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HD Report | June 29, 2017

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Redbox gets 7-day window for Warner Bros. titles

May 22, 2017 |

Redbox announced this morning a seven-day window for Warner Bros. titles on Blu-ray and DVD. That means Redbox customers can get new titles just a week after they release to retail stores on disc and On Demand.

At Redbox kiosks … Read More

Martin Scorcese’s ‘The Irishman’ on Netflix: Is This Even Something We Want?

February 26, 2017 |

Eyebrows were raised last week when IndieWire reported that Martin Scorsese’s (no stranger to prominent eyebrows himself) next film, The Irishman, featuring both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, had been picked up for distribution by Netflix.

Whoa. A movie … Read More

Redbox will get new Paramount titles on Release Date

January 19, 2017 |

Paramount Home Media and Redbox announced a deal that brings new Blu-ray Discs and DVDs to Redbox kiosks the same day they are released in stores. Typically, the window for renting new titles from Redbox has been 28 days.

Upcoming Paramount movies … Read More

Australian Court Blocks Pirate Bay & Other Torrent Sites

December 16, 2016 |

In a legal order issued yesterday the Australian Federal Court has told over 50 internet service providers to block several torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, SolarMovie, as well as a list of proxy services.

The court order comes long after content … Read More

Amazon Makes First Drone Delivery in Cambridge, UK

December 14, 2016 |

You might be closer to getting your Blu-ray Discs and other lightweight products much quicker, as Amazon has made it’s first commercial drone delivery to a customer in the U.K.

The purchase, an Amazon Fire TV player and a bag … Read More

Dolby Announces Atmos In 2,000 Theaters & 500 Movie Titles

December 7, 2016 |

Dolby Laboratories announced today new milestones that include the installation of 2,000 Dolby Atmos-enabled theater screens, and 500 movie titles mixed in the immersive audio format.

“When Brave was released in 2012, Dolby Atmos enabled us to bring audiences into the rich … Read More

Warner Bros. To Purchase Machinima In Full

November 17, 2016 |

Already an investor since 2014, Time Warner-owned Warner Bros. has signed an agreement to purchase the rest of the YouTube-based network Machinima for about $100 million. That number is just an estimate from an insider, however, as the financial terms … Read More

Vine Shutting Down, No Longer Accepting Uploads & Discontinuing App

October 27, 2016 |

When Vine launched in 2013 it bet on a user base that would want to create, publish and share short form, 6-second videos and animations with other users. The platform was, although riddled with adult content for much of its … Read More

AT&T May Purchase Time Warner This Weekend [Updated]

October 21, 2016 |

Sources are reporting that AT&T may acquire Time Warner Inc. as early as this weekend. If the deal goes through, AT&T will own major properties in the broadband TV, satellite TV, landline telephone and wireless markets. [Update: AT&T has agreed to … Read More

Verizon Buying Yahoo! Core Business For Almost $5B In Cash

July 25, 2016 |

Verizon has officially announced they are buying Yahoo!’s core business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to regulatory approval and Yahoo’s shareholders. The purchase includes Yahoo!’s search, advertising, content creation, and mobile technologies.

The buyout follows Verizon’s purchase of AOL just over … Read More

Warner Bros. Partners With HEVC Advance for 4k UHD H.265 Compression

June 28, 2016 |

Warner Bros. Entertainment has partnered with HEVC Advance to become both a Licensor and Licensee of the HEVC/H.265 Patent Pool, giving Warner Bros. access to H.265 technology through HEVC Advance, but also allowing the studio/distributor to contribute their own patents for license.

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Over 1M Pirated Downloads of ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale in 8 Hours

June 27, 2016 |

After the finale of Game of Thrones Season 6 over one million people downloaded the episode within the first eight hours, that according to the website TorrentFreak that measures activity on the peer-to-peer file sharing network BitTorrent. The website expects … Read More

Christopher Nolan’s Epic ‘Dunkirk’ Begins Filming

May 23, 2016 |

Principle photography has begun for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming epic action film Dunkirk about the town of Dunkirk, France that was evacuated at the beginning of World War II. The original screenplay was written by Nolan, who is also directing the … Read More

New ‘Star Trek’ Series Will Air Week-by-Week

May 3, 2016 |

The next Star Trek television series will air week-by-week, CBS confirmed today, negating any presumptions the network might offer the entire season all at once on their CBS All Access service. If they did, the network would follow suit with streaming leaders Netflix and Amazon who both promote … Read More

NBCUniversal Buys DreamWorks Animation

April 28, 2016 |

NBC Universal announced a deal today that gives DreamWorks Animation stockholders $41 per share in cash for each of their common stock shares in a buyout that values the company at about $3.8 billion in equity.

The buyout was approved by the board … Read More

TiVo may be bought by Rovi Corp

March 24, 2016 |


Rovi Corporation may be looking to purchase set-top-box maker TiVo, the New York Times reported today, although neither company would comment on the situation.

If there were a purchase, according to sources, TiVo shareholders would receive a combination of cash and … Read More

Chromecast accounted for 35% of digital streamers in 2015

March 8, 2016 |

Chromecast dongles accounted for 35% of the digital streamers in 2015, a market that consisted of 42 million units last year, that according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm also reported a growth of 32% in both streaming media players and dongles in … Read More

Super Bowl 50 on CBS Most-Watched TV Program in History

February 9, 2016 |

CBS announced their broadcast of the 50th Super Bowl was the most-watched television program in history. With 167.0 million viewers, the statistic includes anyone who watched the telecast for at least 6 minutes between 6:39 p.m. and 10:22 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Feb. … Read More

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ exceeds ‘Jurassic World’ opening weekend sales

December 21, 2015 |

Ticket sales are still being tallied after the first opening weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but already the film has grossed more worldwide than Jurassic World’s record-setting $524.9 million opening. At $528 million (the latest number revealed), the film will have earned … Read More

Chromecast Most Popular Streaming TV Device Worldwide

November 27, 2015 |

Chromecast is currently the most popular streaming media device globally, beating Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon’s Fire TV players in the third quarter of 2015.

The data comes from research firm Strategy Analytics, who reported 9.2 million combined units shipped worldwide in Q3. Chromecast … Read More

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