Friday, February 19, 2010

DVD Sales Dying

It's not news that DVD sales - the lifeblood of Hollywood studios' P&Ls - are in a freefall. In response, the studios are doing all sorts of things to eke out just a little more profitability from the sales of the shiny discs. But as several news items over the last week underscore, the studios have little wiggle room before their efforts to shore up DVD sales have real or perceived consequences for key business partners. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Talpa Media deal

 Talpa Media is teaming with Warner Brothers to create formats for use in the US market. They will be working with Warner Horizon Television, a production unit of the company.

Talpa Media, based in Laren, the Netherlands, is the holding company that comprises John de Mol's media activities.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The TV Times are a changing..

According to Broadcast & Cable:

  For the first time, the amount of time youth (ages 8-18) spent watching "regularly-scheduled TV" dropped--by 25 minutes, from 2004 to 2009--according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

   But traditional TV remains the major screen for most young people. According to the study, 59% of media time is still devoted to live TV programming, with the rest a mix of time-shifted TV, plus DVDs, online, and mobile.

Traditional TV is still tops the list of media sources viewed at 4 hours and 29 minutes daily, then followed by music/audio with 2 hours 31 minutes; computers, (which of course measures not the content but only the means of distribution) 1 hour 29 minutes; video games, 1 hour 13 minutes; print, 38 minutes, and movies, 25 minute.
Missing seems to be mobile devices which I assume are rather significant.

But the writing is on the wall as to how things are changing - and media executives everywhere should pay attention.

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