D2C News

By Joe Flint September 17, 2019 | Comcast Corp.’s new streaming service, called “Peacock,” will debut in April with a slate of original programming featuring stars like Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore, in addition to exclusive streaming rights to popular NBC staples from “Parks and Recreation” to “The Office.” Because Comcast is the nation’s largest cable operator, it needs to balance its desire...

By Lesley Goldberg September 17, 2019 | In what is easily a record-setting five-year deal, HBO Max has secured the exclusive domestic streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory. As part of the deal with Warner Bros. Television, the multicamera comedy, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, has also extended its syndication deal with TBS and will air on the WarnerMedia-owned...

By Sara Rathner September 16, 2019 | When it comes to credit card rewards, it’s not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and streaming subscriptions. The trend toward streaming rewards, in particular, is hard to miss, with cards from American Express, Chase and Wells Fargo now featuring streaming as...

By Natalie Jarvey September 10, 2019 | Apple is revealing more details about its long-gestating streaming service.  The tech giant on Tuesday announced that its subscription service TV+ will launch Nov. 1, offering originals like the Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starrer The Morning Show for $5 per month for a family subscription. That's significantly cheaper than offerings from Netflix ($13 per month for the...

By Daniel Frankel September 2, 2019 | The global over-the-top video distribution market grew its revenue by 33% last year, reaching $68 billion, according to figures released by Digital TV Research.  Global OTT revenue was more than double the $30 billion generated in 2016. OTT revenue reached $26.8 million in the U.S. last year, vs. $20.3 billion in 2017 and $15.6 billion...

By Julia Alexander August 29, 2019 | Streaming subscribers became accustomed to binging shows. But powerhouses like Disney, Apple, and Hulu are looking to change the game again by taking the opposite strategy with their streaming services. If Netflix turned patience into a forgotten virtue, its competitors are trying to bring it back. At Disney’s biannual D23 Expo executives revealed that episodes on the...

By Janko Roettgers August 29, 2019 | Get ready for yet another ad-supported video service: Media center app maker Plex is gearing up to add free movies and TV shows to its app, starting with content from Warner Bros. Plex announced a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution Thursday, which will allow it to add a still-unspecified amount of the studio’s movie catalog to...

By Paul Bond August 13, 2019 | Media Networks is Disney's largest business, but it is forecast to grow just 14 percent over the next five years as cord-cutting takes its toll, courtesy of streamers like the one Disney will launch, says Michael Morris of Guggenheim Securities. In the same five years, Disney's smallest segment, Direct-to-Consumer and International, is expected to...

By Rebecca Keegan August 9, 2019 | Netflix has been evolving its public policy strategies in recent months to align itself more with Hollywood and less with Silicon Valley, a shift driven by the streamer's maturation into a full-fledged film and TV studio, by its international expansion and by the intense scrutiny Washington is now applying to the tech companies. In...

By Ben Munson August 9, 2019 | Pitting Netflix against Disney in a good old-fashioned donnybrook for the U.S. streaming market is good fun, but not a realistic depiction of the industry. At least, not until the Disney+ bundle showed up. This week Disney+ confirmed its long-speculated streaming service bundle, which will include Disney+ (launching Nov. 12), Hulu with ads and ESPN+ for $12.99...