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News in Brief - april 2014


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.

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