August 18, 2009 |
As Yogi Berra would say: Yikes, it's dÃ©jÃ vu all over again. In recent days, my newspaper has been chock-full of stories about the latest round of legal battles between the Hollywood studios and Redbox, the upstart $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company. My colleague Ben Fritz has done a wonderful job of chronicling all the fussing and fighting, having reported on how three of Hollywood's biggest studios -- 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal -- are refusing to provide DVDs to Redbox until at least 28 days after they go on sale.
August 12, 2009 |
The six big motion picture studios Tuesday won a major legal victory against DVD copying. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel issued a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of RealDVD, a controversial software application that allows consumers to copy DVDs to a computer's hard drive. The standard anti-piracy software on DVDs blocks consumers from taking the movie file off the disc. The studios filed suit in September in District Court in San Francisco when the RealDVD software went on sale, alleging that it illegally violated their right to restrict the use of their movies in digital form.
July 17, 2009 |
Recession-fueled penny-pinching is driving consumers to rent more movies and buy fewer. New data released Thursday by the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry trade organization, showed that movie rental revenue rose 8% in the first half of the year -- a remarkable uptick for a business that many in Hollywood had thought peaked. At the same time, sales of DVDs have taken a shellacking, falling 13.5% for the period.
February 12, 2008 |
Netflix Inc., the mail-order movie-rental company, said it would start offering high-definition DVDs exclusively in Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format. Netflix would phase out Toshiba Corp.'s HD-DVD format by the end of the year after a decision by four Hollywood movie studios to opt for the Blu-ray format over Toshiba's for high-definition films and videos, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company said. Best Buy Co. also plans to recommend Blu-ray technology.
January 24, 2008 |
Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to announce today that it has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to create made-to-order DVDs of some of the studio's movies and TV shows. The agreement, whose terms were not disclosed, boosts Palo Alto-based HP's ambition to play the middleman in the future of how entertainment is distributed.
December 27, 2007 |
Larry Kay has won awards and endorsements for his DVD that aims to teach preschoolers values through pet care. His investors include a co-founder of the successful stamps.com and the head of the Red Mango USA yogurt chain. His resume includes stints at children's entertainment giants Walt Disney Co., Activision Inc. and MGM. So why can't Kay, head of Animal Wow Entertainment Inc. in Sherman Oaks, sell enough of his whimsical "Dogs Wow Dogs" DVDs and music CDs to get out of the red?