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Communications and Entertainment Limited was an Australian home video cassette distributor in the 1980s. The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... The video cassette recorder (or VCR, less popularly video tape recorder) is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...


They were originally known as Publishing and Broadcasting Video (PBV) (No relation to Publishing and Broadcasting Limited). PBV's labels included Embassy Home Entertainment, MGM/UA Home Video, Muppet Home Video, Star Video (featuring low-budget films from around the world), Australian Video (featuring films from the South Australian Film Corporation), Film World Festival (like Star Video, but better-budget releases), The Storytime Collection, and Playaround Video (believed to be a children's video label). Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, or PBL, is one of Australias major media companies. ... Embassy Pictures Corporation (aka Embassy Film Associates) was an independent studio and distributor responsible for such films as The Graduate and The Lion in Winter. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... The Muppet Movie, closing scene. ...


Its logo consisted of a space background, with "PBV" in giant block letters inside a rounded rectangle, inside a square, then fading to the first logo for Star Video. Once the animation for Star Video was done, the square would turn (like a trilon) to reveal other logos, with Embassy Home Entertainment coming next, then Australian Video, then Film World Festival, then Playaround Video, followed by the Storytime Collection, Muppet Home Video, and finally, MGM/UA Home Video.


By the time PBV had become CEL, many of the labels were discontinued, or moved to another company (MGM/UA's releases were through Warner Home Video). CEL's labels included the aforementioned Muppet Home Video, and Thames Video (although this appears to be non-exclusive; some of Thames' video releases were through ABC Video and Festival Video). CEL also released RCA-Columbia Pictures Home Video releases prior to the joint venture with Hoyts. The WB Shield, used from 2001 to late 2003. ... The classic Thames Television logo (1969 - 1989), featuring a geographically incorrect montage of London landmarks. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australias national public broadcaster. ... Mushroom Records is an Australian record company. ... Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the home video, DVD, and UMD distribution arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidary of Sony Corporation. ...


The company was publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, but was delisted in 1989 for failing to pay annual fees to the ASX. The company continued for a few years into the 1990's, but has since disappeared altogether. The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is the primary stock exchange in Australia. ...


CEL had also bought Sundowner Film and Video Productions Pty Ltd.


Another Australian home video distributor


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