Movie fans looking to check out the Best Picture nominees for the 87th Academy Awards before the Feb. 22 ceremony are going to have to hit theaters for most of them, as just two of the eight films in the category are already available on home video.
HBO Home Entertainment has launched a campaign aimed at selling digital access (with UltraViolet functionality) to select TV series inside a retail store. The pay-TV channel is marketing the $23.99 HBO Digital HD card at special point-of-purchase displays at Costco Wholesale stores.
Barry Diller, former head of Paramount Pictures and now chairman of media company InterActiveCorp (IAC), contends Amazon is merely using streaming video to lure and sustain Prime members more interested in e-commerce.
The entertainment category, which includes packaged-media movies, video games and music, generated a 0.4% sales increase compared with a 6.6% decline a year ago. Entertainment represented 12% of domestic revenue, the same as a year ago.