After launching its first on-demand set-top box, which uses 2Wire’s streaming video player to offer instant movie download though TV set; Blockbuster teams up with Sonic Solutions to expand its video library and digital download services though a variety of consumer electronics devices.
The Dark Knight sold 600,000 Blu-ray edition copies on release day, shattering previously held records for high definition disk sales. In all, The Dark Knight sold a total of three million copies, making Blu-ray sales just 20 percent of total sales numbers.
In hopes that the Batman summer blockbuster would generate unprecedented sales, Warner Home Video shipped one million Blu-ray copies for the release of the DVD. “In the first two days across those three territories, Blu-ray Disc sales are running between 25 percent and 30 percent of total (disc) sales, which is a massive number,” Warner's Ron Sanders told Home Media. "We had expected Blu-ray to account for a significant percentage of sales, but not quite this high, which speaks well for the format. It’s really catching on with consumers.”
The Dark Knight broke records set by the Robert Downey Jr. action hit, Iron Man. Iron Man only sold 500,000 Blu-ay disks within the first week. Studio executives were reportedly trying to push the high definition disks after reports stating that there were 147,000 new Blu-ray players being sold on Black Friday week alone. Warner Home Studio says that they may be able to sell one million Blu-ray disks by the weekend.
Nokia stole much of the limelight this week, with the announcement of the N97 touchscreen QWERTY smartphone. Set to take the crown as flagship N-series device when it hits the market next year, make sure to check out our video preview. Meanwhile, after a few relatively quiet weeks, netbooks and their desk-bound nettop cousins seized headlines, with the HP Mini 1000 getting integrated 3G, Sony's EVDO/HSPA-packing VAIO netbook peeking out courtesy of the FCC, and the first Qualcomm Snapdragon netbook showing its convertible tablet charms.
Has Blockbuster cut a few too many corners in order to meet its "in time for the holidays" OnDemand release promise? That's looking increasingly likely; Dave Zatz, one of the first to receive the 2Wire-made streamer, has been plagued with usability and performance problems, including lagging menus, patchy downloads and poor audio/video synchronization.
Blockbuster's OnDemand video streaming box was promised before the holidays, and Dave Zatz has just taken delivery of his. The 2Wire-made streamer offers access to over 2,100 titles, including movies and TV shows; first-impressions suggest it's a neat, if initially frustrating, option.
Blockbuster have announced their on-demand set-top box, the MediaPoint, using 2Wire's streaming video player. The MediaPoint box itself will be offered "free" to anyone who buys the $99 package "25 first-run movies, TV shows, foreign or classic films" in advance; individual titles cost $1.99 each after that.
Although just a rumor before, we can now confirm that Blockbuster will be building a set-top box that can stream movies to your TV in digital format. In fact, if all goes well, we can expect a release date sometime in the holiday season, which is swiftly approaching.
Blockbuster has begun small-scale trials of their online movie rental service, using the Movielink video-download technology the acquired last year. Starting this week, 500 beta testers have been invited to start using the service; the company will charge $2 per rental and $8 per full movie purchase.
The actual price would be somewhere between 1 and 1.3 billion dollars, but that’s still a lot of coin. Both companies are suffering, and both companies could probably use the boost that this would offer to each of them so it’s a wonder why Circuit City has been sitting on its hands with this offer since February 17th.
This was a long week with no major events occurring, but there were some pretty big announcements. For starters we have a new BitTorrent Set Top Box from Myka, no more will you have to waste power by leaving your entire computer running all night just to get the latest screener from FXG or aXXo, and this little set top box will do it for you and then play it right from its hard drive for added ease. Then there were rumors abound of Blockbuster potentially putting out a new Set Top Box to push their movies, TV Shows, and other content out to.