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By Michael Lev-Ram September 23, 2019 | To address this new challenge, Netflix has assembled a team of veteran content developers who bear little resemblance to the typical C-suite crew sitting around a Silicon Valley conference room. Most of them have joined Netflix just in the past few years and were poached from the traditional Hollywood ecosystem. They present a diverse range of...

By Henry Chu September 20, 2019 | After dominating the subscription streaming scene for so long, Netflix is girding for a new phase in the SVOD wars with the entry of more deep-pocketed players like Disney and Apple, CEO Reed Hastings said in addressing the streamer wars on Friday. “While we’ve been competing with many people in the last decade, it’s a...

By Tara LaChapelle | Bloomberg Opinion September 13, 2019 | Apple Inc. is getting ready to launch its own streaming-video service, Apple TV+, in the coming weeks. Compared to Netflix and other rival offerings, the new app will feature a rather skimpy lineup of viewing choices. That’s reigniting the will-they/won’t-they debate around Apple and the handful of Hollywood studios that look...

By Daniel Frankel September 2, 2019 | The global over-the-top video distribution market grew its revenue by 33% last year, reaching $68 billion, according to figures released by Digital TV Research.  Global OTT revenue was more than double the $30 billion generated in 2016. OTT revenue reached $26.8 million in the U.S. last year, vs. $20.3 billion in 2017 and $15.6 billion...

By Caroline Giardina [caption id="attachment_8177" align="alignright" width="600"] Director Rian Johnson spoke about Filmmaker Mode at a UHDA press conference.[/caption] August 27, 2019 | Leading directors including Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins and Rian Johnson have teamed up with the UHD Alliance — a coalition whose members include Hollywood studios and consumer electronics manufacturers — to introduce a new "Filmmaker...

By Thomas K. Arnold August 18, 2019 | For the second year, Media Play News is saluting the top women in home entertainment, with a special focus on the 10 “captains” who are driving the business — as selected by a panel of studio executives, key retailers, journalists and other industry leaders. Our “captains” span a broad range of the home entertainment spectrum. We...

By Dade Hayes July 29, 2019 | AMC Networks, whose streaming past was marked by Netflix deals that helped build cornerstone shows like Breaking Bad, has been charting its streaming future with four increasingly viable direct-to-consumer streaming services. None of the outlets is a mass-audience juggernaut, but that’s never been the plan. As a portfolio they have grown steadily and offer the company more options for...

by Ryan Faughnder July 26, 2019 | Walt Disney Co.'s photo-realistic version of “The Lion King” is expected to continue to dominate the multiplex this weekend after already collecting about $729 million in global receipts. But the technologically innovative film’s impact could go well beyond the box office. “The Lion King’s” unusual production techniques, including its use of video game technology and...

by Dade Hayes July 24, 2019 | AT&T has scheduled its big reveal of HBO Max details — presumably covering pricing, subscription features and product demos — for the afternoon of October 29 on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. CEO Randall Stephenson also said live sports and news will be elements in the streaming service. Turner Sports has carried NBA games as well as...

By Bijan Stephen July 23, 2019 | Have you heard about the best new streaming platform on the internet? It’s totally customizable, works on any device, and, best of all, is basically free. The only problem — and, I mean, come on, it’s barely a problem — is that it might be illegal, depending on how you use it. (In other words, depending on...