MESA News – Apr. 24


OPINION: IP video is the new CE sun
By Paul Sweeting – 04/24/2009
Paul Sweeting is editor of Content Agenda
APRIL 24 | It was clear that the big story of NAB this year was not anything to do with traditional broadcasters or programmers but the competition between Adobe Systems and Microsoft for supremacy in bringing IP-delivered video directly to TVs, set-top boxes and other consumer electronics devices. More
Secretary of Commerce pledges IP protection support
By Paul Sweeting – 04/21/2009
APRIL 21 | Locke: Obama Administration will address problem of theft More

Pirate Bay defendants demand retrial
By Ed Meza of Variety – 04/24/2009
APRIL 24 | FROM VARIETY: Swedish judge denies conflict of interest More


MPAA: Movie industry supports 2.5 million jobs
By Paul Sweeting – 04/21/2009
APRIL 21 | Report claims total payroll of $41.1 billion More

Peace Arch sells off DVD arm
By Susanne Ault – 04/20/2009
APRIL 20 | Meyerowitz to take over distribution through new Phase 4 More

Warner ups Powell over production facility
By Susanne Ault – 04/20/2009
APRIL 20 | Former supply chain VP to head Global Digital Media Xchange More

Image calls off Nyx merger
By Susanne Ault – 04/20/2009
APRIL 20 | Collects $2.5 million in business interruption fees More

SAG national board approves tentative deal
By Dave McNary of Variety – 04/20/2009
APRIL 20 | FROM VARIETY: Film-TV pact faces guild More


Blockbuster has Notorious sell-through, rental mix-up
By Susanne Ault – 04/24/2009
APRIL 24 | Retailer to rent beefier version of Fox film rather than replace More

Ryko Distribution merges with ADA
By Cindy Spielvogel – 04/24/2009
APRIL 24 | Both are divisions of Warner Music Group More

Netflix Q1 income jumps 68%
By Danny King – 04/23/2009
APRIL 23 | Subscriber growth, earnings beat January forecast More

Viz runs promotion with Trans World
By Cindy Spielvogel – 04/23/2009
APRIL 23 | Naruto fans can get free sampler DVD More

Record Store Day boosts sales at retailers
By Susanne Ault – 04/21/2009
APRIL 21 | More than 1,000 stores participated in April 18 event More

NCR acquires kiosk operator TNR/MovieCube
By Danny King – 04/21/2009
APRIL 21 | Deal accelerates Blockbuster Express kiosk program More


BD Live growing in function, attraction
By Susanne Ault – 04/23/2009
APRIL 23 | Sony promises increased interactivity for platform More

Warner rewards Blu-ray, HD DVD buyers
By Susanne Ault – 04/22/2009
APRIL 22 | Launches loyalty, upgrade trade-in programs More


ZillionTV locks down content with Verimatrix
By Todd Spangler of Multichannel News – 04/20/2009
APRIL 20 | FROM MULTICHANNEL NEWS: TV-over-broadband startup picks encryption and authentication platform More

Studios, RealNetworks head to court over RealDVD
By Jennifer Netherby – 04/23/2009
APRIL 23 | Depositions include home video executives More

Facets launches online rental service
By Laurence Lerman – 04/22/2009
APRIL 22 | Arthouse, rare titles on DVD, VHS available through subscription plans More

Dell ships computers with Qflix DVD burners
By Jennifer Netherby – 04/21/2009
APRIL 21 | Drives will transfer movie downloads to disc More

Buzz builds home for 3D
By David S. Cohen of Variety – 04/20/2009
APRIL 20 | FROM VARIETY: Digital Cinema Summit looks beyond glasses More

Adobe puts Flash into home entertainment devices
By Susanne Ault – 04/19/2009
APRIL 19 | Technology available as standard for Web video delivery More


ITunes helps Apple beat Q2 earnings expectations
By Danny King – 04/22/2009
APRIL 22 | Unit’s sales outpaced growth of company’s revenue More

Hulu, NBC Universal lead long-form video surge
By Danny King – 04/22/2009
APRIL 22 | Average February video stream is 22% longer than a year earlier More

Image offers Caves as free download
By Susanne Ault – 04/22/2009
APRIL 22 | IMAX documentary second to be available for Earth Day More

Amazon streaming service goes HD
By Danny King – 04/21/2009
APRIL 21 | Set-top box lets users view from 40,000-title inventory More

Netflix shares could fall on streaming competition
By Danny King – 04/21/2009
APRIL 21 | Analyst: Company’s subscriber growth might slow due to Hulu, YouTube More



Xbox sales jump 30% in last quarter
By Jennifer Netherby – 04/23/2009
APRIL 23 | Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly revenue decline More