Good-bye DVD? I think not.

I’ve seen a couple articles this week about the coming supremacy of streaming over the disc. The latest, 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 that can only mean […]

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March 28, 2012

“Indiekid Portable Film Festival” iOS App Debuts in the App Store

We’re pleased to announce the debut of Giant Interactive’s self-published app, Indiekid Portable Film Festival, in the App Store. Designed for both the iPad and iPhone, Indiekid showcases not only the work of passionate filmmakers who create short-form content specifically for kids, but also shorts created by kids. Intended as a living, evolving collection of […]

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March 6, 2012

Seriously…an 8″ iPad? Wait, that’s not a bad idea…

On its face, it seems a little silly be considering a ‘mini’ iPad. Yet the more I think about it, the better I like it. For reading and video, the 9.875″ iPad is a pretty comfortable size, big enough to provide detail and display ‘real estate’, yet small enough to be manageable. Yet I do […]

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February 14, 2012

Blu-ray Has Arrived, Without Question…But For How Long?

While it isn’t a surprise to many of us who work ‘behind the curtain’ of the home entertainment industry, we’re certainly pleased to see the recent business news which notes the strong performance of Blu-ray Discs in the consumer marketplace. On Tuesday, February 1, Home Media Magazine reported a note from Morgan Stanley that stated […]

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February 1, 2012

Second Screen Conference Announced — Who’s Going?

The Second Screen Summit has just been announced and you can bet that it’s going to be well attended. This is a hot area of home entertainment. It depends on who you ask, but estimates of how many viewers access their mobile devices when watching TV vary from 70 to 86%.  Yet whichever estimate you […]

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January 6, 2012

Managed Copy Is Around the Corner

One of the lauded features of the AACS copy protection scheme used on Blu-ray discs is the capability it offers to allow disc-owners to make a full-resolution copy of the content for use beyond their Blu-ray player…for playback on mobile devices, tablets, and more. Scheduled to debut at some distant, undetermined point in the future […]

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December 23, 2011

March to the Beat of a Different Drummer

With all the news about apps for movies, albums and streaming content, I’ve been curious to see how iTunes is going to change to keep up with the times. While it is part of the same big, happy family of Apple products, a number of my colleagues here at Giant Interactive have wondered how iTunes […]

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December 19, 2011

18 Billion Apps. That’s A Big Number.

The Huffington Post recently reported that over 18 billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store. When combined with the 10 billion downloads which the Android store lays claim to, that’s an astounding 28 billion apps or around 56 apps for every person living in the United States. That’s a pretty impressive number, […]

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December 12, 2011

Blu-ray On The Rise…But What’s Next?

Back in the day — just two years ago — there was plenty of talk about ‘if’ Blu-ray would ever make it as a format.  Well, those times are behind us, but there’s been plenty of speculations about how Blu-ray will fare in coming years in the face of VOD and SVOD. Well, the latest […]

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December 8, 2011

The Dual Screen Experience

Variety’s Entertainment App on Dec 1 provided an intriguing educational opportunity even for those who didn’t attend. We were well represented at the event by President Jeff Stabenau and Director of Digital Jay Chumley who will be bringing the insights garnered there back to strengthen our app development practice and our app-focused business development, I’m […]

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December 6, 2011

Apps and Music

It seems like there’s been a flurry of interest by music entities (bands, artists, etc.) in music apps in the last couple weeks. I’ve taken a few minutes to get familiar with some of the most recent releases: Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience – This app has received some great reviews and it’s easy to […]

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December 6, 2011