Home Entertainment -- continually threatening to put Movie Cartelout of Business

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by WinField, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. WinField

    WinField Guest

    from this link:

    ...(excerpt from article entitled)

    News from the High Definition Disc Front
    The battle rages

    by Dan Ramer
    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2005


    DVD Sales Head Toward Negative Growth

    I imagine that the studios are applying unseen and substantial pressures
    on the electronics manufacturers. In a recent report in The Economist,
    it becomes clear that the DVD growth rate that was feeding the Hollywood
    machine with billions of dollars is beginning to slow. The article
    reveals that 403 million DVDs were shipped to retailers in just the
    first quarter of 2005. This is 20% more than the previous year's first
    quarter but another research firm predicts overall growth for 2005 may
    be only 9%. This is a remarkable drop in growth compared to 2004 (100%)
    and 2003 (50%). But that merely indicates that the market has matured
    and the size of the installed base is flattening out. The income from
    DVD remains staggering. The Economist goes on to report that in “2004
    home entertainment supplied 20% of revenues at Walt Disney, 14% at News
    Corporation and 11% at Time Warner . . .”

    But as the market matures and collectors finish accumulating back
    catalog titles of interest, it's evitable that DVD sales will begin to
    shrink, leaving only new titles of recent releases as the studios' only
    significant source of home entertainment income. This is why high
    definition discs become so important; the studios want to sell their
    properties to us all over again.

    (Interesting digression . . . I've been asked a question by readers who
    collect older films in the 1.37:1 or 1.33:1 aspect ratios. They question
    whether it will be worthwhile to buy such program material in HD since
    the content isn't in widescreen. I've replied that when a 1.33:1 image
    is window-paned in 1080 HD, its dimensions in pixels would be 1434 wide
    by 1180 high. This is approximately 4.48 times more pixels than found on
    standard resolution DVD, so such content in high definition has the
    potential to look far more detailed and appear closer to film.)

    So to resell their titles to us in a bigger and better format, the
    studios are highly motivated to see high definition disc brought to
    market; it's another potential economic windfall from the home
    entertainment side of the balance sheet. You know . . . home
    entertainment. The technologies that, ever since the Betamax case,
    continually threaten to put the motion picture industry out of business.

    === end excerpt ===

    Ha! {winfield}
    WinField, Oct 2, 2005
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