|Year founded||July 1979|
|Company||Questex Media Group|
|Based in||Santa Ana, California|
Home Media Magazine was a trade publication that covered various aspects of the home entertainment industry, most notably home video distribution via VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, and digital copy. The magazine also covered news relating to consumer electronics, video games, home video distributors and various forms of digital distribution of movie and TV content.
History and profile
The magazine was founded in 1979 and was known as Video Store Magazine until 2005, when it became Home Media Retailing. The name change was first announced in October 2004. To further its consumer focus, the magazine dropped "Retailing" at the beginning of 2007. In 2014 the magazine's print edition was reduced to biweekly and in 2015, to monthly; at the same time, the publication increased its web presence through a daily e-newsletter and frequent "breaking news" alerts. HM also published frequent special issues, such as special reports on 4K Ultra HD, Vidity, and UltraViolet; rankings of the top women in home entertainment, key digital drivers, and leading disruptors; and, in 2011, a salute to executives in home entertainment under the age of 40.
The magazine was based in Santa Ana, California, and was a subsidiary of the Questex Media Group.
In July 2006, HM launched a consumer magazine called Agent DVD, a semi-regular periodical focusing on home entertainment news. The first issue debuted at the 2006 Comic Con International in San Diego, California, and focused on titles and news that would appeal to convention-goers. The consumer magazine was later rebranded as Home Media Insider and offered only in digital form. Additionally, Home Media Magazine presented annual awards covering the best DVD and Blu-ray products. Questex ceased production of Home Media Magazine after the December 2017 issue.
Media Play News
In January 2018, the core team responsible for producing the Home Media Magazine print and online properties returned with an independent operation named Media Play News that offers an expanded home entertainment focus from its predecessor, covering not just Blu-ray Disc and DVD but also transactional video-on-demand (both streaming and purchase) as well as subscription streaming. The new publication publishes a monthly magazine in both print and digital versions and maintains a website, a daily newsletter and breaking news alerts.
- Daniel Herbert (2014-01-24). Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store. p. 31. ISBN 9780520958029. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
- "About us". Home Media Magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
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- "Home Media Retailing: A New Name and Look for Video Store Magazine". Business News. January 15, 2005. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Rosenberg, Don (October 24, 2004). "A New Name for a New Era in Entertainment Retailing". Video Store Magazine. p. 6. Archived from the original on November 2, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
- "Home Media Magazine Presents 'Forty Under Forty'". BusinessWire. September 14, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
- "What a Long, Strange Trip". Home Media Magazine. December 18, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
- "Redefining Home Entertainment – Welcome to Media Play News!". Media Play News. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.