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By Dawn C. Chmielewski May 16, 2018 | MGM its working to reposition the also-ran subscription service Epix into a legitimate competitor to other premium pay TV channels and streaming services.  “At the time acquired Epix from our joint-venture partners three things were true: it was under-distributed, it was under-subscribed and it was under- monetized,” Chief Operating Officer Chris Brearton old investors during MGM’s first quarter investor...

By Stephanie Prange May 14, 2018 | Warner Bros. has promoted Jim Wuthrich to president of worldwide home entertainment and games. Wuthrich will report to Ron Sanders, president of worldwide theatrical distribution and home entertainment. David Haddad, who serves as president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will now report to Wuthrich. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Warner Bros. Digital Networks Taps Patty Hirsh to...

By Adrianne Pasquarelli May 9, 2018 | Best Buy is tapping its own 100,000 blue-shirted employees as the stars of its new marketing campaign, a rebranding effort designed to highlight the retailer's personalized customer service. On Wednesday, the Minneapolis-based electronics chain is rolling out a new website and logo, and will air TV spots later this week. Read more on AdAge....

By Mark Sweney May 7, 2018 | The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have held discussions about joining forces to create a British streaming service to combat the increasing power of Netflix and Amazon in the UK. The early-stage talks, which are also understood to involve NBC Universal, the US TV and film group that owns the maker of Downton Abbey, are focusing on how...

By Lucas Shaw, Gerry Smith and Mark Gurman May 9, 2018 | For the first time, Apple plans to begin selling subscriptions to certain video services directly via its  TV app, rather than asking users to subscribe to them through apps individually downloaded from the App Store, according to people familiar with the matter. This would simplify the process and bolster Apple’s TV...

By Anousha Sakoui May 8, 2018 | The clock may be ticking for MoviePass Inc. and owner Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. Helios & Matheson said in a filing Tuesday that it had just $15.5 million in cash at the end of April, and the firm has been going through about $21.7 million a month. It also has $27.9 million on deposit with merchant processors. Read more...

By Eric Guenwedel May 6, 2018 | NEWS ANALYSIS – When Apple last year announced it would start selling access to 4K Ultra HD movies (at the same price as HD) on Apple TV through iTunes, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment was not among participating studios. With Disney relinquishing (some) control in the rebranding of the Movies Anywhere digital platform, retail member Vudu.com...

By Stephanie Prange May 2, 2018 | Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality have been the new buzzwords in the home entertainment business for the past few years, but the hype is starting to meet reality (the real one) when it comes to the money-making prospects for these new formats in the entertainment realm. That was the consensus at the “Next Up:...

By Jeff Prince and Shane Greenstein April 24, 2018 |  Users have always wanted to save money on their subscriptions, for example, so price is a factor. Delivery method and technology matter too. But perhaps most important is original content, which some industry insiders believe can and does drive streaming subscriptions. Consistent with this belief is the recent trend of streaming content providers investing...

By Mathias Döpfner April 28, 2018 | Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, recently sat down with  CEO Jeff Bezos to talk about the early days of creating Amazon, what he's learned since then, how he funds his rocket company, Blue Origin, and what it's like when the president of the United States is your biggest critic. The sit-down...