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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...

By Sahil Patel April 27, 2018 |  The dream still isn’t dead. After a recent downswing in the video market for TV-quality shortform video series, there is renewed optimism among video makers as the top streaming giants experiment with this type of content. Now, video makers ranging from digital studios to publishers see an opportunity to sell and create shortform shows for the big...

By Paul Bond, Pamela McClintock April 26, 2018 | MoviePass, The subscription service famous for supplying a movie ticket per day for just $9.95 a month hasn’t been offering that wildly popular package since April 13, when it decided to slash it to just four tickets a month. The new offering, which also includes iHeartRadio All Access (normally $9.99 a month), is being...

By Carolyn Giardina , Pamela McClintock April 24, 2018 | There's a radical idea being proposed about the future of cinema that's being debated this week in Las Vegas: putting LED screens in theaters (effectively large video walls) as a replacement for projection, which is how movies have been shown since the birth of the art form. National Association of Theatre Owners head John...

By Ryan Faughnder and Meg James April 24, 2018 | The surprising box-office success of "A Quiet Place," a low-budget movie about a family under attack from creatures who hunt by sound, could hardly have come at a better time for Paramount Pictures and its chief executive, Jim Gianopulos. A year after the veteran Hollywood executive took on the monumental task of reviving Paramount following...