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March 31, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix flexed its muscle Monday, saying it would raise prices about 20% for subscribers who rent Blu-ray movie discs. The movie service said the higher rates would allow it to stock more copies of the high-definition discs to keep pace with demand. The rate change, which takes effect April 27, will add $4 to the $17 monthly fee paid by subscribers who rent three movies at a time. Customers who rent standard DVDs will not be affected.
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October 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Fox Home Entertainment Worldwide President Mike Dunn used a Consumer Electronics Industry forum Monday in Los Angeles to advocate for closer cooperation between Hollywood and device makers on the coming generation of media players that deliver video in ultra-high definition. Dunn proposed a next-generation Blu-ray player he dubbed a "digital bridge," which he said would carry the two industries forward over the next decade, as manufacturers introduce "4K" televisions and players that deliver four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs and Blu-ray discs.
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October 25, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Unable to get the rest of Hollywood behind its plan to make Redbox wait nearly two months after movies go on sale to rent them, Warner Bros. has compromised with the DVD kiosk giant. Beginning next year, Warner will let Redbox offer its DVDs and Blu-ray discs 28 days after they go on sale, the same "window" followed by most other major studios. In exchange, Redbox has agreed to help promote the Ultraviolet digital download initiative and to buy a large number of Warner Bros. movies for its soon-to-launch video-on-demand initiative.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The home entertainment business is growing again, albeit slowly, despite the fact that people continue to spend less on DVDs. After years of declines, total consumer spending on movies for home use grew 2% in the first half of the year to $8.63 billion. People increasingly spent money to access or own digital copies of movies, which helped make up for declining sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs. A 15% increase in  sales of more expensive Blu-rays helped offset an overall decline in disc sales of about 5%. FULL COVERAGE: Home Entertainment Most of the business went to online retailers Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, Best Buy Co.'s CinemaNow, Google Play and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Vudu.
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March 11, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Relativity Media has signed a four-year agreement with 20th Century Fox for the studio to release Relativity movies on DVD as the independent company attempts to transition from a film financier into a bona fide studio. The first three movies to be distributed by Fox were all box-office flops, illustrating the challenges that Relativity, led by Chief Executive Ryan Kavanaugh, faces now that it is fully financing and releasing its own pictures. After losing money from its co-financing partnerships with Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures over the last five years, Relativity and its backer, hedge fund Elliott Associates, are hoping to do better by developing and controlling their own films.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Target Corp., the nation's second-largest retailer, will start selling a Sony Corp. Blu-ray high-definition DVD player during the holiday shopping period and feature the player along with Blu-ray discs in store displays, dealing a potential blow to the rival HD DVD format.
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November 1, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Spending on home entertainment totaled $3.9 billion in the third quarter, up 5% from a year earlier, marking the first increase since the recession took hold in 2008. Purchases of recorded movies fell to $1.7 billion in the latest period, down 4% from the third quarter of 2010, a new report from Digital Entertainment Group shows. The continued drop in consumer purchases of movies came despite the growth in popularity of Blu-ray discs. Sales of Blu-ray discs, an increasingly popular format, were up 58%, but that wasn't enough to offset a decline in DVD sales.
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September 10, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In an effort to strengthen its retail business, Walt Disney Co. has consolidated sales of toys, books, apparel, DVDs and video games under a single division to be headed by Robert Chapek, the newly named president of consumer products. The former distribution chief for Walt Disney Studios will oversee an expanded consumer products group that will handle retail and licensing across the entertainment giant's businesses, from its film units — Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment and Disney — to the interactive media and television groups.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2011 | By Ben Fritz and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Video game consoles aren't just for gaming anymore. Increasingly, people are using their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii devices to stream movies and TV shows, according to a survey released Wednesday by Nielsen Co. Because all three consoles readily connect to the Internet, viewers can use them to access video-on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Major League Baseball Network and ESPN to watch on their TV screens rather than on...
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January 22, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
The Tim Burton-directed animated feature "Frankenweenie" debuted at the top of the DVD sales charts, while "Looper" remained the most popular rental in the U.S. in the second week of January. The horror movie "House at the End of the Street," meanwhile, was the most popular video-on-demand rental. Walt Disney Studios' animated films have remained relatively popular purchases amid a long-running DVD slump, and "Frankenweenie" continued that trend, despite not having performed well at the box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
The Tim Burton-directed animated feature "Frankenweenie" debuted at the top of the DVD sales charts, while "Looper" remained the most popular rental in the U.S. in the second week of January. The horror movie "House at the End of the Street," meanwhile, was the most popular video-on-demand rental. Walt Disney Studios' animated films have remained relatively popular purchases amid a long-running DVD slump, and "Frankenweenie" continued that trend, despite not having performed well at the box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The raunchy adult comedy “Ted” beat a pair of action films in pre-holiday sales of DVD and Blu-ray discs, with humor trumping the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and newcomer “The Bourne Legacy” as well as the animated “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” But “Ted” barely cracked the top 10 when it came to DVD and Blu-ray rentals. The winner in that category was “Men In Black 3.” Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs during the week ended Dec. 15 (sales)
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December 10, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
With home entertainment systems featuring screens as big as the Ritz, it's a good time to look at some recent DVD and Blu-ray releases of celebrated epics from the recent past. At the top of everyone's list of intelligent epics is David Lean's Oscar best picture-winning "Lawrence of Arabia," newly released in a handsome 50th anniversary box that includes a new 4K restoration of the film as one of its trio of Blu-ray discs. There's also an 88-page hardcover book and an actual 70mm film frame, but the movie itself is the reason to take this home.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Unable to get the rest of Hollywood behind its plan to make Redbox wait nearly two months after movies go on sale to rent them, Warner Bros. has compromised with the DVD kiosk giant. Beginning next year, Warner will let Redbox offer its DVDs and Blu-ray discs 28 days after they go on sale, the same "window" followed by most other major studios. In exchange, Redbox has agreed to help promote the Ultraviolet digital download initiative and to buy a large number of Warner Bros. movies for its soon-to-launch video-on-demand initiative.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
"The Hunger Games" put life into the stagnant home entertainment market this weekend, as fans snatched up 3.8 million DVDs and Blu-ray discs in the title's first two days on sale in the U.S. and Canada. That's more than either of the last two "Twilight" films, whose launch pattern" The Hunger Games" mimicked. In February of this year, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" sold 3.2 million DVDs and Blu-rays on its first weekend, while "Eclipse" debuted to 2.7 million units in December 2010.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2011 | By Ben Fritz and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Video game consoles aren't just for gaming anymore. Increasingly, people are using their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii devices to stream movies and TV shows, according to a survey released Wednesday by Nielsen Co. Because all three consoles readily connect to the Internet, viewers can use them to access video-on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Major League Baseball Network and ESPN to watch on their TV screens rather than on...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The raunchy adult comedy “Ted” beat a pair of action films in pre-holiday sales of DVD and Blu-ray discs, with humor trumping the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and newcomer “The Bourne Legacy” as well as the animated “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” But “Ted” barely cracked the top 10 when it came to DVD and Blu-ray rentals. The winner in that category was “Men In Black 3.” Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs during the week ended Dec. 15 (sales)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Fox Home Entertainment Worldwide President Mike Dunn used a Consumer Electronics Industry forum Monday in Los Angeles to advocate for closer cooperation between Hollywood and device makers on the coming generation of media players that deliver video in ultra-high definition. Dunn proposed a next-generation Blu-ray player he dubbed a "digital bridge," which he said would carry the two industries forward over the next decade, as manufacturers introduce "4K" televisions and players that deliver four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs and Blu-ray discs.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Spending on home entertainment totaled $3.9 billion in the third quarter, up 5% from a year earlier, marking the first increase since the recession took hold in 2008. Purchases of recorded movies fell to $1.7 billion in the latest period, down 4% from the third quarter of 2010, a new report from Digital Entertainment Group shows. The continued drop in consumer purchases of movies came despite the growth in popularity of Blu-ray discs. Sales of Blu-ray discs, an increasingly popular format, were up 58%, but that wasn't enough to offset a decline in DVD sales.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In an effort to strengthen its retail business, Walt Disney Co. has consolidated sales of toys, books, apparel, DVDs and video games under a single division to be headed by Robert Chapek, the newly named president of consumer products. The former distribution chief for Walt Disney Studios will oversee an expanded consumer products group that will handle retail and licensing across the entertainment giant's businesses, from its film units — Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment and Disney — to the interactive media and television groups.
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