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Discs Help Image Narrow Q1 Fiscal Loss Packaged media revenue increases 12% to $19.6

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Old 08-15-2012, 07:01 AM   #1
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Image, which is a unit of RLJ Entertainment, posted flat revenue of $23.2 million, driven primarily by sales of Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases. Packaged media revenue topped $19.6 million, compared with $17.5 million in the comparable quarter last year.

Best-selling DVD releases for the quarter included Memorial Day (starring Jonathan Bennett, James Cromwell, John Cromwell), The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) and Radio Rebel (starring Debby Ryan).

Conversely, digital revenue, which includes transactional video-on-demand, electronic sellthrough and subscription VOD, declined nearly 38% to $2.1 million from $3.3 million last year. Broadcast revenue, which includes cable, dropped nearly 45% to $1.2 million from $2.1 million.

Chatsworth, Calif.-based Image said it generated $422,000 in limited-release theatrical revenue, up 10% from revenue of $383,000 last year.

“Our Criterion [Collection] business had a very solid performance in the current quarter, primarily driven by new-release titles such as Harold and Maude, Shallow Grave and 'Grey's Anatomy,'” CEO Ted Green said in a statement. “We also successfully released two titles targeted for young adults, namely Radio Rebel and Teen Spirit, an ABC Family Original premiere.”

CFO John Avagliano said lower supply chain costs coupled with a favorable mix of higher-margin catalog revenue were the key drivers of profitability in the quarter.
http://www.homemediamagazine.com/ima...cal-loss-28072

I didn't know they had a connection to the Criterion Collection... Interesting.
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I didn't know they had a connection to the Criterion Collection... Interesting.
I didn't know either. Anyway it looks like disc is doing well with Image, although revenues are relatively small to be of much consequence compared to the major studios (which are perhaps 10 times as much per studio).
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I didn't know either. Anyway it looks like disc is doing well with Image, although revenues are relatively small to be of much consequence compared to the major studios (which are perhaps 10 times as much per studio).
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Sony has been "outsourcing" many catalog titles to Image over the last few years.

It appears Image got a better batch, than later Sony outsourcers like Mill Creek. (Trickling down to lower and lower tiers).

Wonder how much of Image's revenue can be attributed to Sony catalog titles. Many of Image's original movie titles, seem to be just as crappy as many of Anchor Bay's original titles. (Anchor Bay and Image seem to be just one step above the really crappy companies like Mill Creek and Echo Bridge).
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Sony has been "outsourcing" many catalog titles to Image over the last few years.

It appears Image got a better batch, than later Sony outsourcers like Mill Creek. (Trickling down to lower and lower tiers).

Wonder how much of Image's revenue can be attributed to Sony catalog titles. Many of Image's original movie titles, seem to be just as crappy as many of Anchor Bay's original titles. (Anchor Bay and Image seem to be just one step above the really crappy companies like Mill Creek and Echo Bridge).
I tend to avoid purchases from bottom feeders, but Image is pretty good.

But now that I think about it, That 70's Show is from Mill Creek and it's a pretty good transfer.
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I didn't know this company still existed. I just remembered them from the Laserdisc days....aah memories!

I do have the Twilight Zone Set but the DVD one. Not sure that's an Image title will have to check when I get home this evening.
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I do have the Twilight Zone Set but the DVD one. Not sure that's an Image title will have to check when I get home this evening.
According to amazon, the original TZ is done by Image these days.
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Conversely, digital revenue, which includes transactional video-on-demand, electronic sellthrough and subscription VOD, declined nearly 38% to $2.1 million from $3.3 million last year. Broadcast revenue, which includes cable, dropped nearly 45% to $1.2 million from $2.1 million.
Normally Id say broadcast revenue is down cause digital is taking it over.. but digital is down too. When it comes to these smaller companies there doesnt seem to be a spot for them in the digital future.
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Normally Id say broadcast revenue is down cause digital is taking it over.. but digital is down too. When it comes to these smaller companies there doesnt seem to be a spot for them in the digital future.
Already in the "digital present", attention span is the main commodity when it comes to stuff like movies, tv, web pages, etc ...

If people are not aware of the existence of a particular movie, tv show, web page, youtube video, etc ..., then it would not occur to them to search for it and/or watch it (whether optical disk, download, streaming, google searches, WalMart shelves, etc ...). For example, many original new movies released by lower tier companies (ie. Image, Anchor Bay, VVS, Phase 4, etc ...) seem to have this "lack of visibility" problem, with their titles ending up in the $2 dvd bargain bins relatively quickly.

For the big major movie companies, they seem to have deeper pockets to fund huge "in your face" advertising campaigns, and promoting their movies into the public zeitgeist. The lower tier guys most likely don't have this type of cash, to do huge advertising campaigns and promotions.

Digital pretty much lives and dies by people's attention spans.
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I tend to avoid purchases from bottom feeders, but Image is pretty good.

But now that I think about it, That 70's Show is from Mill Creek and it's a pretty good transfer.
Sometimes the bottom feeders can produce decent stuff.

For example, Anchor Bay's classic horror stuff is respectable. (Horror was originally Anchor Bay's specialty back in the 1990's). But outside of horror and 20th Century Fox catalog titles, Anchor Bay's original films seem to be somewhat mediocre.

So far Image's Sony titles and other license stuff (ie. music videos, IMAX, etc ...), seems to be respectable. In the case of Image titles which are not Sony catalog titles, IMAX, music videos, etc ..., many of Image's original films seem to also be somewhat mediocre.

("Original film" in the sense of either: the company produced the film, or they bought or merged with the original production company of the film, or they had an exclusive with the original production company over the last 15+ years during the dvd/bluray era).
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Sometimes the bottom feeders can produce decent stuff.

For example, Anchor Bay's classic horror stuff is respectable. (Horror was originally Anchor Bay's specialty back in the 1990's). But outside of horror and 20th Century Fox catalog titles, Anchor Bay's original films seem to be somewhat mediocre.

So far Image's Sony titles and other license stuff (ie. music videos, IMAX, etc ...), seems to be respectable. In the case of Image titles which are not Sony catalog titles, IMAX, music videos, etc ..., many of Image's original films seem to also be somewhat mediocre.

("Original film" in the sense of either: the company produced the film, or they bought or merged with the original production company of the film, or they had an exclusive with the original production company over the last 15+ years during the dvd/bluray era).
I got burned bad by some Madacy Ent. releases back in 2000, that looked like they were copied straight from VHS. After that for several years I steered clear of anything that wasn't released from a major studio.

I was very happy with That 70's Show though. And by and large I would trust the "bottom feeders" a little more to NOT apply too much DNR to a release that perhaps a major studio would. A small time distributor probably won't take the time and will do a straight transfer without cleaning it up (which I would prefer since "cleaning it up" invariably means removing fine detail and I'm a detail freak).

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I got burned bad by some Madacy Ent. releases back in 2000, that looked like they were copied straight from VHS. After that for several years I steered clear of anything that wasn't released from a major studio.
I haven't come across many substandard dvd transfers of this sort before. Then again, I didn't really buy many dvds over the entire 2000's decade.

This sort of thing I came across more often, in music cd reissues of less popular or really obscure old record albums. I have several such cds, where instead of going back to the original master tape of the album, the record company just digitally recorded it from an old vinyl record copy of the album. One could hear all the record noise, scratches, hum, etc ... on the cd.
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I was very happy with That 70's Show though. And by and large I would trust the "bottom feeders" a little more to NOT apply too much DNR to a release that perhaps a major studio would. A small time distributor probably won't take the time and will do a straight transfer without cleaning it up (which I would prefer since "cleaning it up" invariably means removing fine detail and I'm a detail freak).
On a slight tangent on the subject of bottom feeder movie companies, I've noticed many bottom feeder companies don't even bother with encryption on their pressed dvds.

For example, quite a few Mill Creek and Echo Bridge dvd titles I have do not have any encryption.

For even older dvd titles (ie. around a decade or so old), the only zero-encryption titles I have are ones by Anchor Bay.


So far I haven't come across any pressed bluray discs which don't have any encryption.

IIRC, every new bluray glass master requires a new AACS certificate.
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