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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Key Concepts for App and UX Design

Designing an app is much more than simply calling a developer, describing your idea and hoping for the best. There’s a tremendous amount of planning and forethought which are necessary, as well as a deep understanding of the potential audience, intended experience and expected outcome. We were privileged to be nominated for a Tabby Award […]

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September 10, 2013