How Will Cord Cutters Impact Home Entertainment?

I chatted recently with a tech-savvy friend about his sizeable and seemingly eternally-growing cable bill (Hello, Comcast.) My friend mused that he might just drop his cable and rely on Google TV, Hulu and various free sites on-line. His rationale was simple: He never watched live TV anymore, choosing instead to depend on several VOD […]

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January 10, 2013

Connected Blu-ray Continues To Grow

2012 turned in another milestone for Blu-ray’s ‘connected’ technology. Via Home Media Magazine, the number of connected players in use hit another high water mark. Blu-ray Disc players aren’t just for watching high-definition content, as 12.9 million devices are also connected to the Internet, according to new data from The NPD Group. For studios and […]

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January 4, 2013

On the Job

Guess where Giant Interactive and @DavidNaylor_1 were yesterday.

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December 12, 2012

Good News for Home Entertainment as 2012 Draws To A Close

It’s been a tough couple of years for the home entertainment industry. Spending by consumers has dropped significantly since 2009 and there’s been more than a little hand wringing about the future of the business. Yet, as 2013 draws to a close, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. As TheWrap […]

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December 11, 2012

Pondering the Future of Home Entertainment

Those of us in who are part of the supply chain for the home entertainment industry always have a weather eye turned toward both ends of the chain because trends and realignments at either end bring change for those of use delivering services and technology in between. At the beginning of that chain lies the […]

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October 29, 2012

Onward and Upward for 3D Blu-ray

I wasn’t surprised to see some of the encouraging numbers for 3D Blu-ray which were reported this week in Home Media Magazine. With Avatar, consumer interest in 3D Blu-ray jumped and the phenomenal success of this title has encouraged studios to keep 3D front and center for other tentpole titles. Consumers seem to be ‘getting’ […]

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October 25, 2012

Bonus Is Off the Disc!

Much as been written about how the home entertainment industry is experiencing significant change, initiated by the changing tastes and habits of the entertainment-seeking public and carried out by studios, distributors, and other passionless corporate entities. The trend has pronounced — not long ago I wrote about what seemed to be the sad state of […]

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October 10, 2012

The Good News is Blu!

For those of you keeping your finger on the pulse of the home entertainment business, a couple good news items about disc-based media and Blu-ray in particular have published recently in Home Media Magazine. The first I want to share is Home Media Magazine‘s “Total Disc Sales Revenue” chart, a weekly tracking of both DVD […]

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September 13, 2012

DVD & Blu-ray Bonus — Going, going…gone?

The occasion of our latest Director’s Commentary recording session prompts a question: 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, […]

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August 15, 2012

What We Tell Our Clients About Blu-ray

Periodically we are asked by a client to brief them about the state of the home entertainment marketplace. It’s interesting to look back at these research efforts to see if the reality matches up with industry projections. Case in point: One such project in January, 2011 which we completed for a major studio considering an […]

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August 7, 2012