Industry News

By Ben Munson February 13, 2020 | Netflix is cozying up closer to Samsung through newly announced deals for content exclusives and deeper device integration. According to TechCrunch, the new deals were announced this week at Samsung’s Unpacked event. Samsung device users will be able to use Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, to launch the Netflix app. Netflix will also generate recommendations for...

By Erik Gruenwedel February 11, 2020 |  Redbox has begun testing an ad-supported live TV service to select users, with plans to roll out the platform nationwide. The national kiosk disc rental chain in 2017 launched a digital rental and sellthough platform. The new ad-supported service is aimed at complementing the company’s digital and packaged-media strategies. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Redbox...

By Edvard Pettersson and Olivia Rockeman February 10, 2020 | A century after the pioneers of Hollywood built their studios here, a new breed of entertainment company is transforming this California town just east of Santa Monica into a hotbed for content. Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.’s HBO are moving into vast office and production spaces in the city of 40,000 over the next few...

By Todd Spangler February 10, 2020 |After Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” made history at the Oscars on Sunday night, picking up four trophies including best picture, the film has risen to the top of Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s sales charts. On Monday morning, the Blu-ray edition of “Parasite” stood as the overall No. 1 best-seller on Amazon’s ranking of movies and TV shows,...

By Kelsey Sutton February  4, 2020 | Marketers say it's a 'mistake' for the streaming service not to consider an ad-supported tier.  Even minimal targeting offerings would be appealing, buyers say. Read more on Adweek. Related Articles: Netflix Must Add Ads or Lose Millions of Users, Needham Says [Bloomberg]...

By Julia Alexander January 31, 2020 | Randy Freer is stepping down from his role as Hulu CEO as Disney moves to consolidate its direct-to-consumer business under its own executives. Part of the decision to roll Hulu’s business operations into Disney’s direct-to-consumer division is to help “rapidly grow our presence outside the US,” according to a company press release. Read more on...

By Rani Molla January 27, 2020 | There’s a lot less stuff on Netflix these days — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. New data shows that Netflix’s library is way smaller than it used to be, but the streaming service’s latest successes with original content suggest that its years-old strategy to move away from licensing content could finally be...

By Veronica Walsingham January 20, 2020 | The day I subscribed to The CW Watch — the new streaming service from The CW — I had to confront the fact that I subscribe to 11 different streaming services. Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Disney+, Peacock, AMC More, the Starz add-on, the Showtime add-on and now The CW...

By T.K. Arnold January 13, 2020 | Consumer spending on home entertainment rose 8.4% to a record $25.2 billion in 2019, spurred by the at-home sector’s biggest growth engine, digital, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Subscription streaming, digital movie sales and digital movie rentals over the Internet all generated significantly more money than they did in 2018, DEG reported. The trade association...