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Moser Baer enters home video market

The company will offer high quality titles at very attractive price between Rs 28 ? Rs 34 for VCD/DVD.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 17:53 IST

Moser Baer, one of the largest optical storage manufacturer on Thursday announced its launch of a new initiative in content distribution, which would mark the company's maiden foray into the entertainment industry through the Indian home video market.

Headquartered in Mumbai, with presence across the country in all major metros as well as in smaller towns through an active and well-organized three-tiered channel, this move will take advantage of the established Moser Baer production capability and a well developed distribution network. The company will release video content on DVD and Video CD formats using its proprietary and patented technology which enhances quality and significantly reduces cost. This will enable Moser Baer to revolutionize the quality-price parity and offer unprecedented value for the consumers.
 
Moser Baer's new division is in final negotiations to acquire copyrights/exclusive license of more than 7000 titles in all major Indian languages which comprises a third of all movies produced till date in India, says the company release.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Harish Dayani, CEO, Entertainment Business, said, "This initiative is poised to bring a paradigm change in the home video market which we believe will lead to much higher consumption of content on home video, and encourage people to build libraries."
 
According to Yogesh Mathur, Group CFO, Moser Baer India, "This initiative represent an excellent opportunity to leverage our optical media strengths in patented and proprietary technology, capacity and costs enabling us to offering high quality titles at very attractive price points between Rs 28 – Rs 34 for VCD/DVD. I believe that at these price points, we will redefine the home video market in India."
 
The Indian home video market has not grown at the pace that it should have considering the fact that India is the world's largest producer and consumer of films. Rampant piracy and high fragmentation in this business have unfortunately impacted the industry.
 
 According to research, India has over 26 million DVD/ VCD users, growing at a healthy clip of over 25 per cent, and comprising about a fourth of all TV ownership in the country. Despite the huge potential market, home video accounts for a mere 7 per cent of the total film revenues of Rs 7,900 crore. The US home video market is almost the same revenue size as that of the theatrical market. 
 
The new initiative will release titles in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Punjabi languages.