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Originally Posted by electricloseyland @HDD View Post

Kosty, I find the first chart in your last post (the cumulative BD revenues) particularly interesting. The 2011-2012 growth is demolishing the 2010-2011 growth so far, and is even beating the 2008-2009 gap. 2009-2010 is still king, but this year so far isn't too shabby.

I remember some assertions last year that growth was slowing and BD was peaking. This year's numbers suggest BD is regaining traction. Let's see if it continues.

Yeah I see that too.

The other shadow chart below also pretty much shows that the Blu-ray is obviously not peaking yet.

The 2009 to 2010 and the 2010 to 2011 differences also had a 2010 Twilight Saga movie in the 1Q 2010 period.'

The releases make a big differences for both DVD and Blu-ray in the year to year comparisons and so far this year its so far so good. Long way to go until the end of the year though.






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Blu-ray Sales: Tintin Finds First Spot

The Adventures of Tintin led all new releases and took top spot on the Blu-ray sales chart. It sold 504,000 units and generated $11.09 million in opening week sales. This represents an opening Blu-ray share of very nearly 50%, which is an excellent start for a kids film.

The Descendants opened in second place with 310,000 units / $6.20 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 32%, which is good for a drama and just a little bit below the format's average.

Happy Feet Two only managed third place with 270,000 units / $8.11 million, giving it a Blu-ray share of just 23%. It was a kids film, but a 3-D animated one, so it should have done better than this.

Immortals fell from first to fourth with 204,000 units / $5.72 million for the week and 978,000 units / $23.52 million after two.


The Three Musketeers grabbed the final spot in the top five with 184,000 units / $4.59 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 53%, which normally would be a reason to celebrate, but its home market numbers are so low that this is not enough.

My Week with Marilyn debuted in eighth place with 85,000 units / $1.70 million. For a limited release, an opening week Blu-ray share of 29% is better than expected.

Young Adult could place no better than 16th place with 29,000 units / $669,000. Given its genre and its limited release, an opening week Blu-ray share of 23% is acceptable.

Overall Blu-ray market was strong compared to last year, but weak compared to last week and when compared to DVD sales. This is not too surprising, as the almost none the new releases were aimed at the prime demographic for Blu-ray.

Compared to last week, the format was down by 7% in terms of units and 15% in terms of dollars.

Compared to last year, growth was meteoric with Blu-rays up 99% in terms of units and 131% in terms of dollars.

DVD sales grew significantly compared to last week and last year, although the growth from last year was a lot thinner than Blu-ray growth was. This left the overall Blu-ray share at 33% in terms of units and 44% in terms of dollars.



The winter blockbusters are trickling out, so Blu-ray sales should continue to be strong.

Next week, The Muppets should get a boost thanks to nostalgia, while both The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy should draw in the more mature target demographic. This week last year, the best selling DVD was Yogi Bear while the best selling Blu-ray was The Tourist, neither of which were big sellers.

We should again see strong growth year-over-year.


- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2012-03-28

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The Adventures of Tintin
The Descendants
Happy Feet Two
Immortals
The Three Musketeers 3D
My Week with Marilyn
Young Adult

http://www.the-numbers.com/interacti...hp?newsID=7147



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DVD Sales: Happy Feet's Debut Puts a Smile on Your Face

Like last week, new releases dominated the DVD sales chart this week with three new releases topping the chart. The best of the best was Happy Feet Two with 896,000 units / $13.43 million during its first week on the home market. The film struggled at the box office, so this start on the home market is better than expected.

The Descendants opened in second place with 655,000 units / $9.82 million, which is good for a film aimed at a more mature target demographic.

The Adventures of Tintin was right behind with 505,000 units / $7.82 million. Hopefully it did better on Blu-ray.

Puss in Boots rose to fourth place with 224,000 units / $4.35 million for the week giving it totals of 2.21 million / $37.09 million after a month of release.

Immortals fell from first to fifth with 222,000 units / $3.75 million, while its running tallies rose to 764,000 units / $13.03 million.

My Week with Marilyn just missed the top five with 207,000 units / $3.11 million. This is an excellent beginning for a limited release.

On the other hand, The Three Musketeers only managed ninth place with 165,000 units / $2.71 million. Then again, it bombed hard in theaters, so this result is not surprising.

The final new release to chart was Young Adult, which landed in 98,000 units / $1.77 million during its first week on the home market. This isn't bad for a limited release, but I had higher expectations.


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Date posted: 2012-03-27

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Happy Feet Two
The Descendants
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Immortals
My Week with Marilyn
The Three Musketeers 3D
Young Adult

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Week Ending 03/24/12


Blu-ray Unit Marketshares

54.57% Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
52.49% The Muppets (Disney)
50.42% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
38.19% The Sitter
36.41% Hop

42.96% Blu-ray Top 20 Sellers Unit Marketshare




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'The Muppets' Scores With Sales; ‘Tattoo’ Tops Rentals

28 Mar, 2012
By: Thomas K. Arnold


The Muppets

Walt Disney Studios topped the national home video sales charts the week ended March 25 with The Muppets, a family film that grossed $88.6 million in theaters and generated a surprising 52% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc.

The Muppets debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. The film also debuted at No. 4 on Home Media Magazine’s weekly video rental chart, behind Sony Pictures’ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at No. 1, Universal Studios’ Tower Heist, fresh off its 28-day kiosk moratorium, at No. 2, and the Sony Pictures comedy Jack and Jill at No. 3.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which took in $102.5 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 2 on both sales charts, moving 78% as many units as The Muppets, Nielsen data shows.

Bowing at No. 3, also on both sales charts, was Universal’s Hop, an Easter film that grossed $108.1 million at the box office.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo generated 55% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, while for Hop the tally was 36%.

Warner’s Happy Feet Two, the No. 1 seller the previous week, dropped to No. 6 on First Alert, behind Paramount’s The Adventures at Tintin at No. 4 (down from No. 2) and 20th Century Fox’s newly released comedy The Sitter ($30.4 million box office) at No. 5.

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Top 20 Sellers for the Week Ended 03/25/12

Top 20 Rentals for the Week Ended 03/25/12

Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for the Week Ended 03/25/12

Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for the Week Ended 03/25/12



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Pretty high Blu-ray Unit Marketshare for two radically different genres with both the new suspense thrillers and the new family title The Muppets selling more than half of their units on Blu-ray.

Not bad for the comedy The Sitter or the Friday release of Hop either.



54.57% Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
52.49% The Muppets (Disney)
50.42% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
38.19% The Sitter
36.41% Hop

42.96% Blu-ray Top 20 Sellers Unit Marketshare






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Looks like a pretty good chance the better TBO this week is going to help out Blu-ray just looking at the pretty good Blu-ray unit marketshares and the Top 20 Index numbers of the first three leading titles.

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Pretty high Blu-ray Unit Marketshare for two radically different genres with both the new suspense thrillers and the new family title The Muppets selling more than half of their units on Blu-ray.

Not bad for the comedy The Sitter or the Friday release of Hop either.



54.57% Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
52.49% The Muppets (Disney)
50.42% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
38.19% The Sitter
36.41% Hop

42.96% Blu-ray Top 20 Sellers Unit Marketshare






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Here is the merchandising report for WE 3/25/11.

I'm not seeing anything there to give any clue to why The Muppets would have so high a 53% Blu-ray unit marketshare as reported by Nielsen Videoscan.

I assume it had a normal Disney coupon offer (article mentions $5) but that would be nothing new. Those are still $23 low end Blu-ray priced skus on sale and a lot of the Blu-ray or combo skus were priced much higher than that at major retailers.

The Blu-ray marketshare for The Muppets was seen as unexpectedly high. What caused that this week?

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Lunch With 'The Muppets' (WE 03/25/12)

20 Mar, 2012
By: John Latchem


Anyone who has wanted to have lunch with the Muppets should head down to Best Buy, which is offering an exclusive lunch box with copies of the Blu-ray combo pack of The Muppets.

The included combo pack is the Wocka Wocka version with the film’s soundtrack for digital download, making the $27.99 in-store price cheaper than the $34.99 online price for the standalone version of the same combo pack, which isn’t offered in many stores. Best Buy further offers a $5 coupon from Disney at MuppetsCoupon.com/BestBuy, applicable toward the Wocka Wocka Blu-ray (and the lunch box).

Best Buy also has a free 7-inch bunny minion plush with purchase of Universal’s Hop Blu-ray, released on March 23.

Target offered a $5 savings with joint purchase of exclusive editions of both Hop and Despicable Me. Target’s Hop Blu-ray comes with wearable bunny ears.

For The Muppets, Target offered a six-episode “Muppet Show” sampler DVD with the Blu-ray of the new movie.

At Walmart, customers could get a set of four Muppets finger puppets with purchase of the Muppets Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (the verison without the digital soundtrack).


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Complete Historical Trend Slide Set as online PDF Week Ending 03/17/12

Complete Nielsen Videoscan Weekly Sales Report Slide Set as online PDF Week 03/25/12


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A set of graphs showing Blu-ray unit sales trends has now been added to the weekly slide set.

It matches the ongoing Blu-ray revenue slide set and it includes unit sales estimates for Blu-ray for each week since 2008 and has a long term slide which includes data since Oct 2006 as well.

Black and red is the basic color scheme with the axis and unit label highlighted in red to avoid confusion with the Blu-ray revenue charts which are predominately shaded in blue.



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Some bullish comments on physical media from a Fox executive.


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“Obviously it’s popular to talk about the ‘decline of physical media’ but even with the last four years of recession which have put a dent in the purchase model where maybe units did decline on DVD faster than perhaps Blu-ray could have compensated for,”

“[However] particularly in the US starting mid year 2011 the market began to stabilise and what you’re now beginning to see in the start of 2012 is growth in the physical market”

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Blu-ray 'not remotely' dead says 20th Century Fox top Exec

Updated 17:34 28 Mar 2012 by Thomas Tamblyn

In Danny Kaye's eyes the 'perfect storm' of 2011 is over for Blu-ray and physical media, with the market levelling out he believes the future is bright for the format

According to Twentieth Century Fox Executive Vice President of Global Research & Technology Danny Kaye, Blu-ray and other physical media has a long way to go before it’s written off by the likes of Netflix and LOVEFiLM Instant.


Despite the growth of these services Kaye is confident that physical media is still one of the best routes to go for arguing that the fluid nature of the internet means governance over content is much lower.

“We can govern the quality of Blu-ray, we can govern the quality of DVD for example, but even Netflix or say LOVEFiLM for example, can’t govern the quality of their service delivery because it then depends on someone else [Internet Service Provider]”

Talking about the dip in physical media Kaye points out that there were a culmination of factors to blame, most prominent of which included the boom of streaming services.

“It was the perfect storm you know right? When the recession started perhaps it hit harder and earlier in the US and then started spreading elsewhere.”

“It was the same time that you had a number of alternative channels of distribution begin to evolve and the consumer said, ‘Wow that’s pretty convenient, they’re cheaper, in some cases they’re really convenient and that’s the way I’m going to go.’”

Despite these more 'convenient' alternatives Kaye believes strongly that any such dip in physical media was a natural reaction and has since ended, he further backs this up with the news that for Fox physical media is still growing.

“Obviously it’s popular to talk about the ‘decline of physical media’ but even with the last four years of recession which have put a dent in the purchase model where maybe units did decline on DVD faster than perhaps Blu-ray could have compensated for,”

“[However] particularly in the US starting mid year 2011 the market began to stabilise and what you’re now beginning to see in the start of 2012 is growth in the physical market”


http://www.t3.com/news/blu-ray-and-d...-vp-danny-kaye

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Blu-ray not dead, says Twentieth Century Fox executive

Published Thursday, Mar 29 2012, 12:48pm EDT | By Mark Langshaw | 30 comments


Twentieth Century Fox's executive vice president of global research & technology has said that Blu-ray and physical media will not be phased out by digital any time soon.

Danny Kaye told T3 that services such as Netflix and LOVEFiLM cannot guarantee the same level of viewing quality as Blu-ray.

"We can govern the quality of Blu-ray, we can govern the quality of DVD for example, but even Netflix or say LOVEFiLM for example, can't govern the quality of their service delivery because it then depends on someone else [Internet Service Provider]," he said.

However, Kaye did attribute the downturn of physical media sales to the growing popularity of streaming services, among other factors.

"It was the perfect storm you know, right? When the recession started perhaps it hit harder and earlier in the US and then started spreading elsewhere," he added.

"It was the same time that you had a number of alternative channels of distribution begin to evolve and the consumer said, 'Wow that's pretty convenient, they're cheaper, in some cases they're really convenient and that's the way I'm going to go'."

The executive pointed out that Fox's physical sales began to pick up around mid-2011, and predicted that there will be "growth" in the sector during 2012.

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There have been other observations that West Coast California Best Buys have moved packaged media to the back of the store as well.

That's not the case of the East Coast Atlantic region though as packaged media is still in the center of the center isles in the modern store floor maps.

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Best Buy Redesign a Bad Idea

29 Mar, 2012
By: Thomas K. Arnold


It’s sad for me to hear Best Buy is in trouble. The consumer electronics chain, which played a key role in getting DVD off the ground back in the late 1990s, has seen a significant decline in same-store sales and says it will close 50 big-box stores this year. The culprit, the chain says, is that more and more customers are using its stores as a showroom to check out new products and then buying them, for less, online.

Not me. For the past decade, every computer, every iPad, every iPod, every printer, every printer ink cartridge and every TV I’ve purchased has been bought at Best Buy. I figure I spent upwards of $10,000 on electronic gadgets from Best Buy throughout the past decade, and nothing I’ve bought there ever disappointed me.

One reason I keep going back to Best Buy is the prices are competitive. The other is that I liked the look of the stores.
I have my own ideas as to why Best Buy is floundering, and they’re not the same ones CEO Brian Dunn cited in an analysts call.

For starters, I don’t like the new store layouts the chain has been rolling out. The old footprint was inviting and friendly; the new look appears cluttered and too focused on products like the iPad and mobile phones that, quite frankly, I can get elsewhere.

Putting entertainment software – Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and CDs – in the back also wasn’t a smart move. A big chunk of the packaged media business comes from impulse buys, which is why Target, for example, is now selling discs at endcaps near the checkout lanes.

Best Buy has a great assortment of packaged media, but you wouldn’t know it. It’s tucked all the way in the back. Out of sight, out of mind. Furthermore, as I understand it, the department has been outsourced, so the personal care and attention given to product choice, merchandising and display under the Joe Pagano/Gary Arnold eras is conspicuously absent.

Walmart’s embrace of UltraViolet underscores the mass merchant’s commitment to packaged media, which it always has recognized as a traffic driver. I can’t fathom why Best Buy isn’t taking the same approach. When packaged media sales started declining, Walmart did something about it. Best Buy’s tactic appears to be moving discs into the back, as though they’re being punished for something.

Customer service also has suffered. Don’t get me wrong – Best Buy associates still are helpful and generally well-mannered. The problem is, you can never find one – and there’s not much cross-departmental training so that if, for example, you approach the computer clerk with a question about TVs, he won’t be of much use. Associates should be trained about the entire product mix, and then rotated from time to time so that they can learn more about every product line Best Buy carries, instead of being stuck in one department.

I say this in the best spirit of constructive criticism. I’m a loyal Best Buy shopper, and I want to do what I can to make sure it stays afloat.


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I thought this article was quirky interesting talking about 2012 box office.


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Posted: Sat., Mar. 31, 2012, 4:00am PT

Popcorn beats 3D for exhibs
Plexes pile on concessions menu
By JOSEPH LISANTI


While raising attendance, ticket prices and premiums on 3D pics can help exhibs grow profits, their greatest hope may lie in concessions.

It's shaping up to be a pretty decent year for movie exhibs, according to a new study from Fitch Ratings. Attendance should grow in the low single digits, mainly because of a better slate of tentpole pics in 2012, says the ratings agency. And although the report projects that price increases will contribute to modest growth, the effects of 3D on the box office are likely to be more muted than they were last year as auds become choosier about the movies they're willing pay a premium for.

Concessions provide a large part of theater owners' profits because they carry profit margins of 85% to 90%. Small wonder that exhibs are stressing this area.

The two biggest chains, Regal and AMC, are offering an expanded list of premium items in an attempt to boost concession sales. And more locations are experimenting with alcoholic beverages and made-to-order hot food.

Concessions also happen to be an area where exhibs can exercise control. After all, they can't prevent the competition for eyeballs from VOD and DVDs. Nor can stop the studios from making turkeys. But they can determine the quality and price of their food and beverages.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118052096

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Historical DEG Home Entertainment Revenue Trends


EDIT: Data updated with additional information a couple posts below.

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I finally figured out a way to graph out the end of year 2011 data from DEG since they switched over to combing DVD+Blu-ray sell through revenues and DVD+Blu-ray rental revenues together instead of giving us the combined DVD or combined Blu-ray figures for sell through and rental by each format.

I used the 2011 report for the 2010 data. The last two years are now combined physical OD sell through in green and combined physical OD rentals in purple along with the same orange for Digital/VOD as before.







http://www.dvdinformation.com/pressr...r_end_2011.pdf

http://www.dvdinformation.com/pressr...DING_CHART.pdf

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After I posted the above chart it was pointed out to me that I do have the revised historical DEG/Rentrak data to give the physical rental to sell through split back to 2007. I'll revise the chart as soon as I can with that new data.

Rentrak Physical

Year Rental Sell Through Total

2007 $7.20 $12.90 $20.60
2008 $6.90 $12.40 $19.30
2009 $6.50 $10.90 $17.40
2010 $6.20 $10.00 $16.20

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Historical DEG Home Entertainment Revenue Trends



I finally figured out a way to graph out the end of year 2011 data from DEG since they switched over to combing DVD+Blu-ray sell through revenues and DVD+Blu-ray rental revenues together instead of giving us the combined DVD or combined Blu-ray figures for sell through and rental by each format.

I used the 2011 report for the 2010 data. The last two years are now combined physical OD sell through in green and combined physical OD rentals in purple along with the same orange for Digital/VOD as before.

2007-2009 data split between rental and sell through is from previously published Rentrak data.

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Different sort of the data highlighting digital revenue growth partially compensating for the physical sell through revenue decline.

Plus it shows that the decline in physical rental revenues from brick and mortar storefronts to cheaper kiosk and Netflix subscriptions has also affected physical revenues as well.








This is my best guess based on the data I have now for splitting out DVD and Blu-ray for 2010 and 2011.
























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New Offer The YouTube Collection on DVD New April 1st 2011 offer (Note the Date)


Speaks for itself.

http://www.youtube.com/TheYouTubeCollection



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Complete with options for shipping by Shipping Trucks Freight Vessel or Postal Service (please anticipated extended delivery times).

Formats include DVD, Videocassette, Laser Disc and Betamax Tape.

Interactive ordering is actually working.


Example quote:

Kittens and Puppies is 22,042 discs at a cost of $109,989

+ Shipping and Handling: Shipping Trucks = $59,302

....but you get a Crate of complimentary gift wrapping paper ($0)


Total $169,291




The video is hilarious.

http://www.youtube.com/TheYouTubeCollection














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Note quite as great as the BBC's 1st April 1957 Spaghetti Harvest video but still pretty good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=l7yJ8C5TbeY

Panorama - April Fool's Day Hoax - Spaghetti Harvest - 1st April 1957 - YouTube




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On April 1, 1957 the British television programme Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil. The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the shows highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, For those who love this dish, theres nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.

To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fools Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fools Day hoax.

Since 1955 Panorama had been anchored by Richard Dimbleby, whose authoritative, commanding presence had made him one of the most revered public figures in Britain. If Dimbleby said it, people trusted that it was true. Which is one of the reasons why the spaghetti harvest hoax fooled so many viewers. His participation lent the hoax an air of unimpeachable authority.

Almost no one else at the BBC knew about it. The segment was not mentioned at all in the pre-transmission publicity handouts.

The line-up for that days show included a long segment about Archbishop Makarios, leader of the Greek Cypriots, and a clip of the Duke of Edinburgh attending the premiere of the war film The Yangtse Incident.

The second-to-last segment was about a wine-tasting contest, and then it came time for the spaghetti harvest.

Dimbleby, sitting on the set of Panorama, looked into the camera and without a trace of a smile said: And now from wine to food. We end Panorama tonight with a special report from the Swiss Alps.

The screen cut away to the prepared footage. When it was all over, Dimbleby reappeared and said, Now we say goodnight, on this first day of April. He emphasized the final phrase.

Panorama never attempted another April Fools Day spoof, despite numerous calls for a sequel. However, the hoax did inspire a number of similar stunts in its honour.

This film footage is from the Archive Collection held and administered by the Alexandra Palace Television Society.

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Digital/VOD really picked up mostly from the rise of Netflix streaming in the last couple years with Vudu Hulu Amazon adding on. UltraViolet in the near future will contribute a lot more.

You can see the preexisting base of cable/sat VOD and hotel PPV sales in that Digital/VOD category there in the 1997-2006 base of sales revenues for it and then you can see the rapid increase since 2007 as Netflix streaming and the Internet started taking off.

Still its not on the same scale as physical media sell through and rental revenues yet and the studios and retailers gain less from it than OD sell through as only the EST portion of it is really high margin like DVD and Blu-ray sell thorugh.

Here's a chart of it Digital/VOD isolated first on the same scale as Blu-ray and DVD sell through and rental and then scaled by itself.
















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