February 27, 2007 |
Sony Corp. said Monday that it was bringing out a cheaper player for Blu-ray discs early this summer, a crucial step in its battle to make the high-definition format the replacement for DVDs. The BDP-S300 will cost $599 yet will have the same capabilities as the $999 BDP-S1 that Sony is currently selling, said Randy Waynick, senior vice president of the home products division of Sony Electronics. Sony and Samsung Corp., which also makes a Blu-ray player, have been undersold by Toshiba Corp.'
December 22, 2008 |
Pop culture is finally hitting the eject button on the VHS tape, the once ubiquitous home video format that will finish this month as a creaky ghost of Christmas past. After three decades of steady if unspectacular service, the spinning wheels of the home entertainment stalwart are slowing to a halt at retail outlets. On a crisp Friday morning in October, the final truckload of VHS tapes rolled out of a Palm Harbor, Fla., warehouse run by Ryan J. Kugler, the last major supplier of the tapes.
February 12, 2007 |
As the opposing camps pushing the next generation of DVDs try to win audiences, they are furtively pursuing the affections of the multibillion-dollar porn industry. Since the advent of home video, adult entertainment has played a key role in the adoption of new consumer technology. Porn companies, for instance, helped VHS trump Betamax in the '70s. More recently, they began streaming online video long before television networks.
June 16, 2011 |
Amid a continuing industrywide slump in DVD sales, Walt Disney Studios issued layoff notices on Wednesday as part of a plan to shed about 200 jobs. The cuts include an undisclosed number of layoffs and dozens of jobs that have been unfilled, primarily in the studio's home entertainment division in Burbank, said a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment. The movie studio behind the current worldwide hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," employs about 5,000 people globally.
January 8, 2013 |
Hollywood's era of plummeting home entertainment revenue is finally over. After seven straight years of falling returns driven by the collapse of DVD sales, Americans in 2012 spent more money watching movies at home than they did the previous year, according to data to be released Tuesday. The 0.23% rise, to just over $18 billion, is tiny, and it's a sign more that the business is “stabilizing” than that it's booming again, in the words of Craig Kornblau, Universal Studios' home entertainment president.
July 23, 2013 |
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Kaleidescape makes a highly regarded line of home media servers, but it faces at least two major hurdles to growth. First, it's been embroiled in a years-long battle with the entertainment industry over the legality of its core products. And second, the price tag on those products -- the entry-level Kaleidescape system costs around $15,000 -- confines them to the ultra-luxury niche. On Tuesday, the company is making a significant step toward hurdling the second barrier by releasing a $4,000 media server, dubbed the Cinema One. That's still a bridge too far for the typical DVD renter, but it's no longer out of reach for homeowners who splurge on custom home theater installations.
October 25, 2012 |
Warner Bros. and Redbox have reached a multi-year deal that reduces the wait for new movies available through the retailer's popular red rental kiosks. The studio said it will make newly released movies available to Redbox within 28 days of the DVDs and Blu-ray discs going on sale, starting in January. Earlier this year, the Time Warner Inc.-owned studio instituted a new policy that all DVD rental outlets must wait 56 days from the time the disc goes on sale at retail outlets Wal-Mart and Best Buy until consumers can rent them.
August 8, 2012 |
Consumers are renting fewer movies in total even as they make the switch to digital from physical media. The total number of movies rented by Americans in the first half of 2012 declined 10% compared to the same period a year ago, according to a consumer survey by the NPD Group. The research firm did not provide information on the total number of movies rented. Within that overall decline, rentals of DVDs and high-definition Blu-ray discs dropped a more sizable 17%. However, online rentals from video-on-demand outlets like Comcast and iTunes and subscription services like Netflix grew 5% during the January-to-June period.
February 20, 2008 |
Is it time to go Blu? Now that the format war with rival HD DVD is over, you might be tempted to rush out and buy a Blu-ray player as a companion for your high-definition television. If you're mainly looking for a good price, this could be your time. "The prices of Blu-ray players were forced down by the war with HD DVD," said Richard Doherty, research director of technology consulting firm Envisioneering Group.
July 4, 2007 |
The European Commission said Tuesday that it had asked several Hollywood studios to explain why they chose either the Blue-ray disc or HD DVD format for movie discs to see whether they were breaking European Union rules that bar companies from shutting out rivals. The Sony Corp.-backed Blu-ray format has won strong support from Hollywood. Walt Disney Co., News Corp.'