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By Patrick Coffee January 23, 2020 | AT&T has made no secret of its desire to lead the increasingly fractured media landscape through its newly acquired WarnerMedia entertainment properties and Xandr adtech division. Business Insider obtained a strategy deck that WarnerMedia execs presented to ad agencies late last summer. It shows how much the strategy will focus on its streaming service HBO Max,...

By Elaine Low January 21, 2020 | You’d think that the steady drumbeat of streaming services being launched might dull the senses, but Wall Street is rather eager to embrace Peacock. NBCUniversal’s new over-the-top entertainment platform sent shares of corporate parent Comcast to an all-time high after its unveiling at the company’s Jan. 16 investor day. The service brought to you by one...

By Todd Spangler [caption id="attachment_5708" align="alignright" width="300"] Universal's Eddie Cunningham will head the joint venture.[/caption] January 5, 2020 |Universal and Warner Bros. — facing the continued deterioration of physical disc sales — want to pool their DVD distribution businesses under a major new deal. The studios announced that Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment entered into a pact to form a new joint venture...

By T.K. Arnold January 13, 2020 | Consumer spending on home entertainment rose 8.4% to a record $25.2 billion in 2019, spurred by the at-home sector’s biggest growth engine, digital, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Subscription streaming, digital movie sales and digital movie rentals over the Internet all generated significantly more money than they did in 2018, DEG reported. The trade association...

By Nick Statt January 6, 2020 | Sony’s CES 2020 press conference was a brief one, but it did have some interesting news. The company revealed the PlayStation 5 (aka the PS5) logo for the first time and shared some new sales milestones for its existing PS4 platform and its PSVR virtual reality headset. Sony also revealed a first for the Japanese consumer electronics...

Above: Sharing a stage at the UHD Alliance's Filmmaker Mode press conference Jan. 6 are, from left, Makoto Morise of Panasonic; Ken Lowe of Vizio; Michael Zink and Mike Fidler, chairman and president, respectively, of the UHD Alliance; Nandhu Nandhakumar of LG Electronics; and Bill Mandel of Samsung. By Stephanie Prange January 6, 2020 | Three Hollywood guilds, the Film Foundation, consumer...

By Dade Hayes, Nellie Andreeva, Dominic Patten December 31, 2019 | Hollywood’s unofficial wake-up call came on February 1, 2013, when Netflix dropped the first season of House of Cards in a single, binge-able chunk. While that distinctive release pattern hasn’t yet become the official norm — many new rivals to Netflix insist on the traditional episode-at-a-time approach — the whole gestalt...

By Chaim Gartenberg December 31, 2019 | The Witcher has everything it needs to be Netflix’s next success: popular source material, a massive marketing campaign, a well-received performance by Henry Cavill, and an iconic meme in the form of the hit song “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.” Yet, while certainly popular, it doesn’t seem like The Witcher is going to become...

By Ben Munson December 23, 2019 | Together, HBO Max and Peacock will shake up the streaming video industry in 2020 by virtue of the massive resources their parent companies (AT&T and Comcast, respectively) have to invest toward their success. Individually, they could have varying impacts on the SVOD and AVOD markets. The goal posts are moved for HBO Max before it...