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By Todd Spangler July 31, 2018 | Sony teamed with Netflix to develop a new line of 4K Ultra HD TVs the companies claim will reproduce video from the streaming-video service exactly how filmmakers intended. For the new TVs, Sony and Netflix collaborated on a new display mode that the companies say make them the optimal way to view Netflix streaming content. The new Bravia Master series of 4K Ultra...

By Tara Lachapelle July 25, 2018 | No, AT&T probably isn’t going to ruin HBO. John Stankey, the longtime AT&T Inc. executive appointed to run its recently acquired Time Warner division (now called WarnerMedia), caused quite a stir this month in his and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s early days as media moguls. The New York Times got its hands on a recording of Stankey speaking alongside HBO...

By Todd Spangler July 23, 2018 | Sony Pictures Television is looking to sell a piece of Crackle, with the aim of growing revenue at the free, ad-supported streaming network and making it more competitive. Mike Hopkins, the former Hulu chief who joined Sony Pictures Television as chairman last fall, outlined the potential move to bring in an equity partner for Sony Crackle in a memo to staff...

By Todd Spangler June 20, 2018 | Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut its first virtual-reality short film next month, marking a new experiment by a major studio to use the power of VR to enhance storytelling. The short film, “Cycles,” is directed by Disney Animation lighting artist Jeff Gipson, marking his VR directorial debut. Read more on Variety. Related Articles: Next UP “Alternate Realities” | How...

By Todd Spangler July 19, 2018 | Walmart is in fact looking at entering the subscription-video space to compete with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, sources confirmed — and the retailing giant is planning to launch the service through its Vudu digital-entertainment division, Variety has learned. Vudu has set plans to launch a low-cost subscription video-on-demand package in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to sources. The SVOD service would...

By Stephanie Prange July 16, 2018 | Trade publication Media Play News chose 12 "captains" of the industry to profile in its inaugural  Women in Home Entertainment issue, out this week. Among those it puts in the spotlight: (above, l. to r.) Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's Jessica Schell, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Lexine Wong, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Julia Howe, Movies...

By Joe Pompeo July 15, 2018 | As a result of the never-ending AT&T-Time Warner combination, John Stankey has gone from being Richard Plepler’s suitor to becoming his boss. (On Thursday, despite the deal’s closure, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal a federal verdict that approved the sale.) Subsequently, the media world has become endlessly fascinated by how a...

By Greg Tarr July 13, 2018 | Despite some early challenges, shipments of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players continued to climb at significant rates over the first half of 2018, according to data from two prominent consumer A/V market research firms. Stephen Baker, technology business analyst for the Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group, said that so far Ultra HD Blu-ray player sales increased...

By Pamela McClintock July 11, 2018 | Summer box office is booming, yet for the first time in two decades, Warner Bros. is largely taking a vacation. Sony Pictures and Paramount, which traditionally have competed heavily in the warm-weather blockbuster season, have generated just 2.2 percent and 4.2 percent of domestic market share, respectively, from May 4 to July 8, with only...

By Michael Rapoport July 8, 2018 | Is it a TV show or a really long movie? In the streaming, binge-watching era, the line between the two has gotten blurry—and that could eventually help nudge earnings upward at companies like Amazon.com Inc. and 21st Century Fox Inc.  Accounting rule makers have tentatively agreed that companies should account for their costs of producing TV shows in the same...