Archive | Optical disc

Have U.S. Blu-ray Hardware Sales Reached the Top of the Bell Curve?

Even as the streaming home video revolution continues to widen, Blu-ray software and hardware sales continue to hold their own. According to DTC estimates, worldwide Blu-ray hardware sales rose 14% last year, will rise 13% this year and 12% next year. On the software side, DTC projects worldwide packaged media sales grew 43% in 2012, […]

A Blu-ray Player By Any Other Name

What do you call a disc player that performs a varying of entertainment functions, but in which you rarely or ever play a disc? Someday soon, Blu-ray player makers may be facing this nomenclature conundrum. Blu-ray is already seated uncomfortably under the streaming sword of Damocles. Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, et al, all are threatening the […]

Wal-Mart-Vudu Deal: Something’s Not Right

So let me get this straight. Wal-Mart expects consumers to box up their DVDs (making sure they were released by participating movie studios) and, if they have them, Blu-rays, schlep them down to a local superstore, wait for however long it takes, for someone to mark down the titles, fill out some online forms, and […]

If a DVD Falls off a Cloud Will Anyone Hear It?

Monday May 16, 2011 – Myra Moore You know the old saw: Content is King. I’m not delusional enough to suggest that has changed, and, in fact, it hasn’t. But the quest for convenience has become almost as important as having access to high-value content when it comes to entertainment media consumption. It’s more common […]

Video Optical Disc Wonder-land?

Monday May 2, 2011 – Maya Jasmin   With the push to get over-the-top (OTT) content to the television, options are becoming more plentiful and quality is improving.The question of what will become of video optical disc packaged media undoubtedly has to be explored.The best way to embark upon that exploration is to go straight […]