Movie film era over

Movie film era draws to a close | ZDNet: "Fujifilm announced that it had ceased production of most of its movie film products as of last month. With Kodak on very shaky ground and the continuing rapid improvements in digital cinema cameras it is only a matter of time until the oldest modern storage medium ceases to be in production. The culprit  What is killing the film market is not that more directors are shooting digitally. It's the fact that movie theaters are converting from film to digital projection."

MipTV: BBC Worldwide Looks for Steady Sailing at MipTV | Variety" . . . Worldwide’s cable channels, which include BBC America, are available in more than 100 countries and generated $517 million in the past financial year. Under the leadership of new content chief, Helen Jackson, the channels biz is increasingly commissioning its own bespoke content, rather than relying on tried-and-tested fare like “Doctor Who” or “Top Gear” — although obviously these signature shows still have a big part to play. Sales and distribution last year produced $439 million, almost 26% of total sales, but new CEO Tim Davie is determined to increase this. Part of the thinking involves Worldwide, whose total revenues were $1.63 billion in 2012, ramping up business in non-English markets. . . ."

Online numbers increasing, TV watchers decreasing - The 'tuned out' Canadians who don't pay for TV - News - MSN CA: "The number of "tuned out" Canadians, those who don't subscribe to conventional TV, has doubled in recent years and now represents eight per cent of the population, suggests a new report. . . . Tuned out Canadians either didn't have a TV set, only used it to watch VHS tapes, DVDs or Blu-rays, or streamed digital content rather than paying for a TV plan. They tended to be younger and highly educated and major users of the Internet, says MTM. In the recent fall survey, about 49 per cent were between 18 and 34, and 51 per cent had a university education. Tuned out Canadians spent 20 hours a week surfing the web compared to the 15.4 hours TV subscribers were online. . . . "

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