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Sky aims to take a bite out of UK film retail market

UK pay TV operator Sky intends to launch a digital retail service in April 2014, providing its 4.5m active Sky+ HD customers with the option to purchase films via the Sky Store interface.

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French video disc replicator QOL enters administration

French disc replicator QOL has entered into administration for an initial observation period of 6 months after accumulating a reported €5.6 million debt. The company has attributed poor company performance to a sharp fall in disc sales in France. The company which has been placed into the charge of commercial court, la Tribunal de Commerce de Chartres, will now seek fresh investment in order to continue trading.

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Disney launches its UltraViolet alternative with iTunes as sole launch partner

Disney has launched Disney Movies Anywhere, the first significant manifestation of its rights locker service, KeyChest. At launch, iTunes is the sole retail partner, however Disney has indicated that it will be adding other retailers in the future.

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Amazon discontinues Lovefilm Instant Video, folds into Amazon Prime

Internet retail giant Amazon is to discontinue its streaming brand ‘Lovefilm Instant Video’ in the UK and Germany, folding the online video package into its subscription service, Amazon Prime.

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UK physical video forecasts revised in light of year end data

IHS UK physical video forecasts for 2013 through to 2017 have been revised on the basis of year end numbers from the British Video Association (BVA) and feedback from industry sources.

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Xtra-vision steps up rental kiosk locations

Irish video retail and rental chain Xtra-Vision has outlined plans to expand the number of its video rental kiosks throughout Ireland. In October 2013, Xtra-Vision partnered with convenience stores Spar and Eurospar to launch rental kiosks offering DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (BD) from €2.99.

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Danish TDC acquires Blockbuster brand for digital streaming service

Danish telecommunications company TDC Group has acquired the digital rights to the Blockbuster brand name in Denmark from owner Dish Networks.

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UK video rental 2013 year-end analysis finalised

IHS has finalised its physical video rental analysis for year-end 2013 resulting in new forecasts to 2017.

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Decline for French physical disc market in 2013

Despite decline for the overall French video market, both catalogue DVD and catalogue Blu-ray Disc unit sales showed remarkable stability between 2012 and 2013 in comparison with other Western European markets.

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UK physical video retail market finalised for 2013

IHS Technology has updated 2013 UK consumer level video retail numbers following the publication of year-end figures released by the British Video Association (BVA).

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