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“WINDOWS” CLOSING ON THEATRICAL/DVD RELEASES

February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC EVP and General Counsel Rick Cotton is predicting that the motion picture industry is heading toward a day when people will be paying for movies that they watch at home based on the age of the movies, with one price for a movie that has just been released and another price for a movie […]

BLU-RAY A BOON FOR HOME VIDEO

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It wasn’t all gloom and doom for the home video industry last year. According to a note to clients from Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne, sales of movies on Blu-ray Discs increased 11 percent, with Blu-ray representing 27 percent of the top titles of the year. The Morgan Stanley note observed that Blu-ray sales for […]

CARS 2 RACES FAR AHEAD OF COMPETITION

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Demonstrating yet again that when it comes to home video sales, it’s difficult to beat movies targeting kids, Disney’s Cars 2 sold nearly as many units as every other movie on the retail shelves put together last week. Surprisingly, 17 percent of the Cars discs sold were in the Blu-ray 3D format, although only a […]

BLU-RAY TO SURPASS DVD NEXT YEAR

June 10, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By next year, Blu-ray will surpass DVD as the preferred home video format in America, and by 2014 it will account for 41 percent of total home entertainment spending, according to a study by the research firm Futuresource Consulting. By that year, DVD spending will be down to 26 percent of combined entertainment spending, with […]

GNOMEO & JULIET TOPS SALES, RENTAL CHARTS

June 2, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Gnomeo & Juliet was the top-selling DVD release last week — and also the top rental. A rare Disney animated feature that was produced neither by Disney’s own animation unit nor by its Pixar subsidiary, but by Toronto-based Starz Animation, the film was originally released under Disney’s now-little-used Touchstone Pictures banner, which last released a […]

SALES OF VIDEOS DROP 19 PERCENT

May 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs continued their nosedive in the first quarter as many collectors continued to opt instead for cheap rentals or online streaming. The industry trade group Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) reported that sales fell a whopping 19 percent during the quarter from the same period a year ago. The decline was […]

IRON MAN 2 IS GOLD ON DVD

October 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Demonstrating that it’s still possible to release smash hits in the home-video market, Paramount Home Entertainment’s Iron Man 2 sold about 1.1 million standard DVDs and Blu-ray discs on its first day of release last week, then went on to sell nearly 4 million more by the end of the week, Home Media magazine reported […]

PRINCE OF PERSIA MAKES SOLID HOME VIDEO DEBUT

September 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which was a disappointment at the domestic box office, where it grossed $90 million — it cost $200 million to make– but whose worldwide gross came to $327 million was a trifecta winner in its first week out on home video. The Disney film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, was […]

BLOCKBUSTER CFO QUITS, GETS SEVERANCE BONUS

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

With reports continuing to circulate that Dallas-based Blockbuster plans to file for bankruptcy before the end of the month, the home-video renter announced Monday that its CFO, Thomas Casey, had resigned after entering into an amended employment agreement last week that included an increased severance payment. Home Media magazine quoted a source as saying, “They […]

REPORT: BLOCKBUSTER WILL DECLARE BANKRUPTCY IN TWO WEEKS

August 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Blockbuster, the last remaining home-video rental chain covering the entire country, has finally concluded that it no longer can stave off bankruptcy and plans to enter Chapter 11 in about two weeks, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Friday), citing several people familiar with the situation. The company then plans to cancel its leases at […]

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