From the depths of Mordor to the single-gal fast lane of New York City, Warner Home Video's (WHV) got your entertainment bases covered. A unit of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, the firm is one of the top home video companies in the US. WHV distributes DVD titles from sister companies Warner Bros. Pictures, Castle Rock , HBO Films, TBS, and New Line Cinema. Top selling hits include The Dark Knight, I Am Legend, and Sex and the City: The Movie. The firm, with operations in more than 90 international territories, also has the world's largest film library featuring more than 6,600 movies; 40,000 TV titles; and 14,000 animated titles (including 1,500 classic animated shorts).
In addition to distributing Time Warner-produced content, Warner Home Video also distributes other companies' product, including DVDs for the BBC and National Geographic, as well as national sports leagues in the US.
In 2008 the company made headlines when it began releasing its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format. (Industry experts pronounced the decision as the key factor in Sony's Blu-ray win over Toshiba's HD DVD in the high-definition video format war.) Results for 2008 were less than stellar as the company experienced a decline in DVD sales due to the weakening economy and the subsequent decrease of consumer demand for non-essential items.
The diversity of Warner Home Video's sister companies allows it to court numerous home entertainment audiences. For the kids, it draws from numerous popular properties such as Looney Tunes, Batman, and Scooby-Doo, while the proliferation of TV on DVD has prompted the release of box sets of series such as The OC and The West Wing.
The organization of Warner Home Video within Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (which also includes interactive entertainment) is designed to devote resources to the distribution of movies and interactive content through online, wireless, pay per-view, and related technological channels. – less