Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 21, 2011 0 comments
Buy it once, play it on any device: That's the promise of UltraViolet, a cloud-based computing scheme. While the Consumer Electronics Show was in full swing this month, it was reported that UltraViolet is launching this summer.

As we've previously reported, this is a big deal. UltraViolet will let you access content you've paid for once across multiple platforms including TVs, PCs, gaming consoles, smart phones, and any kind of computer.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 17, 2008 0 comments
Doomsday will be the first of 40 Blu-ray titles to arrive from Universal in the second half of this year, according to Reuters. This will be the first round of Blus from the former HD DVD supporter.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 20, 2008 0 comments
Buried in yesterday's avalanche of HD DVD coverage was this nugget: Universal, until now an HD DVD stalwart, will waste no time in switching to Blu-ray.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 23, 2008 0 comments
Reversing a lengthy losing streak, the Universal Music Group has become the first of the big four record labels to significantly increase revenue in many years. The Vivendi-owned company posted a nearly five percent increase for the first half of 2008, even after adjusting for currency fluctuations.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 18, 2006 0 comments
Brigitte Bardot's performance of "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" was a Top 5 hit when it was released in the 1960s, but until recently, the only way to add it to your music library was to rummage through secondhand shops. But it's back in circulation—not as a CD, but as a download, one of 3000 out-of-print tracks sold by the Universal Music Group over iTunes during the last seven months. More than 250,000 people downloaded a 2000 Christmas compilation by Nana Mouskouri, Les Plus Beaux Noels du Monde, during a period that didn't even include the holiday. Universal plans to follow up in November with 100,000 more albums, many previously released only on vinyl. Record companies have good reason to rediscover their back catalogue: Part of Amazon's success with the "earth's biggest selection" lies in brisk sales of o/p material by third-party merchants. "We are now able to respond to and quantify the appetite for more eclectic, diverse recordings from the past," Universal's Olivier Robert-Murphy told Reuters. The unanswered question: What, if anything, will artists or their estates get paid?
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 06, 2006 4 comments
A major label will soon offer European customers three different tiers of CD releases, each with its own distinctive type of packaging. Universal Music Group announced that top releases will get a deluxe box (über-jewelbox? treasure chest?) potentially featuring bonus DVD, extra tracks, expanded notes, and other attractions. Mid-tier releases will get "super jewelboxes," a with round corners, stronger hinges, and heavier build quality. They sound a lot like the boxes already used for SACDs. Bottom-tier releases will get cardboard sleeves, though I'm not sure if that means a Digipak-like package (paper gatefold enclosing plastic spindle) or an all-cardboard "wallet" type. A competing budget label, Brilliant Classics, has had great success with wallets, marketing cheaply packaged but delightful boxed sets up to and including the now legendary 160-CD Bach Edition. Pricing for the Universal tiers will be €19.99, €14.99, and €9.99 respectively. As of this morning, a euro costs $1.28, so none of the tiers is cheap by American standards, though there's no telling what will happen if Universal brings the scheme across the Atlantic. Why this, why now? "We can grow the CD market," said a Universal executive—or at least, "slow its decline."
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 19, 2010 0 comments
One of the four largest music labels plans to test a new pricing scheme that will slash list prices on all single discs to somewhere between six and ten dollars.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 02, 2008 0 comments
Universal will support lossless DTS-HD Master Audio in many of its initial Blu-ray releases.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 09, 2009 0 comments
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will begin selling double-sided discs with Blu-ray on one side and DVD on the other.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 10, 2007 0 comments
Recent moves by Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label, may result in a more freewheeling DRM-free download retail environment.

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