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WAL-MART: LET US PUT YOUR DISCS IN THE CLOUD

March 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumers with overstuffed home-video libraries will soon be able to take their DVDs and Blu-ray Discs to their local Wal-Mart store and, for $2.00 apiece, have them transferred to “the cloud,” where they can be accessed from connected TV sets, home computers, and mobile devices. The disc-to-digital program was announced Tuesday by Wal-Mart, the largest […]

WARNER BROS. SAYS BLOCKBUSTER MUST WAIT 28 DAYS, TOO

October 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Warner Bros., which forces Redbox and Netflix to wait 28 days before they can rent out its films, will now apply that policy to Blockbuster, which has boasted that customers can rent the discs from its brick-and-mortar locations or from its website without having to wait those four weeks. Analysts observed that Warner Bros. may […]

STUDIOS MAY EXTEND KIOSK EMBARGO TO 60 DAYS

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Small, independent DVD kiosk operators are expecting that the major studios will extend the embargo on rentals by Redbox and Blockbuster express from 28 days to 60 — and that they’ll benefit from the move. According to Home Media Magazine, the operators of the kiosks — normally installed in locations that Redbox and Blockbuster regard […]

AL-MART FINDING SUCCESS WITH DOWNLOAD SERVICE

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Wal-Mart’s Vudu movie download service has rapidly become the third most popular in its field, putting it ahead of similar services from Amazon and Sony and behind only Apple’s iTunes service and Microsoft’s Zune Video Marketplace, the Wall Street Journal observed today (Monday). “The business we’re in today, offering first-run movies a la carte, is […]

WAL-MART TO STREAM MOVIES ON SAME DAY THEY’RE RELEASED ON DVD

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Wal-Mart today (Tuesday) began using its dominance as the world’s largest retailer of DVDs to enhance its online video rental service by making movies available for streaming on the same day they are released on DVD. Price: $3.99. The movies are available via Wal-Mart’s Vudu service, which allows connections to television sets via computers and […]

APPLE’S ITUNES STORE DOMINATES ONLINE DVD SALES, VOD

February 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Apple’s iTunes Store effectively held off challenges from rivals seeking to sell DVDs online and/or “rent” them via time-limited downloads, according to industry researchers Screen Digest. Combined with other video sites, including Microsoft’s Zune, Wal-Mart’s Vudu, and Amazon Video on Demand, the market for on-demand video sales and rentals increased more than 60 percent in […]

DVD RENTAL, SALES CHARTS PUZZLE

December 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The principal DVD/Blu-ray sales and rental charts seemed all the more puzzling on Wednesday as Home Media magazine reported that the No. 1 rental film of the week was Sony’s The Other Guys, while the same film only ranked No. 5 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. The explanation was that the higher-ranked […]

WARNER BROS. TO LAUNCH PREMIUM VOD SOON

December 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Time Warner’s Warner Bros. and New Line studios are planning to launch premium video-on-demand early next year, CEO Jeff Bewkes said Monday. Speaking at the 38th annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, Bewkes said he anticipated that movies would become available for one-time rental on cable and online about 30 to […]

BLOCKBUSTER BEGINS SELLING $99.99 BLU-RAY PLAYERS

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently realizing that the only way to get its customers to rent higher-priced Blu-ray Disc movies is to persuade them to buy Blu-ray players, Blockbuster has begun selling Sylvania Blu-ray players for $99.99 at most of its stores. It is also selling TiVo’s Series 2 digital video recorder for streaming Blockbuster On Demand movies for […]