A few different studios have experimented with ways to make ‘deep cut’ catalog films available to consumers on a limited basis. The model for such a plan has to be Warner Archive, which creates made-to-order DVDs from an ever-expanding catalog of newly mastered transfers.

Amazon has sold Warner Archive discs in the past, and has also been part of MGM’s initiative to offer similar products. Now Amazon is really diving into the manufacture on demand (MOD) DVD market, with the new ‘Never Before on DVD’ store.

The digital store is adding content to offer more than 2,000 titles from studios including Disney, Sony, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Universal, and Fox. Among the Fox offerings are titles from MGM. All discs are created on DV-R based on consumer orders. Not all the titles are new to Amazon, or new to MOD, but Amazon is adding more titles, and organizing them in a new specific way. Read More »


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There was a time not too long ago when “streaming video” was practically synonymous with “Netflix,” but right now, the market is only getting more crowded. Even as Redbox and Verizon team up to launch their own streaming service, Amazon.com Inc. is getting ready to jump into the fray as well. The online retailer is said to be on the verge of announcing a Web video deal with Viacom Inc., in one of the final steps toward lauching a standalone streaming service.

Currently, Amazon offers downloading and rental services a la Apple’s iTunes to all its customers. However, its all-you-can-watch instant streaming service is only available as part of its Amazon Prime program, which costs $79 a year and includes free two-day shipping on Amazon.com purchases. More details after the jump.

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Every few weeks we’re hit with trend pieces and editorial rants about the shifting habits of the average American movie watcher. But anyone can form an opinion or cobble together a theory — how do the numbers actually pan out? A pair of new reports have been released that confirm some expected patterns with some cold, hard figures. Americans are indeed spending more on home entertainment, for the first time since the recession took hold in 2008. Meanwhile, the average movie ticket price has fallen as summer’s 3D tentpoles make way for fall’s more adult-driven fare. More details after the jump.

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After taking a public pounding thanks to its recently announced updates to pricing and subscription models, Netflix finally has a bit of good news to announce. The company has just signed a huge deal with DreamWorks which will bring the studio’s films and TV specials to Netflix’s streaming service.

The accord comes not a moment too soon, as competitor Amazon makes its own big reveal today — a pact to bring 2,000 20th Century Fox films and television episodes to its own instant video service. The clear winner in all of this, however, is streaming, which continues to grow in importance within the home video market. Read more after the jump.

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Amazon Instant Video Service Launches For Prime Members

Rumors of Amazon’s streaming service have been circulating for several months now, and a few weeks ago, we reported that an eagle-eyed Engadget reader had spotted a notice on his Amazon page that read “Your Amazon Prime membership now includes unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost.” The announcement was pulled almost instantly, but not before news spread throughout the media that Amazon was planning a video streaming service to compete with Netflix’s Watch Instantly.

Now, those rumors have become reality. As of this morning, Amazon’s new service has officially launched, and it’s more or less exactly what we expected. More details after the jump.

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Looks like Netflix might be getting some fierce competition.

Despite the popular red-enveloped rental company helping to bring the downfall of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video and essentially monopolizing the DVD rental market, the future of digital streaming is still very much up in the air. As DVD and Blu-ray sales continue to decline, the fight to secure a claim in that streaming future is only going to become more and more aggressive. Amazon has already thrown its hat into the ring by amassing a huge selection for its Video on Demand service. But it has failed to pose much of a threat to Netflix’s Watch Instantly service, which offers a great many movies and TV shows at a fixed monthly rate, and greater convenience and ease of use to boot. Before long though, all that may change. Learn why after the break. Read More »

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amazon-disc-on-demandAmazon has launched an interesting new promotion, entitled Disc+ On Demand, that will offer free access to on demand versions of certain films when you buy them on DVD or Blu-ray. The digital versions come courtesy of Amazon’s Video On Demand service, and can be streamed from their website, or downloaded to a PC, certain portable devices, or Tivo. You can find a full listing of the eligible titles here.

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