Spotify Apps Promise ‘New Direction’ for Digital Music Service, Raise New Monetization Issues

It’s easy for Spotify’s paid subscriber base to appreciate the new set of apps for the digital music service. To date users have largely been left to discover new artists, albums and tracks on their own, from a sea of licensed titles whose depth and boundlessness can be as da... More

Number One With an Asterisk: Billboard to Exclude Deep Discounts from Sales Charts

Billboard is instituting a minimum pricing threshold on its long-running sales charts, casting a frown upon music retailers’ most aggressive promotion tactics as record labels seek to stabilize the value of CDs and digital tracks. Under the new policy, albums that sell for less... More

Giving the Gift of Packaged Media — And Digital Content

While packaged media remains the perfect gift for many holiday shoppers, digital entertainment goods are increasingly working their way onto shoppers’ lists as well. Nearly one third of consumers (31 percent) plan to purchase music or movies on disc as holiday gifts in 2011, a... More

WEBINAR: What to Do When Your Network is Hacked?

Click here to Download Recording (59 Mb) In the first of a series of webinars on content protection, security and cyber-threat, Steve Armstrong, a leading international digital forensics expert provided guidelines and procedures for what to do if your network is comprom... More

QlikView: Studios Gain Marketing Insights With ‘Data Discovery’

By Larry Jaffee All companies need key performance indicator (KPI) analytics to pinpoint what’s working and what’s not. New MESA member QlikView provides a business intelligence software solution that funnels all sorts of KPI data into one seamless interface. “Hollywood t... More

Redbox Raises DVD Rental Prices, Citing Rise in Operating Costs

Redbox next week will begin charging $1.20 per day for DVD rentals at most of its 27,800 locations nationwide, following tests of the higher price point this past summer. The 20 percent price hike “is based on an increase in operating costs, including higher debit card fees th... More

Time Warner Cable: Business Impact of Internet Video Services ‘Not Measurable’

Glenn Britt, chief executive of Time Warner Cable, acknowledges that Netflix streaming and other over-the-top video services “may well be” impacting the market for the company's premium channel subscription packages and paid video-on-demand programming. “But nobody that I ... More

Sony Creative Software to Acquire NetBlender

, a global provider of professional video editing, music creation and optical disc authoring solutions, announced on Monday that it is acquiring NetBlender, a leading developer of Blu-ray disc creation tools. Under the agreement, Sony Creative Software will acquire NetBlender’s... More

BluFocus Forms App Testing Division

Growth of App and Casual Game Industry Triggers Company Expansion Testing and certification specialist BluFocus announces its formation of an app testing division, to meet the growing demands of the app and casual game industry. Studios, app development companies, producers, an... More

New Distribution Windows Change Studios’ Profit Equation

by Marcy Magiera As networks and studios take advantage of myriad new ways to distribute content, they face greater challenges in managing windows to extract maximum profit from each transaction, said executives speaking at Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit at the Ri... More