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Swiss packaged media manufacturer Adon Production and Sony DADC, the leading disc and digital service provider, offering digital and physical supply chain solutions, software services, and optical media... Read more...

Leading creative packaging company Pozzoli, based in Milan, Italy, and Chicago-based JohnsByrne Company have formed a strategic alliance designed to provide global production and service coverage. The... Read more...

The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 6 July 2014, shows that traditional high street names such as GAME and HMV are beginning to steal back share from the supermarkets... Read more...

From our correspondent BOB AUGER.Day three at IBC 2014 and weekend visitors throng the aisles as they try to understand where the media hardware and software business is going over the next 12 ... Read more...

From our correspondent BOB AUGER. According to the organisers, almost 53,000 people attended IBC in Amsterdam in September 2013. This year promises to be at least as busy - no wonder it is so hard... Read more...

From our correspondent BOB AUGER. The crowds arrived on cue at the opening of IBC 2014 on Friday, to find an unfamiliar landscape. The construction of yet another exhibition hall alongside Hall... Read more...

From our correspondent BOB AUGER. We have all come a long way since the early days of the International Broadcasting Convention, yet still the crowds flock to the RAI Centre Amsterdam, ready to... Read more...

In the context of the climate change debate, the ecological footprint generated by industrial activities has become, of late, a subject of scholarly examination and regulatory attention in several countries... Read more...

Netflix has begun streaming content in 4K. Amazon's getting ready to start doing the same. Samsung is partnering with practically everyone to stream Ultra High-Def (UHD) via its products, writes Chris... Read more...

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...

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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 ED HALL, Operations Manager of UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4.

Where do you see your company's comparative advantage in this highly competitive market?
As a broadcaster, we have access to more marketing channels than other independent labels, we also have several first-look deals with production companies and established relationships with comedy agents, and we have an iconic brand in Channel 4 and Film 4 which ensures we compete with higher-budget labels with regards to movie releases and strong TV and comedy titles.

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?
There has to be a universal file format for digital - until this happens (and it's unlikely - DVD could be the last truly universal entertainment format accepted by labels and consumers) then the proliferation of digital lockers could result in this happening, even with British Video Association backing for UV.... Read More...

INDUSTRY figures put the number of German, Swiss and Austrian users who have opened an UltraViolet account to 160,000. The cloud-based digital locker system for streaming/downloading movies started in these territories in November 2013. To date, some 300 titles appear to be available with UV capability. Since its launch in 2011, there are now about 19 million UV-registered users, overwhelmingly in the US.

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.

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