Industry insider

Industry insider

Don't be scared, Sony make.believe

Andrew Everard Thu, 3 Sep 2009, 8:28am

Sometimes you have moments when you just shake your head and wonder 'what were they thinking?'.Had one such yesterday afternoon when Sony unveiled its new 'Group-wide brand message' at the IFA show in Germany, and in so doing gifted sub-editors ...

JAPAN: the PS3 grows up with on-demand adult movies in HD

Andrew Everard Fri, 7 Aug 2009, 10:28am

For those of you who thought the killer app for the PS3 was being able to play with others online, a Japanese company is now catering for more solitary pleasures with the launch of a streaming service offering on-demand HD adult movies.DMM.tv ...

US: Deep DVD discounts to drive the latest blockbusters

Andrew Everard Fri, 31 Jul 2009, 9:00am

Faced with softening sales, studios are resorting to fast discounts on the latest DVD releases, with Warner Home Video working with US retailer Best Buy to make Watchmen available for just $9.99 (around £6.25) from this weekend. That's just ten ...

What you've been buying in 2009 - HD, headphones and vinyl defy the downturn

Clare Newsome Wed, 22 Jul 2009, 4:45pm

Early this year we brought you details of 2008's most popular home entertainment products, and now we've had our first update on 2009's most wanted. And it's a fascinating, myth-dispelling snapshot of the buying habits of recessionary Britain. ...

Sundays are still Special in the world of hi-fi

Andrew Everard Sun, 19 Jul 2009, 5:17pm

If you've watched or listened to the news today, you may be aware of the modest hoo-hah that's been going on in the Scottish Highlands, where ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has just run its first Sunday service from Stornoway, on the island ...

Digital distribution by Crestron, Abramovich's new superyacht and why HDMI isn't the answer for whole-house HD

Andrew Everard Fri, 17 Jul 2009, 9:26pm

I've just spent a fascinating few hours at Crestron's UK HQ, just outside London, where I've been learning all about the problems created by HDMI when it comes to distributing high-definition content around the house. Or Roman Abramovich's ...

JAPAN: Don't fear, the Repoch isn't that kind of video cassette recorder

Andrew Everard Thu, 9 Jul 2009, 2:02pm

On the way from Sanyo into the Japanese domestic market is the Repoch – a new digital video recorder. But no, despite that slot in the front, we're not going back to tape.This is a hard-drive recorder – it's just that you can pull out the ...

2015: a silence falls across Digital Britain

Andrew Everard Thu, 25 Jun 2009, 10:20am

At least someone’s rubbing their hands with excitement over the Digital Britain report: within minutes of the final version being published, our email alerts pinged, boinged and made other comedy noises to signal the arrival of a press release ...

JAPAN/RUSSIA: Sony targets the new affluent and seasonal demand to open up Russian market

Andrew Everard Wed, 24 Jun 2009, 11:19am

One of the recovery strategies outlined for Sony is a focus on markets beyond the traditional domestic, European and North American territories. And in an interview with Japan's Nikkei business daily, it's been outlining how it's tackling the ...

CHINA/JAPAN: the changing face of consumer electronics retailing

Andrew Everard Thu, 18 Jun 2009, 12:35pm

It doesn't seem so long ago that China was being seen by the more forward-thinking Japanese audio and video companies as the next big frontier. It was a market ripe for development as an increasingly affluent middle-class developed. Marantz, to ...