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Kenny Dalglish uses DVD to show ‘truth’ about sinned-against Liverpool
9. Prosinec 2011

Two years ago it was Rafa Benítez with his folded sheet of paper containing various “facts” about perceived Liverpool grievances. On Thursday in the same room Kenny Dalglish went one better, with a DVD display illustrating why Liverpool were more sinned against than sinning at Fulham on Monday, a match that earned the club a double dose of disciplinary trouble from the Football Association, with Luis Suárez accused of making an offensive gesture to home supporters and Liverpool charged with failure to control their players following the dismissal of Jay Spearing. “If anyone wants to see the truth it’s on the screen,” the Liverpool manager said.

“If we have infringed rules we will have to accept it and take the punishment, but I’m not certain what the rules are when it comes to disputing a decision,” Dalglish added. “What I do know is that referees are inconsistent with their interpretations. The only intent in Jay’s mind was to get the ball, and normally our discipline is good, as our film clip can prove.If you look at the way Craig Bellamy was being provoked [by Clint Dempsey] at Fulham you can only say his discipline was unbelievable. He didn’t commit a foul, he didn’t respond to the player shoving his head into his face, and yet he was the one to get booked. Once that happened we ended up having to take him off so we weren’t left with nine players.”

Footage from the game does appear to support that point, and Dalglish said it would be presented to the FA if Liverpool were asked to defend themselves, along with clips of Suárez being wrestled to the floor in the penalty area by Brede Hangeland and getting nothing, Andy Carroll being fouled and Bellamy being wrongly penalised for a harmless tussle with John Arne Riise.

“We just want to be dealt with fairly,” Dalglish said. “We want the same rules to apply to us as to everyone else. At Fulham I think we got the short end of a lot of 50-50 decisions that on another night might have gone our way. Anyone watching the clips can see that for themselves.”

Hollywood decision on DVDs knocks Zoo Digital figures
7. Prosinec 2011

MEDIA software group Zoo Digital reported a half-year loss after Hollywood studios reduced the number of DVDs they produce.The Sheffield-based company also warned that full-year results won’t meet the board’s expectations.

Zoo said that while encouraging progress is being made in eBooks and publishing, the turmoil and changing dynamics within the home entertainment industry has hit the company’s financial performance.The group reported revenues of £3.8m for the six months to September 30, down from £5.2m the previous year. This led to a pre-tax loss of £830,000, down from a profit of £250,000 last year.

Zoo said that although its revenues are not directly related to the number of DVDs sold, its large Hollywood studio customers are reducing the number of titles being released on DVD. This has been caused by a combination of the difficult economy and customers switching from a physical library of DVDs to a digital one.Over the summer, Zoo was particularly hit by a reduction in TV releases on DVD, which have made up the majority of its volumes.

Chief executive Stuart Green said: “We have already reduced our US headcount and restructured our cost base to give a lower fixed overhead, better equipping us to deal with volatility in the market.He said that in contrast to the decline in the group’s traditional business, there has been an increase in the number of titles using Zoo’s software for both Blu-ray and Electronic Sell Through platforms.

Polarization of two different models
2. Prosinec 2011

The movie industry has been fighting to maintain its existing business in the face of the threat from digital distribution and is trying to maintain scarcity by controlling the timing of blockbuster releases to other services.

“What you are actually seeing in the movie space is the polarization of two different models,” he said. Whereas the subscription services used to have a mix of new old titles, he said, now they are being pushed into much older titles.”

Tesco’s move is not the first service to give the purchaser of a physical product access to a so-called digital locker. The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem—a cross-industry consortium consisting of more than 75 companies, including movie studios, technology providers, consumer device makers, entertainment retailers and video service providers—is also launching its own service, Ultraviolet, into the U.K..Mr. Comish said the Tesco deal was not a rival to Ultraviolet and that Blinkbox would be launching an Ultraviolet compatible service in 2012.

At launch, Tesco is only offering around 30 titles although Mr. Comish is promising more will be added very shortly. Customers must use their Tesco Clubcard when they buy the DVD; that Clubcard linked to a Blinkbox account. All eligible movies bought from Tesco will appear in their Blinkbox account.

Mr. Comish said they had signed four-of-the-six major studios, and deals with Universal and Fox would be forthcoming.

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