At the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Redbox president Anne Saunders met with several heads of studio home entertainment divisions, and couldn’t help but smile over what one of them said to her.
Warner Bros. remains bullish on UltraViolet with the studio set to rejigger windows this year by upping the number of movies released ahead of retail for digital sellthrough with cloud-based functionality, Time Warner CFO John Martin told an investor group.
UltraViolet, the studio-backed effort to jumpstart physical and digital sellthrough through a cloud-based platform, has millions of registered accounts that consumers aren’t using enough, said Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The world of second-screen applications was worth an estimated $490 million in 2012, and could hit as much as $5.9 billion by 2017. By looking at second-screen content as the next evolution of disc bonus features, the home entertainment industry can grab a nice chunk of that action.
It’s been quite a week for 'Argo.' Released on DVD and Blu-ray by Warner Home Video Feb. 19, the Ben Affleck-directed film win the Oscar for Best Picture Feb. 24, and also topped the weekly Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales.