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Most (86%) global respondents who watch TV indicate they usually watch TV programming "live", although other popular modes of watching are catching on like streaming or downloading from a computer (27... Read more...

A record-breaking 84% of all online content acquired in Spain is pirated. The number of Spaniards illegally accessing digital content now exceeds 51%. Last year, the value of online pirated content topped... Read more...

After spending almost two decades trying to make TVs flatter, curved TVs emerged again last year. Curved TV display shipments are now forecast to reach nearly 800,000 units in 2014, and are expected to... Read more...

Overall video entertainment spend in the UK is expected to reach £10 billion by 2018, averaging 2% annual growth between 2014 and 2018. Pay-TV and subscription VoD services will be the key drivers... Read more...

Consumers copying and sharing digital files have been blamed for a potentially catastrophic decline in certain markets. But why do consumers copy? And is it as economically harmful as often thought? CREATe... Read more...

UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB is adding a 'Buy and Keep' download-to-own service to its existing pay-per-view film rental operation Sky Store and, in doing so, challenge Apple's iTunes Store and other... Read more...

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) based in the City of London Police has called upon advertisers and brand holders to continue to support its work to tackle Intellectual Property crime... Read more...

Samsung Electronics announced a strategic partnership with Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox to establish "a secure and sustainable" next-generation Ultra High Definition (UHD) content ecosystem. The ... Read more...

"US Census Bureau voter statistics and recent Nielsen-measured data confirms the majority of American overwhelmingly choose television as their primary source for video viewing," says Steve Lanzano, President... Read more...

Sony and Panasonic announced they have formulated specifications for their 'Archival Disc,' which they position as a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, "with the objective... Read more...

With Blockbuster having pulled the plug on its DVD-by-mail business earlier this year and video streaming movie service Netflix registering a 16% loss of its DVD subscribers over the past year - from ... Read more...

ZOOsubs, the innovative cloud subtitling service delivered by ZOO Digital has, since its launch nine months ago, won favor with three major Hollywood film studios. In this short time, the number of client... Read more...

Booming subscription sales by services like Netflix, Lovefilm, Spotify and Deezer mean so-called "access services" rather than sales of products like discs and downloads accounted for a quarter of the... Read more...

While the vast majority (79%) of online US adults obtain the video content they watch from traditional television programming providers such as cable, satellite or fiber-to-the-home, a significant number... Read more...

The Walt Disney Studios unveiled its cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. Buyers of its movies will be able to view them digitally on multiple Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch... Read more...

4K TV display panels have become increasingly available and affordable to TV manufacturers, and Taiwanese panel makers Innolux and AUO are forecast to lead 4K panel shipments worldwide this year. According... Read more...

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BBC's Lesley Johnson sets sail in aid of Children in Need

Lesley Johnson, Operations Director at BBC Consumer Products, will take part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race in aid of Children in Need.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race was set up 16 years ago by Sir Robin Knox Johnston to encourage ordinary people to take up the challenge of ocean yacht racing.

Johnson will take a short break from overseeing BBC Worldwide's production, manufacturing, supply chain and global delivery of physical and digital videos to join Team GB in Leg 7 of the round-the-globe race, leaving San Francisco on 10 April and finishing in New York on 9 June.

"I have always wanted to learn to sail properly and signed up 18 months ago. I have now done my sail training (levels 1,2 and 3) and will be joining the Great Britain entry in just a few days time," mother-of-two Johnson told DVD and Beyond.

"I will sail from San Francisco to New York via Panama, that's 5,500 nautical miles and I am aiming to raise £1 for every nm for Children in Need. The sailing is tough, 24 hours in all weathers and subject to the vagaries of ocean storms, it's scary and exhilarating, but the fact that I am doing some good for disadvantaged children will keep me going in the darkest hours."... Read More...

IN a letter to shareholders talking about various elements of its business, Netflix says that its DVD-by-mail business "continues to delight 6.7 million members. As expected, contribution profit for the segment was $98 million in the quarter and we anticipate $92 million for Q2. The breadth of content choices available on DVD and Blu-ray is unrivalled."

FROM a 2004 high of $22 billion in 2004, the physical disc market will dip below $10 billion in 2015, according to IHS. Blu-ray sales accounted for 50% of home entertainment revenue for titles with a box office performance of $100 million or more. Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness saw the largest Blu-ray-DVD split, 75%-25%, with Blu-ray sales of the title bringing in an estimated $54 million. Universal's Despicable Me 2 had the largest Blu-ray revenue take ($76 million). Some 90% of films that took in $25 million or more at the box office in 2013 were released as a combo pack.

SILICON Philosophies announces the availability of CINEMA CRAFT encoder version 2.1 (Build 35), providing significant improvements on their AVC/H.264 and MVC Stereoscopic encoding solutions: CINEMA CRAFT 3De - 3D Stereoscopic MVC encoder, CINEMA CRAFT HDe - AVC/H.264 encoder, and CINEMA CRAFT HDe LE - AVC/H.264 encoder (Lite Edition). Contact: www.siliconphilosophies.com.

MITCH SINGER, head of Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) that developed and managed the UltraViolet cloud-based digital locker system, said to the Australian Financial Review that the age of licensing films and television shows country by country could soon be over as consumers seek out content online regardless of geographic restrictions. "Ultimately, exclusivity on a global basis may just simply go away." Bypassing geoblocking, consumers are increasingly using software such as virtual private networks to skirt locally-based access restrictions. Singer said the trend toward consumers bypassing geoblocks on websites to access content outside of their intended country could push studios towards global content deals.

WHILE many of the world's leading TV companies start thinking about transmitting 4K/Ultra-HD-1 as the industry's 'next step,' it seems the Japanese remain committed to their Super Hi-Vision/8K broadcasts. Japanese public broadcaster NHK stated on March 17 that it will carry out test transmissions in 8K to start in 2016, "and full broadcasting service in 2020, the year of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics." To showcase its 8K technology NHK says it will install a 350in cinema-style screen at the upcoming NAB in Las Vegas (7-10 April), complete with 22.2 channel sound.

CHANGES in British households' use of digital technology lie behind several of this year's changes to the basket of 699 goods and services used by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to measure inflation in the UK. DVD rental/video-on-demand subscription services like Netflix are in, while DVD recorders are out. The cost of these items goes towards calculating the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) each month.

A SCHOOLBOY was awarded £15,197 in compensation after he sustained a 'tiny cut to the eyebrow' when a teacher threw a DVD case to him. The plastic case accidentally hit the secondary school pupil in the head, with the boy's family successfully claiming the five-figure pay-out from Essex County Council, UK. The council said the member of staff was attempting to pass the DVD cover to the pupil but "unintentionally threw it with more force than expected and it accidentally hit him."

DIGITALSMITHS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TiVo, has published the results of its Q4 2014 Video Trends Report, which found that almost one-third (30.9%) of consumers surveyed are overwhelmed by the number of channels offered to them and 88.2% consistently watch the same channels. Despite the ever growing choice of pay-TV content, 46% of respondents spend 10 minutes or more channel surfing per day, but a resounding 80.3% of consumers still watch only 10 or fewer channels.

ACCORDING to a recent study that was published in the Los Angeles Times, almost 18% of Americans thought Blu-ray was a marine animal.

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