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Video Business publishes last issue

By VB staff -- Video Business,01/06/2010

JAN. 6 | Video Business is ceasing publication this week, after 29 years of industry-leading coverage of the home entertainment business.

The Jan. 4 issue was the magazine’s last.

VB’s owner, Reed Business Information, is shuttering the magazine and its online operations, effective this week, as part of a larger, ongoing strategy to divest itself of most of its business-to-business publications in the U.S. The company also is closing MBT (Manufacturing Business Technology) and Industrial Distribution.

“I’m extremely proud of the role VB has played in the home entertainment industry, consistently breaking news, while providing important analysis and insight to our readers for almost three decades,” said Marcy Magiera, editor-in-chief and associate publisher. “Every staff member and regular contributor here is a first-class business journalist, and I will miss working with this smart, dedicated and caring group of people.”

VB readers can continue to get the latest home entertainment business and technology news at www.variety.com.

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Submitted by: ssss (snakemaster@youknow.com)
1/10/2010 9:50:24 PM PT
Occupation:GO INDIES!

Wow. Netflix and Redbox has killed VB Business magazine. Damn. If only they had done more stories their core audience wanted to read.

Pretty hard to sell ads about mailboxs and old coke machines.

Submitted by: James McCabe (jim@videovault.com)
1/9/2010 1:49:01 PM PT
Location:Alexandria, VA

What a dud. I just found out yesterday. I will certainly miss VB. Variety
just doesn't cut it for my needs. Good luck and sure hope to see another
publication take up the slack your closing has created.

Submitted by: Gary Messenger (uncone@aol.com)
1/8/2010 9:19:22 PM PT
Location:Durham, NC

VB and I started in the VidBiz about the same time. I also had the honor of working for VB and enjoyed every minute of my association. It is always sad when any Video Veteran exits the business and even more so when a publication such as VB leaves us. Goodbye and farewell my colleagues...goodbye...goodbye

Submitted by: Humberto Benitez
1/8/2010 8:35:17 PM PT
Location:Tijuana Mx
Occupation:Store owner since 1991

So sad !!!
As someone said: this was the only true lifeline for the few survivors of
this trade.
We'll miss all the good information you provided all these years.

Submitted by: Maverick Entertainment Group Staff (mm@maverickentertainment.cc)
1/8/2010 1:10:39 PM PT
Location:Deerfield Beach, FL

Marcy our best goes out to you and the staff and thank you for all the hard work you and your team have done over the years. We appreciate the dedication the magazine has shown to the industry. We will miss Video Business as our number one source of industry news.

Submitted by: Tom Ivison (tom@classicvideo.ca)
1/8/2010 1:44:01 AM PT
Location:Kingston, Canada

This is a terrible day for independent rentailers. VB has provided our store with invaluable information for many so years. Sorry to see you go. You'll be missed in so many ways. Here's hoping you may re-incarnate yourselves into a new publication! Cheers.

Submitted by: Kim D. Brown (naturalred64@hotmail.com)
1/7/2010 8:13:41 PM PT
Location:510 Broadway Street Cape Girardeau, MO. 63701
Occupation:Owner/ Cape Video

It is very sad news. I have been receiving VB since I have owned my store. It's a great publication, always informative. I will miss it alot!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You to every person involved & all the hard work that was & is put into such a fine publication.

Submitted by: Video Ray (riniquezjr@aol.com)
1/7/2010 4:33:29 PM PT
Location:Chicago/Elmwood Park
Occupation:Video and Comic Book Store

This is indeed sad, it is a shame that the online version can not stay on yet.. perhaps they will shortly decide to do the online version..but also besides variety isnt there home media magazine on line?
still very sad.
Dont forget FCBD2010 may 1st
more info @ www.freecomicbookday.com

Submitted by: Kent Gibbons/Multichannel News (kgibbons@reedbusiness.com)
1/7/2010 2:42:45 PM PT

It's been great working with you over the years. Best of luck to VB staffers.

Submitted by: David M Johnson (omtvideo@hotmail.com)
1/7/2010 2:08:04 PM PT
Location:Upstate New York
Occupation:Retired Store Owner

VB has been with me since I opened my first Video Store in 1994. Now Retired, VB Magazine was a great source of information and education when I first started out! Unfortunatly, there was not much left to the physical magazine in recent years...Very thin in content and pages.
Still I feel sad, like when I find out of yet another indie store closure nearby. This is more proof of an industry changed forever....Goodbye and Thank You! Like an old friend, you will surely be missed!

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