Sky launches buy-to-keep movies and DVDs by mail

Sky is branching into buy-to-keep digital movie sales and DVDs-by-mail with a revamp to its existing Sky Store rental service. Due to roll out in the coming weeks, the Buy & Keep movie service will let Sky+HD customers pay to own a digital copy of movie through their set-top box, with a physical backup also […]

Vodkaster and Riplay plan French “Netflix alternative”

French movie-interest social network provider Vodkaster is to merge with DVD digitisation specialist Riplay with a view to launching a new Netflix-like video-on-demand service in the country. Vodkaster and Riplay are in the process of raising €1.2 million from investors Partech Ventures, Elaia Partners and 3T. The three funds will take a minority share in […]

Blockbuster to shut US DVD business, focus on digital

Dish Network-owned video rental firm Blockbuster is set to close all its remaining US stores and cease its DVD-by-mail services by early January 2014 to focus its efforts on digital offerings.  Announcing the move, Dish said it would close its approximately 300 remaining US retail stores and its distribution centres – all the physical distribution […]

UK DVD rental market expected to go into freefall as Blockbuster stores close

The UK DVD and Blu-ray rental market is expected to decline sharply this year following the shut-down of half the country’s Blockbuster video stores as part of a restructuring agreed by the company’s new management, according to research from IHS Screen Digest. According to IHS Screen Digest, the UK market for physical video rental will […]