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BY DADE HAYES January 08, 2019 | Overall home entertainment spending by U.S. consumers climbed 11.5% in 2018 to a record $23.3 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry consortium. Announcing the preliminary annual figures during CES, the DEG noted an especially strong fourth quarter, when spending increased 13% to $6.3 billion. With physical sales and rentals of DVD and Blu-ray discs...

Above | DEG's Amy Jo Smith with Ron Geller of Dolby.   Contact: Bekah Sturm Bekah@degonline.org Leadership chooses Dolby Vision as new Emiel N. Petrone Innovation  in Entertainment Technology Award winner  LAS VEGAS (Jan. 8, 2019) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group will use its annual reception at CES here on January 8 to showcase its Achievement Awards honoring the best 4K UHD hardware and software products released during calendar 2018. Dolby Vision will also be honored by DEG leadership with the DEG Emiel N. Petrone Innovation in Entertainment Technology Award.   DEG: Emiel N. Petrone Innovation in Entertainment...

By Andreas Wiseman JANUARY 7, 2019 | IMAX is rolling out its ‘Enhanced’ home ent content via partnerships with streamers Tencent Video (China), FandangoNow (U.S.) and Rakuten TV (Europe), and device partners Arcam, Elite, Integra, Lexicon, Onkyo, Pioneer, TCL and Trinnov. Among first movies made available in the program will be Sony’s Venom and Alpha. Content is due to roll out on streaming services and...

By Eric Newcomer January 4, 2019| Buzzy original thrillers like “Bird Box,” or choose-your-own-adventure gambits like “Bandersnatch” aren’t cheap. And as Netflix’s public profile has climbed, so have its losses. Analysts predict that the company will report about $3 billion in negative cash flow for 2018, up from $2 billion in the previous year. Fans of wildly expensive, high-quality television should hope...

BY JULIA ALEXANDER December 30, 2018 |Netflix announced on December 28 that more than 45 million accounts watched its Netflix original horror movie, Bird Box, in seven days, making it a record breaking debut for the streaming service — but considering Netflix rarely specifies what its data means, it was difficult to gauge what that number meant.  It’s also unclear from Netflix’s tweet how many people...

BY DADE HAYES December 28, 2018 | A&E’s Live PD is finishing 2018 as the most-viewed show of the year on OTT platforms as well as via VOD and DVR, according to a survey of smart-TV data by Inscape. A subsidiary of smart-TV maker Vizio, Inscape surveys viewing across some nine million households, spanning all demographics and geographic areas. Read more on Deadline. Related Articles: comScore, Hulu Team For New...

By Brian Crecente December 21, 2018 | When “Aquaman” hits theaters Friday it will do so riding a wave of publicity from an unusual place: the massively popular lo-fi, Lego-like game-creation platform “Roblox.” With more than 80 million monthly active users, “Roblox” popularity as both a place to create and play games is well established. But it wasn’t until earlier this year, that...

BY: NOEL MURRAY December 14, 2018 | Some of 2018’s best home video releases felt like artifacts from an earlier era, when every year we could look forward to big boxes of cultural ephemera, exhaustively annotated and collected on shiny little discs. These sets were welcome throwbacks — the best Blu-ray and DVD gifts of 2018-- and a reminder of why physical...

BY NELLIE ANDREEVA December 18, 2018 | In a lighthearted, self-deprecating holiday note to staff (aka residents of NBCU-ville), written as a Dr. Seuss-style poem, NBCUniversal's Steve Burke mostly celebrated the company’s achievements, like landing Sky, while also recounting some setbacks, like losing the bidding war for the Fox assets to Disney. During 2018 our businesses mostly rocked, But it did not feel at...

By Erik Gruenwedel December 13, 2018 | Longtime Disney home entertainment executive Janice Marinelli has been promoted to president, global content sales and distribution as part of planned management changes following the media giant’s $71 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Marinelli, who had been president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, reports to Kevin Mayer, chairman of The Walt...