Notes From Blu-Con: Studios Look For Sell-Through To Rebound As Recession Lifts

Executives convening at Blu-Con 2.0 in Los Angeles today are trading insights and observations on the state of the Blu-ray Disc business. Among them: • Studio chiefs expect home entertainment consumers to shift back to a sell-though model as the recession eases, according to a... More

Giant Interactive Launches BD-Live Service

Blu-ray and DVD producer Giant Interactive is marketing BD-Connect, a software solution for adding BD-Live interactivity to Blu-ray discs, to North American content owners under an exclusive partnership with European service provider Imagion AG. Giant says BD-Connect, which has ... More

‘Window’ To The Future Of Home Entertainment?

Sell Movie Downloads First, Rent Via Redbox Last, Says Analyst “We understand what a consumer wants” in home entertainment access, writes Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield. “We just see no reason why the studios should enable that behavior.” In a post to Pali’s... More

Blu-ray Conference To Examine 3D Specs

Integration of 3D into the Blu-ray Disc format is among the technological “coming attractions” that DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group plans to discuss next week at the second annual Blu-Con event in Los Angeles, CA. A panel of executives from studios and consumer electron... More

Sony To Offer Netflix Streaming To PS3 Users

Netflix is gaining another digital link to living-room TVs, in a deal with Sony to offer the company’s “Watch Instantly” streaming service via Web-connected PlayStation 3 consoles. Beginning next month, Sony’s PlayStation Network will offer Netflix streaming at no additi... More

Retailers Can Forecast Replenishment Needs With ‘Demand Chain Management’ Software

SilkRoute Global, a provider of retail supply chain solutions, launches a "demand chain management" software/service package for product replenishment forecasting in partnership with data warehousing company . Under the agreement, retailers will contract with SilkRoute Global fo... More

Paramount Renews With Technicolor; Business Impacted By Cost-Cutting

As part of a new multi-year agreement, Thomson's Technicolor unit will continue to provide Paramount Home Entertainment with services such as mastering, replication, packaging, distribution and returns processing, as well as freight management services in North America, for both ... More

Disney Developing ‘Keychest’ For Digital Content Access

Disney reportedly plans to unveil a new technology that would provide consumers with digital access to movies and other video content on their TVs, computers, and portable devices, without having to own DVDs or store copies of the film on their hard drives. According to a Wall S... More

Shopper Site Offers Keys To A ‘Blu Christmas’

With a greater number of player models available at significantly lower prices than in 2008, Blu-ray seems well positioned for the holiday season. But for Blu-ray boosters to close the deal with consumers, prices will have to drop lower still — and marketers will have to sharpe... More

Blu-ray Bolsters Home Entertainment’s Third Quarter

Blu-ray disc sales continued to grow in the third quarter, with overall sales up 83% for the year and playback devices now in 11.7 million U.S. households, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Although overall consumer spending on sell-through packaged media was do... More