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PEOPLE STILL PREFER TO RENT MOVIES ON DISCS

March 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Netflix chief Reed Hastings may be doing all in his power to encourage consumers to forsake disc rentals and switch to streaming video, but a new study by Rentrak indicates that — by a wide margin — consumers still prefer renting standard DVDs and Blu-ray Discs than streaming them online or renting them via video-on-demand […]

BRITISH MUSIC RETAILER LAUNCHES VIDEO-ON-DEMAND SERVICE

November 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

HMV, Britain’s largest music and video retailer, is launching a beta version of its video-on-demand rental service today (Thursday) in the hope of offsetting slumping in-store sales. The retail chain said that it is partnering with FilmFlex, a joint venture between Sony Pictures TV and Disney that operates as a middleman — it calls itself […]

PARAMOUNT TO OFFER LATEST TRANSFORMERS MOVIE ON OWN SITE

October 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a landmark antitrust ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948 (United States vs. Paramount Pictures) motion picture studios were barred from owning the theaters that showed their movies. Since then, they have operated through distribution companies (most of which they own themselves) that are essentially middlemen between themselves and theater owners. A similar […]

NATO ASKS: IS ANYONE PAYING $30 FOR PREMIUM VOD?

May 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) wants to know whether consumers have been willing to spend the $30 or so being charged to rent movies via so-called premium video-on-demand. In a statement released today (Wednesday), NATO asked the studios that are participating in the VOD experiment — they’re releasing some films 60 days after […]

COMCAST NOW OFFERS VOD FROM ALL NETWORKS

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Throw away the TV guide. If you’re a Comcast subscriber, you’ll be able to watch many network television shows any time you wish. Comcast said on Wednesday that it has become the first cable-TV provider to offer programs from all four major television networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, on its video-on-demand service beginning the […]

MOVIE TO DEBUT SAME DAY IN THEATERS AND VOD

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Passion Play, starring Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray and Megan Fox will be available on video-on-demand on May 6, the same day that it debuts in theaters, DISH Network said on Wednesday. Moreover, it won’t bear a premium pricetag. DISH said the movie can be viewed in high definition for $5.99 or $4.99 in standard definition. […]

MAGNOLIA PICTURES OFFERING VOD ON SAME DAY MOVIE DEBUTS

April 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theatres chain does not seem at all concerned about movies becoming available for video-on-demand at the same time they’re in theaters. One of the reasons may be that the chain is a corporate sibling of Magnolia Pictures, also owned by Cuban, which already has offered to allow cable and satellite companies to […]

REPORT: EARLY VIDEO-ON-DEMAND COMING BY JUNE

March 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

At least three studios plan to participate in a test with satellite operator DirecTV of so-called early video-on-demand before the end of June, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday), citing people familiar with the matter. However, in an apparent effort to appease theater owners who are concerned that early releases will harm ticket sales, […]

FILM TO DEBUT IN THEATERS AND VOD ON SAME DAY

February 16, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Satellite service DISH Network said Tuesday that it will make The Resident, starring Hillary Swank, available on so-called premium video-on-demand on Friday, the same day that it debuts in movie theaters. Although some studios have discussed the possibility of releasing films on VOD while they are still in theaters, none has suggested a willingness to […]

U.K. MOVIE TO DEBUT IN THEATERS AND ON VOD SAME DAY

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in the U.K., a movie will be debuting in theaters and via video-on-demand (VOD) simultaneously. The Iraq war-themed In Our Name, which was backed by the BBC, is due to open Friday in the arthouse chain Curzon Theaters and can be viewed the same day via Curzon on Demand on television […]

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