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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...

By George Szalai January 7, 2020 | Walt Disney's streaming business, including the recently launched Disney+ as well as Hulu and ESPN+, is being valued by the stock market at more than $100 billion, Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar estimates. The Barclays analyst in a Monday report estimated the enterprise value of Disney’s core business, including its movie, networks and theme parks operations, at...

Above: Sharing a stage at the UHD Alliance's Filmmaker Mode press conference Jan. 6 are, from left, Makoto Morise of Panasonic; Ken Lowe of Vizio; Michael Zink and Mike Fidler, chairman and president, respectively, of the UHD Alliance; Nandhu Nandhakumar of LG Electronics; and Bill Mandel of Samsung. By Stephanie Prange January 6, 2020 | Three Hollywood guilds, the Film Foundation, consumer...

By Dade Hayes, Nellie Andreeva, Dominic Patten December 31, 2019 | Hollywood’s unofficial wake-up call came on February 1, 2013, when Netflix dropped the first season of House of Cards in a single, binge-able chunk. While that distinctive release pattern hasn’t yet become the official norm — many new rivals to Netflix insist on the traditional episode-at-a-time approach — the whole gestalt...

By Chaim Gartenberg December 31, 2019 | The Witcher has everything it needs to be Netflix’s next success: popular source material, a massive marketing campaign, a well-received performance by Henry Cavill, and an iconic meme in the form of the hit song “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.” Yet, while certainly popular, it doesn’t seem like The Witcher is going to become...

By Erik Hayden December 17, 2019 | A new survey of Disney+ subscribers suggests that the most-viewed content category on the platform isn't new originals but its library of vault classics like The Lion King and Mary Poppins. Roughly 22 percent of Disney+ subscribers among all age groups say they watch classics the most on the platform, topping those who cite Star Wars (21 percent), Marvel (15 percent),...

By Ryan Vlastelica December 10, 2019 | Netflix Inc. was downgraded to the equivalent of a sell at Needham, which reiterated its view that the video-streaming company was at risk of losing millions of U.S. customers in 2020 given rising competition, including from low-cost rivals. The company “must add a second, lower priced, service to compete with Disney+, Apple+, Hulu, CBS All Access and...

By Scott Roxborough December 2, 2019 | Netflix's strategy of working with, not competing against, major pay-TV operators, is paying off, according to a study published Monday by media research group Ampere Analysis.  The report finds that Netflix has theoretical access to more than 300 million pay-TV households worldwide, almost double the company's current global subscriber base of 158 million, thanks to an...