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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...

With the 4K industry gathering pace, a sustained flow of 4K content will be critical to the long term success of 4K, says Futuresource Consulting in its latest 4K report, which reviews progress in the... Read more...

From the number of '4K' TVs to be found in stores these days you could be forgiven for thinking the era of ultra high definition TV is already upon us. But, from the perspective of broadcasters it is ... 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 STEVE BROWN, CEO of Cinram.

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?
We are having a lot of success with our eCommerce Fulfillment services. Both new and existing clients are paying more attention to reaching the consumer directly and we're having many positive conversations around this concept.

Cloud-based UltraViolet digital locker makes inroads in Europe very slowly. What needs to happen for consumers to embrace this digital service?
Cloud-based systems will grow. UV is great, but poorly executed. The cloud-based approach will be retail-based and I have no doubt will continue to grow and prosper as digital offerings and its infrastructures improve.

Ultra high definition 4K TVs are coming to the market. Is this a response to consumers demanding a better quality picture or a push by CE manufacturers who need to introduce higher-margin products?
It's a hard tell. Most new technology in the history of Home Entertainment has been driven by the CE manufacturers; we know this as Cinram has been involved in all advancements since the 8-track. When technological advancements are driven by consumer demand, heavy consumer education is not required; Apple has proven this with the success of iTunes. We still have a way to go, as technology such as Blu-ray is still not fully understood.... Read More...

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.

IN THE FACE of Cambodia's ineffectual law enforcement, sales of illegal DVDs continue unimpeded, film industry professionals complained at a conference in Phnom Penh last week. While the government makes an effort to enforce intellectual property laws on books since 2003, the DVD industry is left to fend for itself. "The most important thing is to make people understand how to spend on the original DVD," said Simon Choo, a local distributor. "The money going to [the purchase of] the DVD is money that you are contributing to the industry, helping filmmakers to make another great film." Pirated movies cost between $1 and $1.50, and can be purchased as soon as films are shown in cinemas. Legal DVDs takes longer to enter the distribution circuits.

COLUMBIA University has joined the One-Blue product licensing program as a licensor. Columbia brings important patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc standard. "Columbia aims to ensure that the important scientific and technological advancements made by University researchers transition into the marketplace, where they can be a benefit to everyone," said Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures and Vice President for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer at Columbia University. One-Blue administers the licensing program for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc products.

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