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2006 Year in Review: SEPTEMBER

1 Jan, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Microsoft launches its video-and-music player, the Zune.

  • Amazon.com finally unveils its long-anticipated digital download site, dubbed “Unbox,” with a wide array of movie and TV programming from such key players as Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios and Warner Bros., along with Nick at Nite, MTV, E! Entertainment Television and A&E.

  • In another notch in digital downloading's belt, Apple's iTunes Music Store adds movies from the Walt Disney Co., with most new releases priced at just $12.99.

  • Benjamin Feingold is out after 12 years as president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with David Bishop — the former MGM video chief who had been brought on in May 2005 to manage Sony's assumption of the MGM catalog — tapped as his replacement.

  • Microsoft takes aim at Apple's immensely popular iPod with its new Zune device, capable of holding 100 hours of video.

  • 20th Century Fox bows the FoxFaith label that is slated to release on DVD as many as a dozen original Christian-themed titles each year, half of them with theatrical runs preceding their DVD bows. The titles will target Fox's successful association with more than 1,100 Christian Bookseller's Association retail stores, which grew out of the success Fox had in selling 2004's The Passion of the Christ through churches and other religious groups.

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