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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...

THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT MARKET REPORT, published by Allied Market Research, forecasts that the global market is expected to reach $294.969 billion (€282.7m) by 2022. The market includes several consumer electronic products such as television sets, video players & recorders, audio equipment, and gaming devices. Video devices is estimated to be the most dominant product type in the market from 2015 to 2022. Based on region, Asia-Pacific led the market, accounting for around 29.8% share of the global market in 2015.

WHILE NETFLIX is mostly known for its massively successful streaming service, the company still has 4.2 million US customers renting DVDs each month instead, reports The Daily Dot. Redbox is even bigger, with 1,950 discs rented per minute and around 1,080,000,000 discs and movies rented per year. For some film buffs, physical DVDs offer a richer selection – from cult classics to first-run releases – rather than relying on the limited streaming selection. Another reason is poor access to high-speed internet. Ten percent of Americans (34 million people) lack access to 25Mbps/3Mbps internet. Over a third of rural Americans (39%) lack this access, and of those users, 20% lack access to even 4Mbps/1Mbps internet speeds. For them, streaming isn’t an option, but getting a movie from Redbox or via physical Netflix DVD is.

TOWARDS the end of the year, movie screeners are sent out to industry insiders who have to cast their votes for the Oscars and other awards. Usually, quite a few of these films start to leak on various pirate sites around Christmas, but this year it took until early January before the first pirated screener showed up, a copy of the Denzel Washington movie Fences. This week five DVD screeners appeared online. Hidden Figures and Patriots Day were the first two to become available, followed by La La Land, Moonlight and Arrival this weekend. The copies were released and distributed by various P2P pirate groups, not just a single source.

THE SIZE of the global animation industry was about U$244 billion in 2015, according Research and Markets’ the latest report Global Animation Industry 2017: Strategies Trends & Opportunities. The major animation markets include the United States, Canada, Japan, China, France, Britain, Korea and Germany. Most of the segments in the animation industry are growing at the rate of 5% YoY. As co-production has increased, animation studios in China and India have become popular co-production partners of studios in Europe, Japan, and North America.

CYBERLINK has announced that its PowerDVD media player software has received certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for the playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs. This now makes PowerDVD the first and currently only software player to pass the BD-ROM 4.0 PC Application Software License process. With the updated software, PowerDVD will soon be able to play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs through supported PCs and displays. CyberLink's latest PowerDVD 16 software is currently on sale for $49.95.

TOSHIBA CORP. asked a New York court to confirm a final arbitration award of $24.5 million for allegedly unpaid royalties by Shenzhen MTC Co. Ltd. under the parties’ DVD patent license agreement, plus another $28.7 million in interest and $2.3 million in fees and costs. Attorneys for the Japanese electronics company filed a petition to confirm the award issued in September 2015 by the American Arbitration Association relating to Shenzhen MTC’s alleged breach of a licensing agreement for underreporting the quantity of DVD players sold between 2006 and 2012, failing to timely report the quantity of players sold in 2013 and 2014, and failing to pay royalties for those sales.

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