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By Todd Spangler November 9, 2018 | One year after its debut, Movies Anywhere, the free-to-download app and service for digital movies owned and run by Disney in partnership with four other studios, has garnered nearly 6 million users who have added more than 150 million purchased movies to their collections. All told, MA users have streamed more than 1 billion minutes of over 35 million movies, across...

By Ben Munson November 12, 2018 | The world of online streaming video is big and diverse, with hundreds of OTT services, connected devices and combinations of the two. Behind it all are thousands of technical experts designing, developing and deploying the products. FierceVideo has pulled together a list of some of the executives who are leading the charge in areas including pay...

BY STEPHANIE PRANGE November 6, 2018 | Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan was presented with the first-ever DEG “Vanguard” award at the 4K UHD Summit Nov. 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The event was produced by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the UHD Alliance. Presenting the award to Nolan was Ron Sanders, president, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and president, Warner...

Carnegie Mellon University's Cassidy Pearsall accepts 2018 Emerging Leader Award LOS ANGELES (November 2, 2018) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is pleased  to  announce the opening of the third year competition for two awards: the "Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology,” which recognizes female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution...

By Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel October 26, 2018 | Amazon.com has established itself as a major distribution platform for small video-streaming services with its Amazon Prime Video Channels. Now the tech giant is trying to squeeze more money out of those services, sparking a battle reminiscent of the cable TV era. Amazon is looking to increase its cut of revenue from some...

By Erik Guenwedel October 29, 2018 | Lost in Netflix’s strong third-quarter subscriber growth numbers was the streaming media giant’s surprise revelation about the ownership status of its Netflix original content. With Netflix spending upwards of $12 billion on original content in 2018 – underscored by $18 billion in third-party content obligations – the service said its alarming negative free cash flow is...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski October 22,  2018 | Netflix often touts is personalized recommendations as one feature that differentiates the streaming service from traditional media. But one of the subtle tools it uses to deliver suggestions — carefully selected artwork or images, designed to entice the user to watch a movie or TV series based on past viewing — became the focus of online criticism. Stacia...

By Katie Kilkenny October 20, 2018 | Jennifer Salke on Saturday revealed that Amazon Studios is still refining its film strategy while focusing on creating “addictive, can’t-miss global television” that will lure Prime subscribers and retain them during a lunchtime conversation with attorney to the stars Bruce Ramer. “For us, our sweet spot is this addictive, can’t-miss, global television shows. That lives at...

By Sahil Patel October 19, 2018 |Passionate fans of Korean dramas still exist, but DramaFever, which became the biggest provider of such programming with 13,000 episodes and operations across 12 countries, is no more. On Tuesday, Warner Bros., which acquired DramaFever in 2016, announced it was shutting down the service effective immediately. In a widely circulated press statement, the studio said...

By Gerry Smith October 18, 2018 | Consumers like Emery represent an inconvenient truth for streaming video latecomers. Just 16 percent of U.S. broadband homes subscribe to three or more video services, according to researcher Parks Associates. And nearly two-thirds of TV homes already get at least one of the big three: Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, according to Nielsen. That’s the dilemma...