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June 28, 2019 | As worldwide TV household penetration is quite saturated, the flat panel TV market has been driven by consumer adoption of TVs with higher resolution, larger screen size, and connected and integrated applications and services, notes tech market advisory firm ABI Research. While flat panel TV makers have announced 8K TV sets, it is the 4K TV market...

By Brooks Barnes [caption id="attachment_7638" align="alignright" width="254"] Ann Sarnoff[/caption] June 24, 2019 | AT&T on Monday chose a Hollywood outsider, Ann Sarnoff, to run its recently acquired Warner Bros. movie and television studio, which will play a major role in the conglomerate’s coming streaming service. Ms. Sarnoff, a New Yorker whose career has included leadership roles at Nickelodeon, the Women’s National Basketball Association, Dow Jones...

By Dade Hayes June 22, 2019 | Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, in a lengthy sit-down with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, covered a host of topics, including talent agencies producing content, Disney’s streaming outlook and Netflix’s M&A future. The pair spoke onstage Friday night at SeriesFest in Denver, an emerging TV-focused festival. The hour-and-10-minute discussion (see video clip below), which included an unusually comprehensive audience Q&A, found both executives opening up...

By Beejoli Shah and Jessica Toonkel June 21, 2019 | In a sign of how Hulu’s programming decisions have shifted since Disney took control of the streaming service, Hulu executives have begun telling outside studios that Disney will likely have partial ownership in most shows Hulu buys, according to multiple studio executives and Hollywood agents. In recent weeks, Hulu executives have told outside studios that...

By Todd Spangler June 17, 2019 | IMDb has dumped Freedive as the name for the service it launched in January — rebranding it as “IMDb TV” (somewhat confusingly, as it includes movies as well). Over the next few months, IMDb will add “thousands” of new titles to IMDb TV, which it claims will triple the number of movies and TV shows available to watch...

By Todd Spangler June 12, 2019 | Row8, a fledgling digital movie service, is looking to take on transactional VOD players like Apple and Amazon with a focus on movies — and a few pricing twists.  The L.A.-based startup has inked licensing deals with four major studios — Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. — for rights to...

By Ben Munson June 12, 2019 | The reaggregation of video services (or Pay TV 3.0) has become a common consumer demand. But it won’t be easy to bring everyone back under one roof. Dwayne Benefield, head of PlayStation Vue, said the challenge will be convincing juggernauts like Netflix to join platforms like Amazon Prime Video Channels, the Roku Channel and Apple TV. And...

By Thomas K. Arnold June 9, 2019 | Universal Pictures Home Entertainment aims to drum up consumer awareness of Blu-ray Disc and DVD bonus content, which the studio believes is a key selling point for its physical product. Beginning with the urban horror film Us, which arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 18, the studio is introducing...

By Lillian Rizzo and Joe Flint June 6, 2019 | AT&T Inc.’s  WarnerMedia is discussing plans to package HBO, sister channel Cinemax and its vast Warner Bros. TV and movie library into a streaming service costing between $16 and $17 a month, according to people familiar with the matter, a strategy aimed at keeping the media giant competitive against lower-priced offerings in a...

June 4, 2019 | LOS ANGELES -- NBA great and TV personality John Salley recommends Father's Day gifts, including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and movies, and digital movie purchases, during a nationwide satellite media tour from Los Angeles this morning. DEG coordinated the promotion, with the support of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), Paramount Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros....