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BUSINESS
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Warner Bros. is set to introduce a high-definition DVD that can hold films and TV shows in rival and incompatible formats, the latest sign that the yearlong war over formats is far from over. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., said Thursday that it developed the Total HD Disc to help break the stalemate between HD DVD, developed by a consortium led by Toshiba Corp., and rival Blu-ray, backed by Sony Corp. Both deliver sharper pictures and increased space for special features.
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BUSINESS
January 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Hollywood studios have approved a new technology and licensing arrangement that should remove a major obstacle consumers now face with burning movies they buy digitally over the Internet onto a DVD that will play everywhere. Sonic Solutions today is introducing the Qflix system for adding a standard digital lock to DVDs burned in a computer or a retail kiosk.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Kudos: The boutique Criterion Collection continues to deliver definitive digital editions of classic vintage and contemporary films. This year Criterion brought out tantalizing discs of Carol Reed's "Fallen Idol," Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai," G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box," three versions of Orson Welles' neglected masterpiece "The Complete Mr. Arkadian," "Olivier's Shakespeare" and "3 Films by Louis Malle."
BUSINESS
December 7, 2006 | From Reuters
Holiday shoppers in North America snapped up nearly 5 million DVD copies of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" on the hit title's first day in release, Walt Disney Co. said. The strong start for "Dead Man's Chest," which was released as a single DVD and a two-disc box set Tuesday, means that Disney's Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment could have the three bestselling DVDs for 2006, Disney said.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co. agreed Tuesday to release movies for viewing on pay-per-view television as soon as 15 days after their release on DVD. The arrangement covers an unspecified number of films by Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Miramax and comes as part of a long-term content pact between Disney and Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator. Until now, Disney has generally followed the industry practice of releasing movies to pay-per-view between 30 and 45 days after DVD release.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Movie-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. said Thursday that it narrowed its third-quarter loss and increased its same-store rental revenue in the United States despite a weak lineup of new DVD releases. Its shares soared nearly 10%. Chairman and Chief Executive John Antioco said a better lineup of DVD releases and a new policy letting customers return videos ordered online either through the mail or at stores made the company "bullish on prospects for revenue in 2007." Blockbuster said it lost $24.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sonic Solutions, a maker of CD and DVD copying programs, and encryption software maker Macrovision Corp. said Monday that they would provide retailers with technology to download films and sell them on DVDs on demand, freeing up warehouses and shelf space. Macrovision and Sonic are the first to offer software that uses digital downloads of films from Hollywood studios to create copyright-protected DVDs with artwork and bonus features.
NEWS
October 5, 2006 | Randy Lewis
Beck loaded up his new album "The Information" with a bonus DVD with homemade videos for each song and stickers that fans can use to create customized CD covers, all in the hope of giving consumers more reasons to buy it. So what happens? In England, the album has been disqualified from appearing on sales charts because those extras give it "an unfair advantage" over less elaborate packages. The ruling comes from the Official U.K. Charts Co.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2006 | From Reuters
A patent application has been filed for a disc that would play two competing high-definition DVD formats. If successful, the disc could help resolve a battle that has divided Hollywood and confounded consumers. The patent application was filed by three Warner Bros. employees, two of whom are engineers for the company.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2006 | Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
It doesn't pay to be a film fan these days -- not when DVD distributors keep releasing new versions of the same movie, forcing cinephiles to pay again and again for much the same material. You can buy multiple versions of "The Wizard of Oz," "Some Like It Hot," the "Star Wars" films and all three "The Lord of the Rings" movies. Each version is a little different because of additional scenes, added commentary or new extras.
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