Video News, June 1, 2012

According to, 2012 marks a changing tide for video use, as for the first time, U.S. consumers will pay more for online movies than they will for DVDs and Blu-ray discs, adding that, per media research and consulting company HIS Screen Digest, online views will outgun DVDs and Blu-rays combined. U.S. consumers viewed 2.6 billion DVD and Blu-ray units in 2011 compared to 1.4 billion online downloads. Those disc numbers are expected to drop to 2.4 billion this year, while online use is expected to skyrocket to 3.4 billion views. Online movie viewership is likely to rise due to providers like Amazon, Apple, and Netflix refining their services, as well as the growing selection of online content, said. The firm also projects that almost 25 percent of U.S. Internet users will watch films online this year.

Acorn TV, which streams numerous top UK series, is now available on Roku, whose streaming players are known for their ease of use. Roku works on virtually any television and sets up quickly with built-in wireless. Acorn offers full seasons of ten classic and contemporary series, including Upstairs, Downstairs, the detective series Midsomer Murders, the complete run of the original UK episodes of Queer as Folk, Robson Green’s crime drama Touching Evil, the award-winning period detective drama Murdoch Mysteries, and Derek Jacobi in Cadfael, among many more.

Lionsgate has launched BeFit, a fitness-focused YouTube channel featuring dozens of free videos of brief workouts and training segments for specific body parts presented by such industry stars as Denise Austin, Jane Fonda, and Jillian Michaels. BeFit has accumulated 1.5 million views over the past month and is growing in viewership by a double-digit percentage every week. Our ability to combine compelling original content and a broad and deep catalog of fitness brands positions us for long-term success, said Anne Parducci, executive VP, Lionsgate Home Entertainment Marketing.‚ Mike Rogers

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