Crouching hype, hidden master

What makes the Weinstein Company's strategy for the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel truly unusual is that the film is bypassing all transactional windows -- from theaters to DVD sales and rentals to pay-per-view -- and going straight into a subscription window.…

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4K confusion

With the industry now preparing to make the leap from HD to 4K Ultra-HD a pair of announcements this week at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin suggested we could be in for more DRM drama.…

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Pining for days of DVD

The studios were hoist on the petard of their own pining for the heady early days of DVD -- a format shift that drove a massive change in consumer behavior from mostly renting movies to mostly buying them, producing a huge revenue and margin windfall for the studios.…

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Ebook trial: Tossing Amazon out the window

Had Amazon defied the publishers' ultimatum, and the publishers followed through on their threat, it would have created a situation that one class of retailer willing to charge the highest price for ebooks would get the first window, while those that wanted to sell at a lower price got a later window. Standard operating procedure.…

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The 360 degree movie deal

Like the music industry, the movie industry is confronting a future in which revenue comes in smaller chunks but from a greater number of sources. In the case of movies, that likely means new and shorter release windows, fewer exclusive distribution arrangements and longer ROI horizons.…

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