June 21, 2003 |
Are VHS tapes about to join vinyl albums in the dustbin? In the latest sign of the rise of digital media, weekly DVD rentals exceeded videocassettes last week for the first time, according to the Video Software Dealers Assn. The trade organization said an estimated 28.2 million digital videodiscs were rented for the week ended June 15, outpacing 27.3 million VHS rentals.
September 11, 2001 |
Dramatizing a rapid shift in consumer electronics, Blockbuster Inc. announced Monday that its stores will dump one-fourth of their VHS tapes to make room for more profitable digital videodiscs. Blockbuster will take a $450-million charge against earnings to cover the inventory overhaul. The announcement was the latest in a series of moves and countermoves by Hollywood studios, which rely heavily on video rental revenue, and Blockbuster, the dominant source of those rentals.
December 29, 1999 |
A DVD industry group said Tuesday it has filed suit against dozens of Web site operators for allegedly posting a DVD copying program that the group says is illegal and could destroy the fast-growing new format. At the heart of the complaint is a program written by a Norwegian programmer that foils the encryption that prevents DVDs, or digital videodiscs, from being copied.
August 31, 2000 |
Hollywood's hopes that the DVD format would prove harder to pirate than videos and CDs are being badly dashed in China and other parts of Asia, where DVD piracy has emerged on a major scale. China's experience shows that DVD piracy, once seen in the West as largely a hypothetical threat, is both possible and profitable.
October 28, 2007 |
Every so often in the collaborative art called television a little miracle happens. There is a meeting of minds, a confluence of vision, a gathering of particular talents. The planets align, the cards fall into place, and something is born whose worth is instantly apparent to all involved, not as a generator of revenue -- at which it might fail completely -- but as an ennobling refraction of some little bit of the Truth, of what it means, or could mean, to be alive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000 |
When the bottom fell out of the laserdisc market, it dealt a swift and staggering blow to Image Entertainment, which at one time was the largest manufacturer and distributor of laserdiscs, controlling more than 60% of the market. But over the last three years, the company has pursued a monumental change in strategy and has repositioned itself not only as an aggressive, if less prominent, manufacturer and distributor of digital videodiscs but has become noted for its unique line of concert DVDs.