mail subscription spending fell 15.3% to $190.3 million in the first quarter of 2015 from $224.6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

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