Author: Bekah Sturm

By Dade Hayes, Nellie Andreeva, Dominic Patten December 31, 2019 | Hollywood’s unofficial wake-up call came on February 1, 2013, when Netflix dropped the first season of House of Cards in a single, binge-able chunk. While that distinctive release pattern hasn’t yet become the official norm — many new rivals to Netflix insist on the traditional episode-at-a-time approach — the whole gestalt...

By Chaim Gartenberg December 31, 2019 | The Witcher has everything it needs to be Netflix’s next success: popular source material, a massive marketing campaign, a well-received performance by Henry Cavill, and an iconic meme in the form of the hit song “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.” Yet, while certainly popular, it doesn’t seem like The Witcher is going to become...

By Patience Haggin and Sahil Patel December 26, 2019 | Comcast Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire video-streaming company Xumo LLC, according to people familiar with the matter, as the cable giant prepares to launch its own streaming service. Talks between the two companies are exclusive, and it is possible that negotiations could break down, some of the people said. Financial...

By Ben Munson December 23, 2019 | Together, HBO Max and Peacock will shake up the streaming video industry in 2020 by virtue of the massive resources their parent companies (AT&T and Comcast, respectively) have to invest toward their success. Individually, they could have varying impacts on the SVOD and AVOD markets. The goal posts are moved for HBO Max before it...

by james pearce November 8, 2019| In 10 years, an entire industry can undergo transformation. Look at the impact the iPhone had when it launched just over a decade ago – it upended the technology and telecoms markets, and the media market too, driving the world to a more data-driven, mobile-centric view. For filmmakers, the challenges of the coming decade will include adopting...

By Gerry Smith November 8, 2019 | A coalition that includes Netflix Inc., HBO and cable-industry titans is stepping up efforts to crack down on password sharing, discussing new measures to close a loophole that could be costing companies billions of dollars in lost revenue each year. Read more on Bloomberg related articles: Netflix tracks shows by measuring ‘starters,’ ‘watchers,’ and ‘completers’ [The Verge] Reed...

By Jon Lafayette November 8, 2019 | Nielsen Holdings said that it plans to split into two separate companies by spinning off its Global Connect business from its media measurement business. The decision comes as the result of a strategic review that was conducted under pressure from large shareholders as the company's stock price declined. Read more on Multichannel News. Related Articles Global OTT Revenue Jumped...

By Gerry Smith November 6, 2019 | Netflix Inc. expects to spend a $15 billion on programming this year, dwarfing its streaming rivals. But it’s just getting started. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said at the DealBook conference that the company’s expenditures on shows and movies will only grow. “We plan on taking spend up quite a bit,” he said Wednesday at the New...

By Erik Gruenwedel November 7, 2019| AMC Theatres is digging deeper into home entertainment. The world’s largest theatrical chain on Nov. 7 disclosed it plans to start selling AMC Networks movies on its digital platform, AMC Theatres On Demand. Hailed as the first-ever cross platform marketing partnership between theatrical and home entertainment distributors, AMC said the movies (including RLJ Entertainment titles) can be purchased...