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

Asking the Right Questions: Thinking Through App Development

App marketplace is booming and it seems that every organization, from media companies to sports leagues, non-profits to entrepreneurs, is thinking about making an app. Before you dive headlong into the process, let’s take a moment to organize and plan. As Ben Franklin would say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” […]

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October 23, 2013

Netflix Continues to Surprise

Not long ago, perhaps a little over a year, it seemed like Netflix was a bit lost, disconnected from consumers and beaten up by major content providers like WB and HBO. It was tough times for the best-known name in streaming video. (Read about it here and here.) But that was then. This is now. […]

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October 15, 2013

Streaming Video Devices Will Soon Outnumber Humans…and Therein Lies Opportunity

If anyone needs any further evidence that the world of entertainment has completely changed in the past ten years…nay, the last five…need only consider the following forecast: In 2017 the number of Internet-connected video devices will pass 8 billion, exceeding the global population, according to new data from research firm IHS. Counting tablets, mobile phones, […]

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October 9, 2013

Report from the Digital Media Pipeline 2013

One of the chief messages of the day, a common theme which seemed to inform every panel, every discussion and every presentation — Change is constant. And change in the world of content delivery, whether that was movies, games, or television shows, presents both challenges AND opportunities for studios, distributors, technology partners and filmmakers alike. […]

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September 27, 2013

Giant Happenings at the EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline

We’ll post more about this in a future blog, but we wanted to share a glimpse into the Entertainment Merchants Association’s Digital Media Pipeline 2013, held Tuesday, September 24 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. Reported attendance topped 500 industry executives from every part of the mediascape including technology partners (like Giant), studios, digital […]

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September 25, 2013

Giant Steps in the Digital Mediascape with Roku

If you’re delivering content, you need to be where your customers are. And so we are. On September 13, our first Roku channel went live bringing long-standing client Renderyard, the cutting edge short film distributor based in the United Kingdom to living rooms. (For those keeping track, we also published a Tabby Award-nominated iOS app […]

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September 17, 2013

Time-Warner and CBS Lead the Charge…in the Wrong Direction

It seems counterintuitive that Time-Warner cable and CBS haven’t made peace and returned the cable universe and America’s primetime viewing back to normal. It’s the last thing you’d think that a cable company would want to do: Give viewers the glimmer of what entertainment delights are available elsewhere. Worried talk of ‘cord cutters’, those viewers […]

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August 21, 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

Renderyard Film Network’s App Named One of Three Finalists (Video) — Tabby Awards Press Release

The 60 best tablet apps worldwide are declared as Finalists at The Tabby Awards Independent judges selected them among over 150 iOS, Android and Windows 8 apps submitted from more than a dozen countries in this first tablet app competition. New York, July 25, 2013 — The Tabby Awards, the only competition for the best […]

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July 25, 2013

Is Cord Cutting Real?

With the explosion of entertainment options available to the internet savvy in the last couple years, there’s been a great deal of discussion and a fair amount of reporting about a trend, including debate on whether it is imagined or real. Are internet-savvy households abandoning their cable/satellite providers, substituting over-the-air (OTA) TV reception and VOD […]

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July 10, 2013

A Report Back from the Digital Front Lines

A week ago, Giant Interactive participated as a co-sponsor (with OVGuide) in the Entertainment Merchants Association‘s June Digital Salon. The topic of the evening: How do content providers attract consumers ‘where they are, when they are’ in a marketplace which is filled with numerous digital offerings and seems to be adding more choices every day? […]

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June 18, 2013