Comcast’s Deal For NBC Universal: Analysis Roundup

It’s official: Comcast has signed an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in NBC Universal from General Electric, paying $6.5 billion in cash and contributing $7.25 billion in assets to create a new entertainment media conglomerate. lays out the main points of the deal, detailing ... More

Analyst: Redbox’s New-Release Workaround Strains Under Studio Embargo

With Redbox now unable to obtain new release DVDs from three major studios, the offering in the company’s network of 21,000 kiosks is beginning to suffer, according to Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield. In late October, Warner Bros. and Fox joined Universal in precludin... More

Sony Seeks ‘United’ Supply Chain Across Electronics, Software

Sony Corp.’s various consumer divisions are adopting an increasingly coordinated approach to supply chain management to strengthen the company’s retail relationships, according to Yuka Yu, VP of Global Supply Chain Operations for Sony Electronics. The electronics unit has re... More

The Art And Science Of Collaborative Planning At CES

Michael Aguilar is widely known throughout the consumer electronics industry for his global supply chain initiatives on behalf of one of the world’s biggest companies - Panasonic U.S.A., where he had direct oversight of corporate strategic initiatives involving sales, marketing... More

Research: Consumers Placing Greater Value In Entertainment Subscriptions

Overall monthly per-capita entertainment-content subscription spending has risen to $115 in 2009, an increase of nearly 7% since last year, according to NPD Group. As of August 2009, 81% of U.S. households subscribed to a television service (satellite TV, basic/premium cable, or... More

Retailer Hastings’ Response To Redbox Drives Rentals

“Our movie rental business was negatively impacted by the de-valuing of the price of a rental movie primarily as a result of the growth of rental kiosks that rent movies for a dollar per day,” Hastings Entertainment CEO John Marmaduke says in the company’s latest earnings r... More

Rovi Markets Media Discovery And Connectivity For The Car

Rovi Corp. introduces a digital media platform designed to help automotive OEM and aftermarket manufacturers build car infotainment systems, with the ability to recognize and share digital media with devices on the home network. The solution, a combination of Rovi’s LASSO media... More

RCDb Supplies BD-Live For Netflix’s PS3 Service

Netflix is pushing the envelope of Blu-ray’s BD-Live technology with its “instant streaming” disc that brings the company’s online video renting service to PlayStation 3 owners. The disc is the product of a technology licensing and services agreement between Netflix and ... More

Steam’s ‘Call of Duty’ Exclusive Draws Fire From Digital Game Retailers

Several digital videogame distributors are refusing to sell Activision’s hotly-anticipated “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” this week, in a conflict-of-interest battle with online gaming leader Steam. PC versions of the game reportedly require installation and use of Steam... More

At Blu-Con: Home Entertainment Gets CNBC Close-Up

CNBC stopped in at the Digital Entertainment Group’s Blu-Con 2.0 conference in Los Angeles to get a read on Blu-ray and the home entertainment industry's prospects for returning to growth. Blu-Con keynote Jessica Reif-Cohen, of Merrill Lynch, told the business news network th... More