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Say You Want a Revolution - Vinyl Gets Another Spin

Think vinyl in the digital age of music streaming and downloading and it’s easy to think snap, crackle pop and clutter. But one of the most unusual phenomenon of the past few years has been the renaissance of vinyl records – an odd curio in an era of consumption over collection and where the convenience of ‘All you can eat’, access all areas subscr ...

Social Media Platforms: A New Home for Video

Social media is shaping up to change the video viewing habits of many, with millennials already at the forefront of this switchover. User generated content and short form videos are proving to be incredibly popular by the mobile-driven masses, creating billions in views. As a result, it comes as no surprise that content owners are taking full advan ...

Virtual Reality and the Implications for the Music Industry

2016 is a major year for VR, as it pushes beyond the early adopters and reaches mainstream audiences, and crucially across a range of entertainment genres. Music has a great fit with VR and the pioneers in the music industries, artists, musicians and manufacturers, together with AV distribution networks and formats are already forging ahead, bringi ...

The HDR Challenge

This current generational upgrade for TV is happening in two waves, the first we've already seen (increased resolution – 4K UHD); the second is the inclusion of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wider Colour Gamut (WCG), posing a different challenge for the industry. It's clear that there is now little doubt that Ultra High Definition (UHD) will replace ...

Netflix Second Quarter Results Should not be Evaluated in Isolation

Netflix announced a lower than expected 1.7 million global net additions in Q2 2016, below expectations of many onlookers, as well as its own. It largely blames the recent announcement of price rises and subsequent increase in churn. However, these results are not entirely surprising. There are a number of factors to consider when monitoring Netfli ...

DVD Royalties - The Final Curtain

A longstanding and contentious issue for the optical disc replication industry has been the requirement to pay a royalty to a number of patent pools on each good disc manufactured. CD royalties expired in the early part of the last decade, except in the USA where they were enforced until 2008. Since 2013 the essential patents required for DVD produ ...

Starz Deal Strengthens Lionsgate Market Reach

The marriage of Lionsgate and Starz has finally reached the altar following the announcement that Lionsgate will acquire Starz for $4.4 billion in cash and stock. The move will bring Lionsgate a new conduit to the valuable US cable market as well additional international and SVoD distribution. Starz will be able to lift its game in terms of origina ...

Have you heard of Twitch and eSports...is a Question I Often ask People

Video gaming has come a long way, appealing now to a wider demographic than ever, from casual app gaming through to truly immersive experiences offered by VR. However, popularity is not just limited to the playing of games, but also the watching of others playing; carving out a new genre of video content, a new sport, and a new form of sportsperso ...

DreamWorks Animation Acquisition will Boost Universal Studio's Genre Portfolio

NBCUniversal, owned by cable giant Comcast, is buying DreamWorks Animation (DWA) for $3.8bn cash (total value of the transaction is $4.1bn including debt). The deal will significantly lift Universal’s capability in animation, which is consistently a key part of the children’s genre offering across all media.DreamWorks Animation was separated from D ...

Never Mind the Audio, Feel the Smart Home Interactivity!

At Google I/O last week, the company unveiled its response to Amazon Echo, Google Home, a compact wireless speaker with access to a range of music services including Google's own Play Music and GoogleCast, enabling multi-room audio. Android's Google Assistant and Google Now will provide far-field voice control for services interaction as well as sm ...

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