D2C News

By Lucas Shaw August 9, 2020 | Kilar made his first major move Friday, dismissing three of his chief deputies and restructuring the company to focus on the HBO Max streaming service. The 49-year-old CEO spoke with Bloomberg News over the weekend about competing with Netflix, the future of the movie business and his fight with Amazon. You just fired three of your top...

By Lucas Shaw July 26, 2020 | In October of last year, I wrote a preview of four new streaming services from some of the world's largest companies, the onset of the so-called streaming wars. That term has proven to be something of a misnomer since the biggest dispute is between streaming services and distributors like Roku and Amazon, not between individual services. But now that all four...

By Rick Porter July 20, 2020 | More than 90 percent of people ages 13 to 54 use at least one streaming service, a study from Hulu finds — but they don't use those services in any single way. Hulu calls that cohort "Generation Stream" in a report it has released called "Unpacking the Streaming Experience." It looks at the way people use streaming...

July 16, 2020 | Even by TV industry standards, 2020 has been disruptive, Hub Entertainment Research Founder & Principal Jon Giegengack told attendees at Thursday's DEG Expo | The Evolving D2C Landscape. Factors at work include not only the global COVID-19 pandemic, but also the introduction of new subscription streaming providers and free, ad-supported TV platforms; the evolution of smart...

Shark Week is a longstanding Discovery Channel franchise.   By Jessica Toonkel July 13, 2020 |One of the biggest contingents of Amazon alumni—around 100—has defected to TV firm Discovery, owner of the Discovery Channel, HGTV and Animal Planet, following a former Amazon Marketplace executive, Peter Faricy. He was hired in 2018 to build a big streaming video group and help Discovery “pivot to...

Board Officers Dan Cohen of ViacomCBS and Jonathan Zepp of Google to discuss the evolving direct-to-consumer ecosystem at DEG Expo virtual event July 16 July 14, 2020 | DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group announced today the officers for its D2C Alliance, which was created to advocate and promote the many benefits provided by the latest direct-to-consumer streaming services. DEG’s D2C Alliance, during fiscal...

Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' will be on Peacock. By Todd Spangler July 1, 2020 | Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service that launched nationwide in two weeks, has struck an agreement with ViacomCBS to license Paramount movies and TV shows. Coming to Peacock — on a nonexclusive basis — are series including “Ray Donovan” (starring Liev Schreiber, pictured above), “The Affair,” “Undercover Boss,” “The Game,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and...

By Jessica Toonkel July 1, 2020 | A few weeks ago, WarnerMedia’s new CEO, Jason Kilar, met with a group of executives developing a version of the company’s HBO Max streaming service that would carry commercials. WarnerMedia plans to make this version cheaper than the $15 a month commercial-free offering that debuted last month. After reviewing the plan, Kilar politely told the...

Dave Chappelle is one of the stars Netflix has begun promoting on YouTube. By Lucas Shaw June 28, 2020 | Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings has long portrayed YouTube as his company’s biggest competitor. It is the only online video service in the world that people spend more time using every day than Netflix. Hastings’s fear of YouTube filtered throughout the streaming giant,...

June 17, 2020 | Investment analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson in a new research note explain why their current forecast paints a deflationary picture in video consumer spending going forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what that could mean for sectors including theatrical releases, transactional home entertainment and subscription streaming.The analysts write: While the ultimate economic impact from COVID-19...