Walmart DVD Conversion Service Launching Monday
April 13, 2012

In a few days time, Walmart stores across the United States will begin a new disc to digital conversion program. Around 4,000 DVDs and Blu-ray discs from studios such as Sony, Warner Bros., Paramount, Viacom and others will be eligible for conversion for either $2 (SD conversion) or $5 (HD conversion).

Walmart's New Service Bridges Two Worlds
March 14, 2012

For two bucks, Walmart will make your DVDs available in the "cloud." So far, Best Buy remains on the digital sidelines.

If this were a movie, Walmart would play the DVD lover's knight in shining armor.

The Bentonville, Ark., retailer announced Tuesday, from Hollywood no less, that it will offer a "disc-to-digital service" at its 3,500 stores in the United States. For $2 a movie, Walmart Stores Inc., which is partnering with Vudu, will store your DVD movies in the "cloud," or Vudu's remote servers, where they can be downloaded to any Internet-connected device

Epix Coming to Multiple Devices
April 27, 2011

Epix, the multi-platform pay-TV channel co-owned by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, April 27 said it would launch an app that gives authenticated users access to thousands of movies and TV shows on more than 100 consumer electronic and mobile devices. Unlike most content apps exclusive to Apple, the free Epix app is compatible with Android-powered tablets and phones from a variety of manufacturers such as Motorola, HTC and LG; Samsung TVs and Blu-ray Disc players; Google TV; Roku media players; and the BlackBerry.

Dish, Epix Partner for Online VOD Movies
April 5, 2011

Satellite TV operator Dish Network April 5 said subscribers who include pay-TV channel Epix in their monthly plan can now access the platform’s 3,000 movies free on the Web at Epix, which is owned by Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate, has a portfolio featuring movies such as Star Trek, The Last Airbender, Iron Man 2, Shutter Island and Kick-Ass, in addition to original music and comedy shows.

Netflix Rises as Studios' DVD Money Tumbles
February 4, 2011

Not long ago, ambitious young executives at the six major film studios maneuvered to get into the home entertainment divisions. Nowadays, getting assigned to home entertainment is like being sent to the Eastern front. Better to work in theatrical distribution, international, or maybe studio facilities. Recently, I spoke with an executive from one of the big studios who, while discussing the in the film industry, noted there was one silver lining. "At least," the person said, "I don't work in home entertainment." The home-entertainment divisions at the six major Hollywood film studios typically oversee sales of DVDs and Blu-ray

Redbox Revenue Up 54%, No Digital Partner Yet
October 29, 2010

A hoped-for announcement by Redbox regarding a third-party joint venture for a streaming service, possibly with either Walmart or Amazon, failed to materialize, though executives with parent company Coinstar did acknowledge that a deal was close. While calling the digital distribution market “crowded and fragmented” and a “small part of the home entertainment market,” Coinstar CEO Paul Davis said expanding to offer digital as an option for Redbox customers could be “profitable” and that the company is “in detailed discussions with a number of highly interested partners.” “We are at the table in negotiations, discussing the possibility

Six Questions: Video Buyers Group President Ted Engen
August 27, 2010

With the departure of Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video and downsizing of Blockbuster’s national footprint, independent retailers are quietly filling in the gaps, renting and selling movies to a consumer base still accustomed to frequenting the local video store.

With nearly 1,600 retail members, the Video Buyers Group (VBG) remains one of the most enduring trade groups in home entertainment. It recently held its 24th annual trade show Aug. 11-12, in Minneapolis — the longest running industry confab for independent video stores

Netflix to Pay Nearly $1 Billion to Add Films to On-Demand Streaming Service
August 10, 2010

At a cost of nearly $1 billion, Netflix said on Tuesday that it would add films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM to its online subscription service.

It was a coup — albeit a costly one — for Netflix, which knows it needs to lock up the digital rights to films as customers stop receiving DVDs by mail and start receiving streams via the Internet. The deal will start Sept. 1.