Blockbuster Bids Farewell

Blockbuster, as a physical presence, finally threw in the proverbial towel and has called it quits. Home Media Magazine reports that plans are in place to close the last remaining brick-n-mortar stores by the end of the year. The brand will continue to live on, however, as Blockbuster@Home through parent company Dish Network. It’s an […]

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November 11, 2013

Is DVD Going Extinct?

There’s been a great deal of talk lately about the coming supremacy of streaming over the disc. One of the most authoritative, seen on Techcrunch.com, radiated excitement in “Report: More Movies Will be Streamed Than Watched on Disc in 2012”. In short, “…more viewers will stream movies than watch them on disc, an inflection point […]

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November 6, 2013

Making Waves In the Home Entertainment Business

With the all the news about expanding VOD solutions and new VOD platforms debuting, seemingly every day, it would be easy to think that discs’ sales revenue had dropped off a cliff. And yet, this isn’t the case. One need look no further than Home Media Magazine‘s retail sales chart for the latest reporting week […]

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October 30, 2013

Do Consumers Still Value Bonus on DVD & Blu-ray?

Are ‘bonus’ features required or optional for a killer DVD or Blu-ray Disc release? Will they eventually disappear from discs entirely? For me, the answer is simple. ‘Bonus’ is what makes a disc release special. I’m always a little frustrated, as are others, by the rental ‘special’ versions which don’t have any ‘bonus’ at all […]

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October 17, 2013

Blu-ray Continues to Perform

There continues to be talk in the home entertainment industry about how Blu-ray will fare in coming years in the face of increasing competition from VOD and SVOD. The perennial question: Won’t physical media formats eventually be replaced by the ubiquity of VOD and digital portals? Possibly, but that day won’t be here anytime soon. […]

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October 3, 2013

Top Ten Reasons DVD Will Be With Us for a LLOOOONNNNGGG Time

From where we sit, with clients both big and small continuing to bring us DVD projects, DVD still has legs. We expect that DVD will be around for a third and even a fourth decade. Why? Top Ten Reasons DVD Remains Relevant (in no particular order) 1. Consumer Cost. Even with retail Blu-ray Discs prices […]

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September 5, 2013

Even While VOD Expands, Discs Hang Tough

Home entertainment continues to undergo a tremendous realignment from physical media to digital, virtual forms. Yet for all the fanfare and attention which new streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and others have received, discs continue to service a key market segment. They’re not going the way of the buggy whip yet (if ever). “…DVDs […]

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August 7, 2013

Blog Reprint: Top 10 Reasons DVD Has Legs

Anyone who has been following the evolution of the home entertainment market is aware that Blu-ray and digital are both trending up, while DVD is heading down. The latest data from the Digital Entertainment Group, the home entertainment industry’s leading advocacy group, delivers the details. Consumer spending in the home entertainment sector rose 1.43% with […]

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July 12, 2013

Home Entertainment Media: Where Do We Go From Here?

Welcome back! Glad to have you visiting again. We went silent there for a couple months while Giant Interactive went through a growth spurt, but now we’re settling into a steady rhythm and ready to pick up where we left off. But where, indeed, did we leave off? These are proving to be interesting times. […]

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May 15, 2013

Consumers Still Love Blu-ray & DVD!

With the all the news about expanding VOD solutions and new VOD platforms debuting, seemingly every day, it would be easy to think that Blu-ray and DVD as viable distribution channels for home entertainment were withering, soon to be consigned to the scrapheap of history along with buggy whips, corsets and spats. And yet, this […]

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January 16, 2013