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Seth Rogen's 'An American Pickle' will bow on HBO Max in August. By Dade Hayes May 13, 2020 | When Disney and Apple undercut Netflix, pricing their new streaming services in the single-digit dollars per month, they shook up the market and reset consumer expectations. HBO Max, which WarnerMedia will launch on May 27, is playing the opposite end of the market. It will retail...

By Dade Hayes May 6, 2020 | Stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 drove digital home entertainment sales to an all-time record level in March, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, a trade consortium. Total spending on digital transactions, including electronic sell-through and video on demand, reached $596 million, up 48% over March 2019. Theatrical films rose 57% in EST and 67% on VOD during the month. Read more...

By Erich Schwartzel April 30, 2020 |The shutdown of Hollywood is disrupting the Disney+ pipeline. Walt Disney Co. ’s flagship streaming service is getting a big boost from subscribers stuck at home because of widespread stay-at-home orders, but several of the biggest releases headed to the platform have had production halted amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. To keep subscribers hooked, Disney has moved...

By Erich Schwartzel April 28, 2020 | LOS ANGELES—Last month, as the nation’s movie theaters were days from closing down, executives at Comcast Corp. ’s Universal Pictures moved on a decision that would soon pay off handsomely. A massive marketing campaign was already under way for the studio’s April 10 release, “Trolls World Tour,” an animated sequel to the 2016 hit. The studio decided not...

By David Sims April 22, 2020 | The global economy is plummeting in response to the coronavirus. Whole industries are frozen, and businesses such as movie theaters are facing months of lost revenue. But at least one company is thriving in a time when people are being urged to stay home: Netflix. Yesterday, the streaming service announced a staggering rise in subscriptions during the first quarter of...

By Natalie Jarvey April 20, 2020 | The deal will allow the NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing company to bolster its 4-year-old digital movie marketplace, FandangoNow. NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy streaming video service Vudu from Walmart. The deal will allow Fandango to bolster its 4-year-old digital movie marketplace, FandangoNow. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the...

WB's 'Contagion' is the industry's top catalog title this year. By Stephanie Prange April 16, 2020 | The growth in the home entertainment and games businesses have been “one of the few bright spots” in the COVID-19 pandemic, said Jim Wuthrich, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Games. He presented numbers from Warner research showing the growth in home entertainment spending after...

By Natalie Jarvey April 14, 2020 | Starting Wednesday, millions of Comcast customers sheltering at home will gain access to a trove of 15,000 hours of TV shows and movies. The telecom giant’s NBCUniversal division is previewing its new streaming service, Peacock, three months ahead of its national rollout in what will be the first true test of how the coronavirus...

By Kelly Gilblom and Emily Chang April 14, 2020 | Quibi Holdings LLC, the upstart streaming service designed for smartphones, plans to let customers watch its shows the old-fashioned way: on television screens. The option may be available in less than six months, Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. Quibi shows, made with big-name talent like Steven...