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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...

Verbatim and Millenniata announce the first 100GB Blu-ray optical discs to enable individual consumers or small and medium sized enterprises to utilise large-scale optical storage with over 1,000 year... Read more...

Digital video has struggled to take hold in Japan, but is beginning to gain traction, achieving 31% growth in 2014 to reach ¥81 billion ($670 million), according to the latest round of research from... Read more...

In 2013 (year for which all data are in), the growth of pay-TV and other digital platforms within the European video landscape continued at a steady pace, says TONY GUNNARSSON, Analyst with IHS. Physical... Read more...

Barely two weeks after launching a digital platform, NtertainU, The Video Duplicating Company (VDC) threw the towel. The UK's largest independent CD/DVD replicator called on the administrators, FRP Advisory... Read more...

Overall video entertainment market spending in the Netherlands remained flat in 2014 and is on track to return to growth this year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. The category... Read more...

The total British video market remained buoyant in 2014. Total spending was just under £2.2bn, similar to in 2013. Digital continues to boost the video entertainment market with a 30% growth in ... Read more...

Despite the growing popularity of online streaming content, the Fitness DVD production industry has been in great shape during the past five years, according industry research firm IBISWorld... Read more...

UK sales of video games, music and DVD/Blu-ray discs rose 2.2% to £5.66bn in 2014, representing the second consecutive year of growth for the sector, according to figures just released by the Entertainment... Read more...

One in seven people on the planet and one in three people in the United States and Europe watch video content delivered by online and mobile platforms and players each month. These findings are from JW... Read more...

The shift from physical discs to digital video - via subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services - is now clear from both time spent with the media and revenue generated by them. How far will this progress... 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 ARNO WEGER, Managing Director, kdg mediascope in Austria.

Where do you see your company's comparative advantage in this highly competitive market?
Our comparative advantage is being an independent general contractor, offering our customers a complete and diverse range of services. These services include everything from authoring and the production of packaged media to physical and digital distribution. Without a doubt our biggest strengths are customer focus and adaptability, which enable us to react quickly to the demands and changes of the market.

Cloud-based UltraViolet digital locker makes inroads in Europe very slowly. What needs to happen for consumers to embrace this digital service? Could UltraViolet be superseded by large retailers' own digital locker system or by Netflix or Amazon Instant Video?
UltraViolet is not the tool to increase attractiveness of packaged media for the consumer. It is a redundant strategy: The European customer either wants one or the other. The decisive battle for the future home entertainment customer however has already shifted into the internet and its various services. And those providers that can offer their users persisting and interesting up-to-date content at the best terms and conditions will certainly prevail.... Read More...

NORTH KOREA is believed to have recently changed the frequency band for its state television to broadcast in high definition quality. The North halted the frequency band that only allowed broadcasting in standard definition quality last month,... and now is transmitting broadcasts through a band that also allows HD quality. Though the frequency band has changed, transmission is still carried out in standard definition. The country is said to have started digital broadcasting in 2012.

PANASONIC wants to be first to market with a 4K Blu-ray player and is aiming for a spring 2016 release - though it hasn't ruled out a launch before the end of this year should 4K discs make it to market. Panasonic's prototype player was first showed at CES 2015. Now that the preliminary specification for 4K Blu-ray discs has reportedly been agreed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), it would appear a bona fide 4K Blu-ray player is a step closer to reality.

DESPITE the ubiquity of online fitness offerings from Pilates videos on YouTube to indoor-cycling smartphone apps, fitness DVDs generated $297.2 million in sales last year and are likely to remain popular with older audiences, according to market research company IBIS World. Fitness DVD production grew at an annual rate of 7.7% in the five years to 2014. The company predicts growth will slow to 3.8% in the next five years, as streaming competition increases and fitness DVD giants like Gaiam boost their investment in Web-based formats.

SONY DADC Global President and CEO, Dieter Daum, will step down from his position at the end of February 2015. Daum joined Sony DADC in 1986 and has led the company since 2003. Current SVP of Operations, Dietmar Tanzer, has been appointed as President of Sony DADC International, effective March 1. In that role he will oversee all of Sony DADC's business operations in Europe, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India and Sony DADC BioSciences. Russell Taylor will continue to provide his executive leadership and has been appointed as Deputy President & CFO Sony DADC International, effective March 1.

IRDETO monitored illegal downloads of films in the US and over 200 countries worldwide from January 1 through February 14. The company revealed that the Academy Awards draws massive consumer interest outside the US, evidenced by a 385% increase in piracy worldwide for nominated films following the announcements on January 15. While Gone Girl was the early frontrunner after nominations, American Sniper took the lead and is currently the most pirated film in the world post-nomination, according to the data.

DVD AND BLU-RAY DISC rental company Redbox has announced it will be shutting down its Canadian operations and pulling 1,400 of its kiosks across the country, including over 80 throughout Metro Vancouver. The Chicago-based company first entered the Canadian market in 2012, bringing low-cost options to consumers. However, the quickly changing industry with the likes of Netflix and Video on Demand was too much for the rental company to handle. The last day for kiosk rentals will be Friday, February 13, while the last return date is March 5.

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