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Amazon Rolls Out “Never Before on DVD” Store
May 24, 2012

Amazon has just launched their Never Before on DVD, a new online video store which will feature films and television series which are making their way to the DVD format for the first time. Accessible via Amazon's "Movies and TV" homepage, the Never Before on DVD store expands Amazon's current selection of titles and enables Amazon to add more classics coming from the vault of Disney, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Warner Bros., Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox. According to Amazon, the store will enable you to easily browse

Best Buy Offers Blu-rays at DVD Prices
April 24, 2012

Best Buy Co. has begun selling select new-release and catalog Blu-ray Disc movies (without UltraViolet) for the same price as the DVD with a disc trade-in. Consumers who bring in an approved, used DVD movie (up to five discs per visit) receive a $5 coupon per disc toward the purchase of a Blu-ray title. Used discs do not include burned copies or manufactured-on-demand titles. Specifically, the Minneapolis, Minn.-based consumer electronics chain is offering Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Contraband Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy for $14.99 and a $5 coupon received after trading in a separate used DVD

"Tower Heist" Home Rental Plan Dropped
October 13, 2011

Money talks. Facing a boycott by two of the nation’s largest theatrical chains, Universal Studios Home Entertainment Oct. 12 canceled plans to release action comedy Tower Heist in the premium video-on-demand window just 21 days after its theatrical launch.

Blue or Red: Why One Retailer Chose Blockbuster Kiosks Over Redbox
June 16, 2011

Redbox has more than 30,000 disc rental kiosks nationwide, more than three times the footprint of rival Blockbuster Express. Yet, Don Tovar, supply chain category manager with ExtraMile, the 200-store convenience chain owned and operated on the West Coast (and another 50 stores in Florida) by Chevron, opted for Blockbuster Express despite getting pitched by Redbox and Universal Studios — the latter attempting to bow its own line of interactive kiosks. Express kiosks are owned and operated by NCR Corp. under a (now disputed) license agreement with Blockbuster LLC, which is owned by Dish Network Corp.

Will 2011 Be 3D Blu-ray’s Year?
January 3, 2011

It started with the International Consumer Electronics Show and ended with Oprah. 2010 was home 3D’s coming out party, with every major consumer electronics company debuting 3DTVs and 3D Blu-ray Disc players, and roughly a dozen content owners taking the leap and releasing titles on 3D Blu-ray Disc. Research firm The NPD Group reported that 15% of Blu-ray Disc players sold during the important Black Friday weekend were of the 3D variety, and a full quarter of Blu-ray players available at retail by mid-November were 3D capable, according to the Blu-ray Disc Association.

2010: A Year in Transition
December 27, 2010

After a calamitous 2009, which saw the nation’s recession deepen and home entertainment spending drop 5% from the previous year, 2010 wasn’t all that bad. Sure, total consumer spending is likely to be down again, as Blu-ray Disc and digital delivery growth continues to lag behind the decline in DVD sales — which as of the end of the third quarter were running about 12% behind the previous year, according to an analysis of numbers provided by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. But a new reality has settled on Hollywood, rooted in the acceptance that the double-digital growth

Studios Talk Windows, Amazon Talks Pricing, Everyone Talks Blu-ray at Blu-Con
November 3, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The studios’ home entertainment presidents had mixed news to share Nov. 2 at Blu-Con, the third annual Blu-ray Disc convention. DVD sales are down 14% to date, according to Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video and board president for DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, which hosted the event. And the overall home entertainment business is still reeling from a rough economic climate, where consumers have turned to rental over sellthrough in droves. But Blu-ray sales are up 86%, and high-def disc is expected to generate $2 billion in revenue this year.

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

3D Rules Video Category
October 1, 2010

TV and projector manufacturers used CEDIA Expo to launch or showcase their latest 3DTVs and projectors. Make sure to go to the video section of Dealerscope.com for in-depth interviews with Sharp, Sony and JVC executives. Here are some highlights from the show: Sharp's Bob Scaglione, Kozo Takahashi and John Herrington get ready to don their…

Sharp Spotlights 60-, 52-inch 3D Quattron LCD TVs, at CEDIA Expo
September 23, 2010

Sharp Electronics has migrated its Quattron RGBY LCD panel technology into its first 3D LCD TVs, showcasing the just-released flagship LE925 series in 60- and 52-inch screen sizes ($5,299.99 and $4,199.99) on the night preceding the opening in Atlanta of the 2010 CEDIA Expo.