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Above: The holiday shopping period is traditionally a prime time for studios to promote souped-up movies and TV shows for purchase, and this year is no exception: Warner Bros., for example, recently released what it billed as the “ultimate makeover” of “Wizard of Oz” on Ultra HD Blu-ray with 4K resolution. By Todd Longwell December 2, 2019 | Now that the streaming apocalypse is fully...

By Rafi Mohammed November 22, 2019 | Remember the not-so-long ago days when Netflix was the king of streaming services? Back then it was an easy segment for the company to command: “For the pleasure of viewing our content, your only option is to go all-in for our unlimited usage plan.” But today, with so many streaming services available, offering only all-you-can-watch is...

[Above] Warner Bros.' 'The Big Bang Theory' is an example of a catalog TV title that's popular for digital collection as well as streaming. By Marcy Magiera, DEG Editor November 15, 2019 | A thriving consumer market for digital purchases of TV titles can coexist with the rapidly growing streaming business, according to market data gathered and analyzed by Warner Bros. Home...

By Tom Dotan and Kevin McLaughlin November 13, 2019 | Disney’s revelation on Wednesday that it signed up 10 million subscribers for Disney Plus on its first day was as strong an indication as any that it will quickly become a formidable player in the streaming space—and also gave some explanation for its early technical woes. The various glitches were a reminder...

By Tara Lachapelle November 13, 2019 | One major consequence of the streaming wars is that they’ve caused a new kind of consumer frustration. It feels like everything is becoming segregated across various services with their own individual paywalls. That requires knowing which TV programs and movies reside where, having to toggle among those different apps — which isn’t as smooth as simply channel-surfing —...

By Gerry Smith November 6, 2019 | Netflix Inc. expects to spend a $15 billion on programming this year, dwarfing its streaming rivals. But it’s just getting started. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said at the DealBook conference that the company’s expenditures on shows and movies will only grow. “We plan on taking spend up quite a bit,” he said Wednesday at the New...

By Erik Gruenwedel November 7, 2019| AMC Theatres is digging deeper into home entertainment. The world’s largest theatrical chain on Nov. 7 disclosed it plans to start selling AMC Networks movies on its digital platform, AMC Theatres On Demand. Hailed as the first-ever cross platform marketing partnership between theatrical and home entertainment distributors, AMC said the movies (including RLJ Entertainment titles) can be purchased...

By Julia Alexander November 5, 2019 | Disney+ and ESPN+ will run an ad promoting the premium TV channel Starz, The Verge has learned. Disney has agreed to run the ad in exchange for streaming rights to some of its own films, like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which had previously been licensed out to Starz, according to a person familiar with...

By Todd Spangler October 29, 2019 | WarnerMedia revealed that HBO Max will debut in May 2020 in the U.S., marketed heavily through parent company AT&T’s existing customer base. HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s multibillion-dollar bet it can lure consumers into a big new tent at an increasingly crowded streaming bazaar. The new details come just ahead of two other new subscription VOD arrivals — Apple TV Plus (Nov....

By Stephanie Prange October 28, 2019 | The Wizard of Oz has gotten a facelift for its 8oth birthday 4K debut, and it looks better than ever, according to Warner executives. “Never before has a film this old been released in the 4K HDR format,” said George Feltenstein, SVP of theatrical catalog marketing at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, during an Oct. 28 presentation about...