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The top news and charts for week ending September 21, 2009.

Top Stories

Katzenberg endorses 3D at home
SEPT. 17 | 3D ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT: Analyst: Consumers resistant to high premiums for 3D
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Sony joins others in growing same-day DVD/VOD releases
SEPT. 17 | DIGITAL: But studio is moving cautiously to avoid cannibalizing sales
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Warner offers Blu-ray revenue-sharing
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: Customers must sign up for studio's DVD program with Rentrak first
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Half-Blood Prince arrives Dec. 8 with friends
SEPT. 17 | PHYSICAL: Warner will release DVD, Blu-ray same day as Ultimate Editions of first two movies, others
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EMA awards digital leaders
EMA’s Mark Fisher (l.) presented Roku’s Jim Funk with the Innovation “Digi” Award at the Digital Media Pipeline conference, which took place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 16. Click for more photos
Market Data

STATE OF PLAY leads Top DVD Renters Chart
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CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE leads Top DVD Sellers Chart
Full Top DVD Sellers Chart

CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE leads Top Blu-ray Sellers Chart
Full Top Blu-ray Sellers Chart

CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE leads Top Blu-ray Renters Chart
Full Top Blu-ray Renters Chart

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Crank 2: High Voltage was the No. 1 DVD seller.



Blogs

Marcy Magiera

BETWEEN THE LINES by Marcy Magiera

Seeing potential in 3D

For an indication of 3Ds potential to reinvigorate the home entertainment market, look no further than the effect it has had on the American box office.
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BLU STATE by Susanne Ault

$199 Wii speculation heats upstealing PS3 thunder?

It looks like Nintendo is prepared to cut the Wii price by $50 to $199if early K-Mart ad scans are to be believed.
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Samantha Clark

DISC DISH by Samantha Clark

25 Films By Akira Kurosawa DVD

Now this is a mega collection. Criterion Collection will deliver a box for true Akira Kurosawa fans on Dec. 8.
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DVDIALOG by Laurence Lerman

Larry Gelbart, 1928-2009

A funny, sophisticated, caustic-as-all-hell writer, Larry Gelbart died this week at the age of 81.
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THE DOWN LOW by Jennifer Netherby

Microsoft, Tesco partner on DVD digital copies adding new types of bonus features

U.K. mega chain Tesco announced a partnership with Microsoft to use its Silverlight video platform to deliver digital copies of movies to consumers who buy the DVDs of the films in Tesco stores.
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Retail News

Blockbuster doubles secured notes offering
SEPT. 17 | PHYSICAL: Retailer will use proceeds to pay off existing debt
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Netflix revenue-sharing accounts for half of rentals
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: Company's CFO praises Blockbuster's store closure strategy
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Blockbuster Express kiosks added to Publix stores
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: Several hundred machines deployed in the southeast
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Blockbuster's rights to sell online in Tenn. upheld
SEPT. 15 | DIGITAL: Judge denies suing franchisee's motion to cut regional 'Access,' 'On Demand' sales
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Blockbuster plans more store closures
SEPT. 15 | PHYSICAL: Retailer to shutter as many as 960 locations by end of 2010
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Best Buy's profit falls on videogames, DVDs
SEPT. 15 | PHYSICAL: Retailer boosts annual forecast on market-share gains
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Redbox included in NHRA, Walmart promotion
SEPT. 14 | PHYSICAL: Drag racer's autograph cards will include free rentals
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Blockbuster, Redbox parent try to sell debt
SEPT. 14 | PHYSICAL: Companies look to raise $515 million, indicating credit-market loosening
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Netflix expands digital inventory by about 40%
SEPT. 14 | DIGITAL: Company estimates video-streaming titles at 17,000
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Studio/Supplier News

Image gets second delisting notice
SEPT. 18 | PHYSICAL: Company's low share price puts it in danger of falling off Nasdaq Global exchange
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Taggers design Fight Club Blu-ray box art
SEPT. 18 | PHYSICAL: Fox packaging reflects film's anti-establishment themes
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Katzenberg offers Hollywood a challenge
SEPT. 17 | FROM VARIETY: DreamWorks Animation guru delivers keynote
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Variety interviews Jeffrey Katzenberg
SEPT. 17 | FROM VARIETY: DWA topper expands on his 3D Summit comments
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Sony joins others in growing same-day DVD/VOD releases
SEPT. 17 | DIGITAL: But studio is moving cautiously to avoid cannibalizing sales
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Half-Blood Prince arrives Dec. 8 with friends
SEPT. 17 | PHYSICAL: Warner will release DVD, Blu-ray same day as Ultimate Editions of first two movies, others
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Crank 2: High Voltage tops DVD, Blu-ray sales
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: State of Play still No. 1 in DVD rentals
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Dauman: Paramount benefits from Redbox
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: Viacom chief also touts Q4 DVD releases, plans on games subscriptions
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Warner offers Blu-ray revenue-sharing
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: Customers must sign up for studio's DVD program with Rentrak first
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Wolverine to feature phone camera promo
SEPT. 15 | PHYSICAL: Twitter users can access exclusive video with barcode pictures
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Murdoch considers pay options for Hulu
SEPT. 15 | DIGITAL: UPDATE--News Corp. chief questions Redbox model; Disney more conciliatory
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Paramount releases Tahoe on DVD only for rental
SEPT. 15 | PHYSICAL: Studio's staggered strategy expanded to non-Blu-ray title
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More home video deals for TWC
SEPT. 15 | FROM VARIETY: Weinsteins on lookout for more distributors
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HBO unveils Bored To Death on various platforms
SEPT. 15 | FROM MCN: Pilot available on-demand prior to Sept. 20 debut on premium network
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Disney promotes 3D at consumer show
SEPT. 14 | PHYSICAL: Studio showed A Christmas Carol on Blu-ray with Panasonic components
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I Can Do Bad tops weekend box office
SEPT. 14 | VARIETY BOX-OFFICE REPORT: Tyler Perry pic nabs $24 million
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Vivendi to take over Genius distribution
SEPT. 13 | PHYSICAL: Deal creates indie force with 3,000-plus titles
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High-Def News

Taggers design Fight Club Blu-ray box art
SEPT. 18 | PHYSICAL: Fox packaging reflects film's anti-establishment themes
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Half-Blood Prince arrives Dec. 8 with friends
SEPT. 17 | PHYSICAL: Warner will release DVD, Blu-ray same day as Ultimate Editions of first two movies, others
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Crank 2: High Voltage tops DVD, Blu-ray sales
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: State of Play still No. 1 in DVD rentals
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Warner offers Blu-ray revenue-sharing
SEPT. 16 | PHYSICAL: Customers must sign up for studio's DVD program with Rentrak first
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CEDIA: NAD adds Wi-Fi Blu-ray players
SEPT. 14 | FROM TWICE: Networked models will include embedded 1GB of flash memory
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CEDIA: Sharp unveils next-gen Blu-ray player
SEPT. 14 | FROM TWICE: Model has BD Live 2.0 capability, can stream online video
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Videogames News

Wii price drop to hit this month
SEPT. 18 | PHYSICAL: Best Buy will advertise the Nintendo Wii at a reduced $199 price in its Sunday, Sept. 27, newspaper circular, according to a copy of the ad obtained by Video Business.
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VOD News

Sony joins others in growing same-day DVD/VOD releases
SEPT. 17 | DIGITAL: But studio is moving cautiously to avoid cannibalizing sales
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ZillionTV delays launch, plans direct to consumer test
SEPT. 17 | FROM MCN: Studio-backed startup also looking to embed service in 'Net-connected CE devices
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Microsoft rolls out Zune HD TV show downloads
SEPT. 16 | DIGITAL: First phase of video service allows content shown on different screens
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Apple, Xbox dominate digital delivery
SEPT. 15 | DIGITAL: Market will grow to $2 billion in 2013, Screen Digest says
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Analysts: Internet delivery growing faster than revenue
SEPT. 15 | DIGITAL: Economic models still in flux
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Murdoch considers pay options for Hulu
SEPT. 15 | DIGITAL: UPDATE--News Corp. chief questions Redbox model; Disney more conciliatory
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Hoping to reverse the online video (cash) flow
SEPT. 15 | FROM B&C: Studios, networks experiment with moving Web video in the opposite direction
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HBO unveils Bored To Death on various platforms
SEPT. 15 | FROM MCN: Pilot available on-demand prior to Sept. 20 debut on premium network
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One model, lower price for Apple TV
SEPT. 14 | PHYSICAL: Company quietly drops 40GB version
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Netflix expands digital inventory by about 40%
SEPT. 14 | DIGITAL: Company estimates video-streaming titles at 17,000
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Technology News

Katzenberg offers Hollywood a challenge
SEPT. 17 | FROM VARIETY: DreamWorks Animation guru delivers keynote
Click for the full story

Variety interviews Jeffrey Katzenberg
SEPT. 17 | FROM VARIETY: DWA topper expands on his 3D Summit comments
Click for the full story

Katzenberg endorses 3D at home
SEPT. 17 | 3D ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT: Analyst: Consumers resistant to high premiums for 3D
Click for the full story

Microsoft rolls out Zune HD TV show downloads
SEPT. 16 | DIGITAL: First phase of video service allows content shown on different screens
Click for the full story

One model, lower price for Apple TV
SEPT. 14 | PHYSICAL: Company quietly drops 40GB version
Click for the full story

Disney promotes 3D at consumer show
SEPT. 14 | PHYSICAL: Studio showed A Christmas Carol on Blu-ray with Panasonic components
Click for the full story

A different way of watching DVDs in Japan
SEPT. 14 | FROM VARIETY: Distributor develops a pay-as-you-watch model
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