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Home Media Magazine each week publishes editorial pieces from home entertainment experts Thomas K. Arnold and Stephanie Prange.



Kiosks Center of the Storm — Again

August 10, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

I really was determined not to write a column about kiosks this week. But then Fox decided to issue a statement that Redbox shouldn’t have its discs until 30 days after everyone else gets them, turning it into a kind of dollar movie theater for home video.



Sony, Toshiba: If You Can’t Beat ’em …

July 27, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

Two companies bowed to market forces last week, linking with businesses that at one time were considered threats.



Wal-Mart and Redbox: Yea or Nay?

July 22, 2009
By : Thomas K. Arnold
From the Editors

I’ve been chastized severely by a couple of people for a recent blog entry in which I blasted Wal-Mart for allowing Redbox kiosks into its stores because they directly compete with the chain’s DVD sellthrough business.



Another Change of Habit

July 15, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

For an industry accustomed to periodic and sweeping shifts of distribution and format, the about-face we’ve experienced in recent months is still remarkably jarring.



No Stop to the Kiosk Invasion

June 29, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

When sellthrough goliaths such as Wal-mart and Best Buy get into the rental business, studios will have to take even greater notice.



The Classic Glamour Comes Back

June 15, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

With all of the hullabaloo over disc dollars and cents, the home entertainment business for a few months lost sight of its role in preserving and extolling the virtues of classic cinema and television.



The Customer Isn’t Always Right

June 02, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

Although customers want to be able to make copies of their movies, the studios put copy-protection on DVDs to prevent what happened to the CD business from happening to them.


stephanie prange


Industry Pundits Answer ‘6 Questions’

May 19, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

This week we introduce a new feature for the magazine: 6 Questions. Our intention is to engage the top executives in the industry with precise, to-the-point questions and elicit answers that offer direction and insight in these uncertain times.


stephanie prange


Hints of Good News for Disc

May 04, 2009
By : Stephanie Prange
From the Editors

The disc business seems to be channeling Mark Twain. Reports of its demise have been exaggerated.


thomas k arnold


Digital Moves Complement Disc

April 27, 2009
By : Thomas K. Arnold
From the Editors

Digital downloading seems to be faring no better than packaged media in the current recession.






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