Industry News

By Erik Gruenwedel December 13, 2018 | Longtime Disney home entertainment executive Janice Marinelli has been promoted to president, global content sales and distribution as part of planned management changes following the media giant’s $71 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Marinelli, who had been president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, reports to Kevin Mayer, chairman of The Walt...

By Brian Raferty December 12, 2018 | Within the small but thriving community of Blu-ray enthusiasts, the answers to that question tend to vary. Some are drawn to Blu-ray because of the unsatisfying video quality of streaming films; for others, it’s the sheer joy of tactile pop-culture paraphernalia, as some small-label discs come with elaborate packaging and hours of extras. “Customers...

By Rani Molla December 6, 2018 | Following Netflix’s lead, nearly every major video company is moving into the streaming media business. And that means also moving their content off Netflix and onto their own services. Disney — along with its soon-to-be purchased Fox — is launching its streaming service, Disney+, next year and pulling its content, including Pixar and Marvel films, from Netflix. The combined...

By Stephanie Prange December 4, 2018 | In the kaleidoscope of business models and formats that make up the home entertainment business, there are some brighter lights. To those not familiar with the home entertainment business, 4K UHD with HDR and EST may be alphabet soup, but they are the industry stars for those in the know. EST, or electronic sell-through, is the industry term for digital purchases...

BY TODD SPANGLER November 30, 2018 |Disney might be set to gain even more control over Hulu: AT&T said it is considering selling WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in the streaming venture — which is worth as much as $930 million — as part of shedding nonstrategic assets to pay down its massive debt load. AT&T execs made the comments at the telco’s investor day briefing Thursday. It’s potentially looking to...

BY REBECCA KEEGAN November 27, 2018 | Paramount and A24 agreeing to produce original films for the digital giants represents an about-face in the traditional pecking order and signals a major shift in the entertainment industry. In the future, when we chart the year the movie business changed, we may thank — or blame — Noah Centineo. That’s because the square-jawed heartthrob’s teen romantic...

By Ben Munson November 19, 2018 | Powered by its holiday programming push, streaming service Hallmark Movies Now has attracted more than 500,000 subscribers. Crown Media Family Networks is giving credit for its streaming service’s growth to the kick off of its “Movies and Mistletoe” programming event that began on Oct. 29. The company said that since that time it has seen a...

By Michelle Clancy November 16, 2018 | The Walt Disney Co plans to take the Hulu Live service global, once its acquisition deal with 21st Century Fox is finalised. That nugget was revealed during Disney’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call this week, along with plans to expand the streaming service’s original programming and possibly hike subscription prices. Read more on Rapid TV News.   Related Articles: Hulu Losses...

By Todd Spangler November 9, 2018 | One year after its debut, Movies Anywhere, the free-to-download app and service for digital movies owned and run by Disney in partnership with four other studios, has garnered nearly 6 million users who have added more than 150 million purchased movies to their collections. All told, MA users have streamed more than 1 billion minutes of over 35 million movies, across...