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(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,...

Above: Even with a steep drop in new platform launches since 2015, relatively few have shut down.   Specialty players continue to grow in a landscape of fewer launches, more major media company activity January 28, 2019 | The “Big Three” U.S. SVOD players – Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video – receive a lot of media attention for their original runaway hits (The...

Chart Source: NPD Connected Intelligence, TV Ownership Trends Report   4K ULTRA HD Is Shortening Consumers' TV Replacement Cycle December 3, 2018 | Consumers are increasingly migrating to the biggest and best when buying a new TV, especially when it’s for the primary viewing room – the living room. It all comes down to the factors that drive the decision to replace an existing...

Falling device prices, wider availability of phyiscal and digital content pushes 4K UHD adoption solidly into 'early majority'   By Marcy Magiera | Editor, DEG Long before the Thanksgiving turkeys are hauled home, its seems Americans' minds turn to holiday shopping. For weeks, winter holiday decorations have been popping up in malls and headlines have been written about retailers' plans surrounding Black Friday...

Photo: Charlie Chang   "It’s fantastic for the filmmaker to have a physical media that eliminates the variabilities, the compression and so forth. That’s sort of the gold standard that streaming is going to have to reach." Warner Bros.' Ron Sanders on November 6 presented Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan with the inaugural DEG Vanguard Award during the 4K Ultra HD Summit at...

A Look at What Motivates Consumers to Spend Money on Video Content September 5, 2018 | While broadcast television and the internet offer a wealth of free-to-watch movies, shows and video clips, U.S. consumers aren’t ready to settle if they don’t find something they’re truly interested in. And that means they’re freely opening their wallets for streaming and downloadable content, to subscribe...

THREE PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF CONTENT PAYMENTS August 13, 2018 | For five years, I’ve been a sort of “honeybee” in the world of payments for content owners and rights holders in television, film, video games, sports and elsewhere. It’s been fun and illuminating to flit from company to company to work on payment terms and related issues with more...