New York, NY (September 8, 2004)–EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and 5.1 Entertainment Group/Silverline Records announced to retailers their plans to commercialize DualDisc, the double-sided CD/DVD hybrid, with titles set for nationwide release beginning in October.
The companies unveiled their plans at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) convention in San Diego Aug. 24. All five companies said they will offer an increasing number of DualDisc products this fall, including a range of frontline and catalog releases.
Silverline, which both licenses major-label titles for DVD reissue and produces its own surround music albums, said it would release 50 DualDiscs beginning on November 2. Artists among the first wave of Silverline DualDiscs include Blondie, Blues Traveler, Robert Cray, the Mavericks, Queensryche and Widespread Panic.
The four majors have yet to announce their DualDisc release schedules. According to marketing data gathered by the record companies in their test launch of the format earlier this year in Boston and Seattle, 90 percent of consumers said they would recommend DualDisc to a friend and 82 percent said they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the format.
“DualDisc is an exciting new product and may be the perfect solution for the music business as we seek to add value to our product and become more competitive with the other segments of home entertainment,” said Randy Miller, executive vice president, Virgin Records America.