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By Todd Spangler January 10, 2019 | Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch.  The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. An IMDb rep declined to say how many titles are initially available, other...

BY TODD SPANGLER January 10, 2019 | Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch. The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. An IMDb rep declined to say how many titles...

By Andreas Wiseman JANUARY 7, 2019 | IMAX is rolling out its ‘Enhanced’ home ent content via partnerships with streamers Tencent Video (China), FandangoNow (U.S.) and Rakuten TV (Europe), and device partners Arcam, Elite, Integra, Lexicon, Onkyo, Pioneer, TCL and Trinnov. Among first movies made available in the program will be Sony’s Venom and Alpha. Content is due to roll out on streaming services and...

By Eric Newcomer January 4, 2019| Buzzy original thrillers like “Bird Box,” or choose-your-own-adventure gambits like “Bandersnatch” aren’t cheap. And as Netflix’s public profile has climbed, so have its losses. Analysts predict that the company will report about $3 billion in negative cash flow for 2018, up from $2 billion in the previous year. Fans of wildly expensive, high-quality television should hope...

BY JULIA ALEXANDER December 30, 2018 |Netflix announced on December 28 that more than 45 million accounts watched its Netflix original horror movie, Bird Box, in seven days, making it a record breaking debut for the streaming service — but considering Netflix rarely specifies what its data means, it was difficult to gauge what that number meant.  It’s also unclear from Netflix’s tweet how many people...

BY DADE HAYES December 28, 2018 | A&E’s Live PD is finishing 2018 as the most-viewed show of the year on OTT platforms as well as via VOD and DVR, according to a survey of smart-TV data by Inscape. A subsidiary of smart-TV maker Vizio, Inscape surveys viewing across some nine million households, spanning all demographics and geographic areas. Read more on Deadline. Related Articles: comScore, Hulu Team For New...

By Ben Munson December 26, 2018 | Both Disney+ and the WarnerMedia streaming service are launching in the back half of 2019. Disney+ is planning to roll plenty of library content—including its popular Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films—in with original films and series on its service. WarnerMedia is betting subscribers will pay for access to Warner Bros.’ deep archive of films and...

BY: NOEL MURRAY December 14, 2018 | Some of 2018’s best home video releases felt like artifacts from an earlier era, when every year we could look forward to big boxes of cultural ephemera, exhaustively annotated and collected on shiny little discs. These sets were welcome throwbacks — the best Blu-ray and DVD gifts of 2018-- and a reminder of why physical...

By Natalie Jarvey December 18, 2018 | In March, the onetime Clear Channel Interactive CEO was promoted to run Disney's newly created direct-to-consumer and international division that houses ESPN+, the upcoming Disney+ streaming service and a soon-to-be majority stake in Hulu, effectively putting him in charge of the 95-year-old company's future and fueling speculation that he could succeed Iger when the CEO...

BY NELLIE ANDREEVA December 18, 2018 | In a lighthearted, self-deprecating holiday note to staff (aka residents of NBCU-ville), written as a Dr. Seuss-style poem, NBCUniversal's Steve Burke mostly celebrated the company’s achievements, like landing Sky, while also recounting some setbacks, like losing the bidding war for the Fox assets to Disney. During 2018 our businesses mostly rocked, But it did not feel at...