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  • Sainsbury's to ditch online sales of games, books, music, Blu-rays and DVDs
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    Sainsbury's to ditch online sales of games, books, music, Blu-rays and DVDs

    By 21 November 2013

    UK high street supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced that it will cease selling physical entertainment products online, with an eye to switching its internet retail experience to digital downloads. From March 2014, the store will not sell physical...

  • Blockbuster enters administration, placing 2,000 jobs at risk in UK
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    Blockbuster enters administration, placing 2,000 jobs at risk in UK

    By 11 November 2013

    Less than a week after Blockbuster US announced it would close all physical stores in the country, Blockbuster UK has gone into administration. Moorfields Corporate Recovery is the appointed administrator. Blockbuster in Britain is a subsidiary of US-based...

  • Blockbuster US to close remaining retail stores and DVD mail operation
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    Blockbuster US to close remaining retail stores and DVD mail operation

    By 6 November 2013

    It's the end of an era. Blockbuster - once a pioneer in the video rental space -  is to close its remaining retail stores in the US, as well as end its DVD by Mail operations in the country. Blockbuster's brand and video library will be retained by owner...

  • Game of Thrones piracy is a compliment, says HBO
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    Game of Thrones piracy is a compliment, says HBO

    By 2 April 2013

    Game of Thrones returned to UK screens on Monday night, US on Sunday, for its third season and so is bound to top Sky Atlantic's viewing charts for several weeks. It will also undoubtedly top another, less salubrious chart, aping former seasons' "honours"...

  • Best Buy CinemaNow Disc to Digital pictures and hands-on
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    Best Buy CinemaNow Disc to Digital pictures and hands-on

    By 14 January 2013

    One of Rovi's major announcements at CES in Las Vegas this year was that DivX Plus Streaming digital rights management has been approved for UltraViolet use. This allows several of Rovi's back-end entertainment delivery services to add UV compatibility,...

  • The changing face of movie special effects
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    The changing face of movie special effects

    By 25 May 2012

    According to George Lucas, special effects are "cool". A lot of directors rely on special effects to make things exciting on screen but how does adding new technology affect everyone else in the movie-making business? Florence Carter is a special effects...

  • No DVD playback for Windows 8
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    No DVD playback for Windows 8

    By 4 May 2012

    The only way to watch DVDs on Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, will be through purchasing Media Center or other third-party software. The absence of any native DVD player was announced on Microsoft’s official Building Windows 8 blog, which...

  • Universal 100 app brings movies to life thanks to Aurasma
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    Universal 100 app brings movies to life thanks to Aurasma

    By 23 April 2012

    Aurasma has teamed up with Universal Pictures to bring DVD and Blu-ray sleeves to life. The Universal 100 app uses Aurasma’s virtual reality technology to recreate scenes from some of the studio's most famous movies. Once downloaded you can point your...

  • Blockbuster launches 3-week exclusive rental incentive to combat streaming services
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    Blockbuster launches 3-week exclusive rental incentive to combat streaming services

    By 19 January 2012

    Blockbuster in the UK has launched a scheme to turn heads to physical media movie rentals and away from the streamed media offerings of the newly launched Netflix and Lovefilm. Called Exclusives, the range of films on offer have a 3-week window in which...

  • Tesco adds digital movies to your Blu-ray and DVD shopping trolley
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    Tesco adds digital movies to your Blu-ray and DVD shopping trolley

    By 1 December 2011

    Tesco has unveiled what it is describing as "a ground breaking innovation" and a "first for the industry" by combining a digital copy of a movie with certain DVD and Blu-ray purchases. And whilst we'd question the legitimacy of its lofty claims, as digital...

  • Full stream ahead for Netflix, as it launches Qwikster DVD service
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    Full stream ahead for Netflix, as it launches Qwikster DVD service

    By 19 September 2011

    It's all change for movie rental over in the US of A, with industry leader Netflix announcing a split in its distribution divisions, with the DVD-only service Qwikster being born out the ashes of a very unpopular new pricing plan. The seeds for the split...

  • DVD and CD ripping to become legal in UK - thanks to Hargreaves Report
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    DVD and CD ripping to become legal in UK - thanks to Hargreaves Report

    By 18 May 2011

    A review into the UK's copyright laws has been completed, and it proposes several changes that will bring the country more in line with the digital age. The report presented by Professor Ian Hargreaves was commissioned by the Prime Minister to address...

  • Lovefilm: It's all in the name
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    Lovefilm: It's all in the name

    By 7 March 2011

    It wasn't so long ago that renting a DVD meant traipsing down to Blockbuster only to find that the film you wanted was out of stock. Determined to watch something, you'd hastily choose an alternative, forget to return it on time and then get slapped...

  • Amazon buys Lovefilm
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    Amazon buys Lovefilm

    By 20 January 2011

    Amazon has acquired the remaining shares in DVD rental and movie streaming service Lovefilm International, effectively giving the online retail giant 100 per cent ownership. And while this is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory...

  • 100 fans of 24 meet Chloe O'Brian at box-set launch
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    100 fans of 24 meet Chloe O'Brian at box-set launch

    By 9 November 2010

    Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, who played CTU's finest computer whizz Chloe O'Brian in the hit Fox show 24, was on hand to meet fans of the series during the launch of the 8th season on Blu-ray and DVD. Specifically, she was there to highlight a new feature...

  • Digital dominates as vinyl, tape and film disappear from UK homes
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    Digital dominates as vinyl, tape and film disappear from UK homes

    By 24 September 2010

    New figures have just come out from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), that show that the number of web-enabled devices in the typical UK household has increased from just one a decade ago to approximately six today. And although this...

  • Blockbuster goes bust
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    Blockbuster goes bust

    By 23 September 2010

    DVD rental chain Blockbuster has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The loss-making brand has suffered in recent years at the hands of online rental firms such as Netflix - the US market leader. While this won't effect Blockbuster operations throughout...

  • Kaleidescape adds Blu-ray to its movie servers
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    Kaleidescape adds Blu-ray to its movie servers

    By 11 May 2010

    Kaleidescape has announced two players with Blu-ray capabilities for its media server setup - the M500 and the M300. The M500 allows you to import Blu-rays onto your media server as well as playback, the M300 is simply a playback machine. The M500 and...

  • FCC approves Hollywood move to block analogue outputs
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    FCC approves Hollywood move to block analogue outputs

    By 10 May 2010

    The FCC has approved a request by the Motion Picture Association of America that will allow film studios to block analogue video output on certain devices. The move comes after 2 years of lobbying by the MPAA. Outputs and ports will be blocked for up...

  • Burn Blu-rays onto recordable DVDs
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    Burn Blu-rays onto recordable DVDs

    By 27 April 2010

    The developers of x.264, the open source version of the h.264 hi-def video codec used by YouTube and many others, have taken the first step towards building a free Blu-ray creation toolkit. They've been able to make the codec compliant with Blu-ray video....

  • Toshiba 26DV615D television   review
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    Toshiba 26DV615D television review

    By 18 March 2010

    The idea behind pairing a LCD TV with a DVD player seems obvious, but for some reason it’s never caught on beyond the budget brands. And while Toshiba does tend to be most successful at the "value" end of the market, it’s the only major brand we know...

  • Avatar becomes fastest selling DVD ever at Play.com
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    Avatar becomes fastest selling DVD ever at Play.com

    By 17 March 2010

    Avatar has beaten off previous efforts from Mamma Mia and The Dark Knight to become Play.com’s biggest selling DVD ever. We brought you news of the box office spectacular Avatar going on pre-order on the 16 March, since then it has sold five times as...

  • Avatar goes on pre-order
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    Avatar goes on pre-order

    By 16 March 2010

    Avatar, the big 3D hit of 2009, has gone on pre-order meaning you can count down the days before its release and be safe in the knowledge that you'll have a copy winging its way to you. Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, Avatar will go on sale to the...

  • A Serious Man - DVD  review
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    A Serious Man - DVD review

    By 12 March 2010

    I’d always thought that ours was a generation of pussies, that next to our parents, we’re a bunch of indulged wasters, with the intellectual teat of the internet killing our sense of wanderlust, encouraging us to expect everything on a plate. Not...

  • The White Ribbon - DVD review
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    The White Ribbon - DVD review

    By 5 March 2010

    Having won his place in the hearts of countless suburban multiplex-goers with such joyous spectacles as Weekend At Bernie's 4: Suffer The Consequences and the more recent Harry Potter & The Ceaseless Pain Of Eternal Damnation, funny-guy movie director...