Comcast Nov. 19 launched its digital movie sellthrough service, promising titles for digital purchase weeks before they’re available on disc. The launch makes Comcast the first cable operator to sell movies — instead of just renting them — via its set-tops.
The emergence of subscription stream services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video underscore the need for competing distribution channels, including home entertainment, to offer exclusive content to consumers, Chase Carey, COO of 21st Century Fox, told an investor group.
Verizon Wireless has begun rolling out big-box retail stores aimed at luring customers to test mobile devices featuring wireless connectivity. It’s an idea Dish Network planned doing when it acquired bankrupt Blockbuster for its salvage value in 2011.
Warner Home Video’s 'Man of Steel' was the clear victor for the week ended Nov. 17, topping both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.