FTC Proposes Revisions to ‘Green Guides’

By Larissa Faw Green-friendly claims have been a proven lure in attracting consumers. One in four 18-24-year-olds (26%) will pay more for a product if it’s eco-friendly, according to Cone Marketing. However, green-friendly claims can vary widely or be extremely inconsistent. ... More

Why Your CFO Is So Cranky: The Digital Sales Data Problem

By John Konczal Digital distribution and sales models are top of mind for almost everyone in the media business. While I believe the potential for new business models enabled by digital media is real, I think there is real reason for concern that revolves around how your busines... More

Agency Finalizes Rule on Product Safety Labeling for Packaged Media Marketed to Children

Under a new rule from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), music, movie and game distributors may have to add tracking labels to certain children’s titles to satisfy a congressionally-mandated mechanism for safety recalls. Most DVDs, CDs, and game packages are not su... More

Research: Consumers Prefer Direct Mail Use of DVDs and CDs

DVDs and CDs are a preferred form of direct marketing that yield significantly higher results than print media and email, according to a recently released research study produced in cooperation with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). The study, sponsored by DiscMail Direct,... More

Studios Reportedly Forging Ahead With Premium VOD Plans: Movie Rentals Could Cost $30

Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Walt Disney are still seeking to offer new theatrical releases for rental on cable systems’ video-on-demand platforms — with plans to charge a hefty premium for screenings, according to Bloomberg. The three studios are in talks with In Demand ... More

Senate Bill Seeks To Give DOJ New Powers Against ‘Infringing’ Sites

Courts would be able to order Internet service providers to block consumer access to file-sharing websites and others “dedicated to infringing activities,” as part of the government’s latest proposal to counter online copyright infringement. The “Combating Online Infrin... More

Best Buy Downsizing CD and DVD Retail to Make Room For Games, Electronics

Ahead of the holiday sales season, Best Buy is taking away shelf space for CDs, and reorganizing its DVD aisles, to make more room for videogames and top-selling electronics such as mobile phones. The shift in the store's product mix is significant for entertainment distributors,... More

Implications of Reported HDCP Encryption Crack

Reports of a “master key” leak for the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection protocol — a key anti-copying technology for Blu-ray disc publishers and consumer electronics makers — have entertainment executives assessing the possible commercial implications. Most new... More

MeadWestvaco to Sell AGI Packaging Business for $68 Million

Packaging giant MeadWestvaco Corp. announced late last week that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its AGI media and entertainment packaging business to industrial holdings company Atlas Holdings, in a $68 million cash transaction. The sale includes business units AGI... More

The Truth About Security Audits

By: Martin Porter, Executive Director With so much to lose doesn’t it make sense for the entertainment industry to agree on a single vendor security auditing standard? [caption id="attachment_634" align="alignright" width="100" caption="Martin Porter, Executive Director"][/... More