Author: Bekah Sturm

By Paul Bond January 31, 2109 | Discovery says it isn’t interested in selling to CBS, or linking up with CBS and Viacom should those two eventually merge. But some analysts are saying that it’s something all three media companies should consider. Meanwhile, insiders speculate that Netflix may be in the mix because it might want a piece of Paramount, owned by Viacom. Netflix...

BY JANKO ROETTGERS JANUARY 30, 2019 | Ultraviolet, a cloud movie locker once hailed as Hollywood’s best bet to get consumers hooked on digital movies, is shuttering. The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the industry consortium that has been tasked with running Ultraviolet, will shut down the service on July 31. Read more on Variety....

By Peter Kafka January 29, 2019| One terrible way to find out what Apple is planning on doing is to ask an Apple executive about Apple’s plans in public, before Apple is ready to make an Official Apple Announcement. People keep trying anyway. Today it was analyst Shannon Cross of Cross Research, asking Apple CEO Tim Cook about Apple’s TV plans. Spoiler: He didn’t...

BY PAUL BOND January 10, 2019 | In 2015, there were 205.4 million traditional pay television subscribers in the U.S., but by 2022, the number will have fallen to just 169.7 million, eMarketer estimates. Observers increasingly believe it is inevitable that the era of bundled streamers is near as households tire of paying an average $107 a month for cable. As the great de-bundling...

BY TODD SPANGLER January 10, 2019 | Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch. The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. An IMDb rep declined to say how many titles...

BY DADE HAYES January 08, 2019 | Overall home entertainment spending by U.S. consumers climbed 11.5% in 2018 to a record $23.3 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry consortium. Announcing the preliminary annual figures during CES, the DEG noted an especially strong fourth quarter, when spending increased 13% to $6.3 billion. With physical sales and rentals of DVD and Blu-ray discs...

Media Contact Information: Andrews-Keenan – 312-206-2821 or PKeenan1@comcast.net Jamie Grande - 847.716.7000 or jamie.grande@mediafinance.org Media Financial Management Association and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group team up to offer Entertainment Finance Conference   First-ever joint event for digital media industry scheduled for February 21 in Los Angeles (Northfield, IL and Los Angeles, CA) - January 7, 2019 – The Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and Digital Entertainment...

By Andreas Wiseman JANUARY 7, 2019 | IMAX is rolling out its ‘Enhanced’ home ent content via partnerships with streamers Tencent Video (China), FandangoNow (U.S.) and Rakuten TV (Europe), and device partners Arcam, Elite, Integra, Lexicon, Onkyo, Pioneer, TCL and Trinnov. Among first movies made available in the program will be Sony’s Venom and Alpha. Content is due to roll out on streaming services and...

By Eric Newcomer January 4, 2019| Buzzy original thrillers like “Bird Box,” or choose-your-own-adventure gambits like “Bandersnatch” aren’t cheap. And as Netflix’s public profile has climbed, so have its losses. Analysts predict that the company will report about $3 billion in negative cash flow for 2018, up from $2 billion in the previous year. Fans of wildly expensive, high-quality television should hope...