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(Above) Licensee Mattel sells 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' toys on its website.   Jurassic World was the number one growing license, driven by a coordinated product release schedule around  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom May 20, 2019 | License popularity ebbs and flows in the ever-evolving entertainment industry. Here at NPD, we have more insight than ever to see the details of these license...

5G networks that promise fast downlink rates and super low latency will be important when AR/VR experiences are integrated into video content May 6, 2019 | 5G is one of the hottest buzz words in the tech world with every vertical industry working to determine how these super-fast networks will impact their business models – once they go live. The entertainment industry...

April 25, 2019 | BTI Studios is the world's fastest growing localization company, providing dubbing,subtitling, and access services in any language. As digital distribution of movie and TV showsgrows around the globe, both content owners and aggregators such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are translating content at a rapid rate and into more languages than ever before. "Stories, no matter what  language they were...

With all eyes on the monthly pricing of Disney+ relative to (more expensive) Netflix, analyst Michael Nathanson takes a look at Netflix content and what viewers like about it [caption id="attachment_6348" align="alignleft" width="200"] Michael Nathanson | Moffett Nathanson[/caption] April 8, 2019 | As Disney+,  Apple and WarnerMedia launch new direct to consumer products in 2019, the single most fascinating subject for media...

AI complements rather than replaces essential human tasks in M&E businesses April 8, 2019 | Over the past year, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly relevant to the media and entertainment industry. While the importance and utility of AI across the media industry are growing, the nature and potential of AI are not necessarily generally understood. [caption id="attachment_6844" align="alignright"...

(Above) Within content companies, consumer products and distribution groups now must be aligned, particularly around streaming windows.   Consumers have already democratized entertainment, defining it more broadly than ever before April 1, 2019 | It’s not only Disney and Fox that are becoming one. Entertainment encompasses a broader definition than ever before. The original perspective that entertainment came from your television or at...

(Above) Source: The NPD Group, The DTC Video Landscape   Affordability is the No. 1 reason that consumers subscribe to a la carte TV channels, but the ability to get only the content they want is also important March 4, 2019 | Direct-to-consumer (DTC) is an evolving U.S. retail trend with startups such as Warby Parker and manufacturers like Harry’s Shave Club seizing...

Above | CuriosityStream makes some content available outside the pay-wall.   There is reason to believe viewer interests will remain as broad in DTC as they are with traditional TV  January 28, 2019 | The battle to become an anchor tenant in the entertainment bundle of most people will intensify in 2019. When Disney and WarnerMedia join Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu, it will be even harder for smaller direct-to-consumer (DTC) services to be seen by their intended audience. Does that...

Dissecting Disney’s closed, and AT&T’s more open, OTT content strategies  [caption id="attachment_6348" align="alignleft" width="200"] Michael Nathanson | Moffett Nathanson[/caption] January 28, 2019 | 2018 will go down as the year in which some of the largest traditional media companies started to show their cards vis-a-vis their over-the-top (OTT) distribution strategies. With three large-scale mergers (AT&T-TWX, Disney-Fox, and Comcast-Sky) either complete or nearing completion,...