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Google's Entertainment Strategy is in Disarray
March 13, 2012

Google Music no longer exists as a standalone service. Google TV was an embarrassment. YouTube may lose music videos next year. Sources say not everybody at YouTube and Android is pulling in the same direction.

Google can't seem to get the hang of selling music and movies over the Internet--a goal that has similarly befuddled Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, and others.

Google TV was dead on arrival. YouTube's video-rental service is at best an also-ran, and that service also faces a possible exodus of major record labels to rival Facebook sometime next year

WD, SanDisk, Fox, Warner Team on Digital Movies
February 28, 2012

Western Digital and SanDisk this week teamed up with the home entertainment divisions of two Hollywood studios to launch a new effort to help consumers manage movies across multiple devices.

Wal-Mart Close to Signing with UltraViolet
September 21, 2011

Walmart, which acquired Web video-on-demand service Vudu, last year, could give Ultraviolet a big lift.

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, is very close to becoming the first large merchant to sign up to adopt UltraViolet, the cloud-video platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET. Ultraviolet (UV) is a set of standards and specifications designed to make approved movies and TV shows play on a multitude of devices. The technology is supposed to lay the groundwork for the next generation of home-video distribution and be the battering ram that crashes into walled gardens--the efforts by

Netflix's Vanished Sony Films are an Ominous Sign
July 11, 2011

In the not so distant past, Netflix was known mainly for its red envelopes. The DVD-rental-by-mail service was the company's core, and streaming video was a side perk for subscribers. Fast forward to 2011, and online movies and TV couldn't be hotter. Google, Amazon, Hulu and others have jumped into the fray -- putting studios in the power position. They want to be paid more for the content they're providing. That spells trouble for Netflix's streaming content costs.

GameStop Opens Facebook Store
April 8, 2011

Make room Warner Bros.: You’re not the only one making waves on Facebook. Video game retailer GameStop April 7 opened a Facebook store, offering its 1.8 million Facebook fans two firsts: the ability to pre-order games for guaranteed in-store pick-up via the social media site, and the ability to earn and redeem points in GameStop’s PowerUp Rewards program when they make purchases through the site.

Movies Get App Editions
February 17, 2011

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Feb. 16 launched Web-based apps for Oscar-nominated Inception and The Dark Knight, both directed by Christopher Nolan. The “App Editions” of the theatrical and home entertainment hit films are playable on an Apple iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, and available for free on the App Store.

Disney Demos DECE Competitor ‘KeyChest’
October 28, 2010

The race to create technology that would allow users to purchase a piece of content once and watch it on nearly any device is heating up, with Disney showing off its KeyChest technology yesterday. Like the DECE, which made its own announcements earlier this week, Disney is trying to create a central repository that stores user purchase information where digital storefronts and devices could connect to enable access to content wherever and whenever. Disney demoed KeyChest to reporters in Burbank, Calif., showing them possible cases where the rights repository might come in handy.

Premium VOD, For Whom?
September 27, 2010

Despite assurances to the contrary from major studios, the debut of premium video-on-demand (VOD) service appears on track for testing sometime early next year.

With the advent of broadband distribution into the home, content holders and cable operators have realized that yet another tweak of the distribution food chain could trigger a positive end in the endless pursuit of accretive margins and return on investment capital.

RealD Rides a 3-D Wave in Hollywood
August 17, 2010

This summer's slate of 3-D movies has boosted the box office and drawn moviegoers back to the multiplex.

But one of the biggest beneficiaries of the craze is RealD Inc., the dominant supplier of 3-D projection and viewing technology, which in July went public with an initial stock offering that raised $230 million, with net proceeds to RealD of about $82.6 million. The IPO saw 12.5 million shares sold at $16 each, about 33% above its expected range of $13 to $15, valuing the company at about $800 million.