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'Knight' on demand

Comcast and Warner Bros. are teaming to produce mini-movies and trailers from "The Dark Knight" that will be available on Comcast's On Demand service. The partnership allows Comcast to showcase six mini-movies of "Gotham Tonight," featuring the film's actors in character telling the story of what has happened between 2005's "Batman Begins" and "Dark Knight," which bows Friday. Customers can view the content at comcast.net/ thedarkknightmovie and Fancast.com.

Piracy sails on

With black-market sales of bootlegged DVD movies costing Hollywood studios about $6.1 billion in lost revenue annually, illegal copying of pre-recorded DVDs (primarily TV programming) increased 8% in the first six months of 2008, according to a new report. In an online survey of more than 5,000 consumers from the U.S. and U.K., 33% of respondents (largely males age 18-24) said they had copied DVD movies, according to London-based Futuresource Consulting.

PS3 boosts Blu

Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console continues to be the primary catalyst for sales of Blu-ray Disc movies, according to the Entertainment Merchants Assn.'s 2008 annual report. The PS3, which features a Blu-ray drive, is expected to drive the HD packaged-media market through 2009. Thereafter, stand-alone Blu-ray players will proliferate throughout the market in greater numbers, the report said.
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