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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...

DEG, EMA and MovieLabs Release Updated Specifications for Use by Studios, Retailers and Service Providers Los Angeles, December 13, 2018 -- DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) and Motion Pictures Laboratories, Inc. (MovieLabs), together with member studios, retailers, and service providers, have approved and released four updated supply chain specifications for digital distribution of film and...

By Brian Raferty December 12, 2018 | Within the small but thriving community of Blu-ray enthusiasts, the answers to that question tend to vary. Some are drawn to Blu-ray because of the unsatisfying video quality of streaming films; for others, it’s the sheer joy of tactile pop-culture paraphernalia, as some small-label discs come with elaborate packaging and hours of extras. “Customers...

By Rani Molla December 6, 2018 | Following Netflix’s lead, nearly every major video company is moving into the streaming media business. And that means also moving their content off Netflix and onto their own services. Disney — along with its soon-to-be purchased Fox — is launching its streaming service, Disney+, next year and pulling its content, including Pixar and Marvel films, from Netflix. The combined...

By Thomas K. Arnold December 6, 2018 | Comcast’s Xfinity Digital Store has joined digital movie-collection service Movies Anywhere, with the cable giant becoming its seventh digital retail partner — and first pay-television partner. Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers are now able to synchronize their accounts with Movies Anywhere, combine eligible movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store with those from other Movies Anywhere digital retailers,...

BY TODD SPANGLER November 30, 2018 |Disney might be set to gain even more control over Hulu: AT&T said it is considering selling WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in the streaming venture — which is worth as much as $930 million — as part of shedding nonstrategic assets to pay down its massive debt load. AT&T execs made the comments at the telco’s investor day briefing Thursday. It’s potentially looking to...

BY REBECCA KEEGAN November 27, 2018 | Paramount and A24 agreeing to produce original films for the digital giants represents an about-face in the traditional pecking order and signals a major shift in the entertainment industry. In the future, when we chart the year the movie business changed, we may thank — or blame — Noah Centineo. That’s because the square-jawed heartthrob’s teen romantic...