News Updates: Duplication Industry Roundup
Here are a few quick news briefs and bulletins on what’s going on in the CD duplication and consumer electronics industries as they relate to optical media.
Sony Corporation has announced that they will resume production of optical media (including BD-R discs) by the end of May 2011. The Tagajyo Plant is the last of Sony’s 10 facilities in Japan to come back online following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.
May The Force Be With Your Movie Collection: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and LucasFilm Ltd. have set a release date of September 16th, 2011 for “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” on Blu-ray. The nine-disc set includes six feature films, a documentary, and more than 40 hours of bonus and extended footage with a pre-sale price of $99.
On their quest to dominate the world’s disc publishing needs, Primera Technology has opened a new sales office in South America. The São Paulo, Brazil office will serve Central and South America as well as Mexico. Primera is headquartered in the US and also has offices in Europe and Asia.
Mega-retailer Best Buy has introduced a new “Trade and Save” program where consumers can trade in their old DVD movies and receive a $5 discount voucher good towards the purchase of a Blu-ray movie. Up to 5 titles per store visit are being accepted at stores nationwide through June 4th, 2011.
Are you looking for a new disc printer or publisher? CDROM2GO is offering a free box of media (500 pieces DVD-R or 600 pieces CD-R) with the purchase of a new Epson DiscProducer PP-50 publisher, PP-100 publisher, or PP-100AP autoprinter. Visit the Epson Store at CDROM2GO for details.
Rental giant RedBox has announced that it will begin renting video games at its 21,000 kiosks nationwide starting in June. Rentals will cost $2 per day for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii games.
CNet News is reporting that Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records, is hard at work developing a new “high-resolution” music format that aims to avoid the mistakes of the little-known SACD and DVD-A formats. An official announcement from Atlantic Records is scheduled to take place at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Microboards Technology is offering instant discounts of $200 on CX-1 and PF-3 machines and $300 off MX-1, MX-2, and PF-Pro units purchased before June 30th, 2011. Check out the Microboards Technology Store for details.
We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on these and other stories as more information becomes available.