Audio News for October 20, 2009

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UK’s Channel 4 Makes Complete Shows Available on YouTube – in a pioneering deal, Britain’s Channel 4 has agreed to make content from its 4OD service available free at You Tube, offering full-length TV programs as soon as they have been aired on TV. Both parties will split advertising revenues generated at the site. You Tube says it is very excited about the partnership – the first time anywhere in the world that a broadcaster makes their full-length programming available in the catch-up window online, directly after broadcast, plus a substantial amount of archive full-length programming.

Blue-ray Disc Sales Up 83% for This Year
– The Digital Entertainment Group has released third quarter U.S. sales figures for the home entertainment industry. While consumer spending for pre-recorded entertainment was off slightly at 3.2% compared to the same period in 2008, Blu-ray disc software sales showed dramatic growth with overall sales up 83% for the year and playback devices in 11.7 million U.S. households. Consumer transactions for all home entertainment products were up 6.6% for the third quarter compared to the same period last year. Digital distribution was up 18% for the quarter and rental spending was up 9.9%, with Blu-ray rental spending up 44.5%. Blu-ray now accounts for 12% of all theatrical new release sales for the third quarter. The year’s best-selling Blu-ray titles were X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Watchmen.

More than 17 million Blu-ray discs were shipped to retail in the third quarter, an increase of over 35% from the same period last year. Blu-ray playback devices sold 3.3 million units in the first three quarters of 2009, an increase of 13%. Approximately 80% of the Blu-ray devices are BD-Live capable. According to the DEG figures, approximately four million HDTVs were sold to consumers in the third quarter of 2009 and nearly 12 million sold in all three quarters.  Household penetration of HDTVs in the US. is now nearly 45 millions, representing almost 40% of all U.S. households.  And approximately 29% of all HDTV owners have more than a single set.  The number of DVD households tops 92 million, with some 4.6 million DVD players sold to consumers in the third quarter of this year.

Sony PlayStation Faults in UK and Australia
– Reports are coming in from both countries about what has been termed the “yellow light of death” – which forces the Blu-ray-playing consoles to shut down immediately after booting up. It has been compared to a similar problem in the past with Microsoft’s XBox, which was then called the “red ring of death.”  BBC’s Watchdog program aired a report claiming that Sony refused to fix systems suffering from the problem, or wanted $300 to make the repair, even on new machines under warranty. Sony attacked the BBC with a long letter defending their position and saying the report was based on a misunderstanding and a very tiny percentage of  actual problems.  The Sony PlayStation 3 recently had a price cut of $100 in the U.S and is now outselling Nintendo’s Wii console for the first time.

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