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By Todd Spangler May 25, 2020 | Consumers have never had more options for streaming entertainment directly to their TVs, smartphones or computers. Which video streaming services are the best? Players jostling for share in the crowded subscription-video landscape include Netflix, Disney’s Disney Plus and Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, and (starting this week) HBO Max. Which of these is the “best” SVOD service, of course, is a subjective...

By Lucas Shaw May 17, 2020 | Quibi is off to a rough start.  Don’t take it from me, take it from Quibi's co-founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg. The video app signed up fewer people than it expected in its first month, it failed to account for features those few users would want and it produced "daily essential" programs that are not essential. In an interview with...

By Tom Dotan May 14, 2020 | The Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service may be the best thing going right now at the struggling entertainment giant, which is facing a once-in-a-generation crisis that has ravaged its movie, theme park and cruise businesses. But the company hasn’t spared the division that includes the fast-growing service—Disney+—from the frugality it has imposed on...

By Erich Schwartzel April 30, 2020 |The shutdown of Hollywood is disrupting the Disney+ pipeline. Walt Disney Co. ’s flagship streaming service is getting a big boost from subscribers stuck at home because of widespread stay-at-home orders, but several of the biggest releases headed to the platform have had production halted amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. To keep subscribers hooked, Disney has moved...

By Todd Spangler April 24, 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic could be a major inflection point that changes consumer behaviors for years. Over the past month and a half, streaming to the TV viewing has more than doubled in the U.S. — and with the current stay-at-home lifestyle, more Americans say they expect to keep watching more TV and streaming services after the coronavirus crisis...

By Natalie Jarvey April 20, 2020 | The deal will allow the NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing company to bolster its 4-year-old digital movie marketplace, FandangoNow. NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy streaming video service Vudu from Walmart. The deal will allow Fandango to bolster its 4-year-old digital movie marketplace, FandangoNow. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the...

By Kelly Gilblom and Emily Chang April 14, 2020 | Quibi Holdings LLC, the upstart streaming service designed for smartphones, plans to let customers watch its shows the old-fashioned way: on television screens. The option may be available in less than six months, Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. Quibi shows, made with big-name talent like Steven...

By Georg Szalai April 9, 2020 | With The Walt Disney Co. late Wednesday disclosing that its streaming service Disney+ has surpassed the 50 million paid subscriber milestone globally, several Wall Street analysts highlighted that the streamer was performing ahead of expectations and bringing the Hollywood giant some much-needed positive news amid the coronavirus pandemic. "With Disney+ set to launch imminently in some of...

By Jill Goldsmith April 7, 2020 | Walt Disney executive chairman Bob Iger told Barron’s there may be a few movies after Artemis Fowl that jump directly onto Disney+ as the coronavirus pandemic keeps movie theaters shuttered. “In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films,...

By Daniel Fienberg April 6, 2020 | Quibi is either launching at exactly the wrong time or exactly the right time. The entire model of the shortform programming streamer founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman was built around providing viewers with "quick bites" — the name, pronounced "Qui-Bee," therefore really ought to be "Qui-Bye" — of drama, comedy, unscripted content and news...