???Call of Duty??? Reaches $1 Billion Faster Than ???Avatar???

???Call of Duty: Black Ops II,??? thelatest installment in Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI)???s best-sellingvideo-game franchise, topped $1 billion in retail sales withinits first 15 days of release.

The sales figure, which relies on Chart-Track retail data,means ???Call of Duty??? reached $1 billion faster than the movie???Avatar,??? the record holder for feature films, Activision saidtoday in a statement. The previous installment in the seriesaccomplished that same feat last year. It took 16 days to reachthe $1 billion milestone, compared with 17 for ???Avatar,??? whichcame out in 2009

Why The Movie Industry Can???t Innovate and the Result is SOPA

This year the movie industry made $30 billion (1/3 in the U.S.) from box-office revenue.

But the total movie industry revenue was $87 billion. Where did the other $57 billion come from?

From sources that the studios at one time claimed would put them out of business: Pay-per view TV, cable and satellite channels, video rentals, DVD sales, online subscriptions and digital downloads.

The Movie Industry and Technology Progress
The music and movie business has been consistently wrong in its claims that new platforms and channels would be the end of its businesses. In each case, the new technology produced a new market far larger than the impact it had on the existing market.

It’s always cheaper to whinge than the change and if you have the ear of the State, reality never checks you. Until later.

Lefsetz Letter ?? Louie C.K.

It???s easy to be famous.

It???s hard to have fans.

The Internet video sale only worked because Louie had fans. First and foremost who were aware of what he was doing. We???re all on information overload. You can put out the press release, the paper can even print it, that does not mean the target audience sees it. You???ve got to have people who follow you, you???ve got to earn their trust to the point they???re paying attention to you on a regular basis. You don???t do this by yelling at them, but by creating work they value.