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By Cynthia Littleton January 29, 2019 | It’s become clear to Disney watchers that Chairman/CEO Bob Iger — who says he plans to step down when his contract expires in 2021 — has staked part of his legacy on proving that the empire can strike back with Disney streaming against Netflix and the upstarts that have so dramatically disrupted Hollywood’s old order....

By Sahil Patel January 25, 2019 | Prior to becoming WarnerMedia, Time Warner was one of the most prominent investors in digital media and technology companies. But with a new corporate parent and a digital publishing industry that’s in the midst of dramatic turmoil, the company is moving on from its investment arm, putting companies in the fund on uncertain footing. WarnerMedia Investments,...

By Rani Molla January 16, 2019 | Netflix announced it will be raising its monthly subscription prices as much as 18 percent — but it has been steadily increasing rates since its first streaming jump in 2014.  Here’s what Netflix price increases have looked like over the years, according to data from investment research company Bernstein. Read more on Re/code. Related Articles: Netflix says over...

By Jared Newman January 22, 2019 | Viacom is buying its way into the ad-supported streaming video business by acquiring Pluto TV in a $340 million cash deal. The deal underscores media companies’ growing interest in free, ad-supported streaming as an alternative to taking on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu (plus Apple, Disney, and AT&T’s WarnerMedia later this year) in the paid...

By Alex Sherman January 17, 2019 | At a time when NBC, Disney, AT&T, Viacom, Apple and others are considering subscription services for cord cutters, Walmart is abandoning its plans, according to people familiar with the matter. Instead, Walmart will focus on bolstering Vudu, the video service it acquired in 2010. The giant discount retailer opted not to move forward with a new streaming product after talks with...

BY TODD SPANGLER January 10, 2019 | Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch. The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. An IMDb rep declined to say how many titles...

BY DADE HAYES January 08, 2019 | Overall home entertainment spending by U.S. consumers climbed 11.5% in 2018 to a record $23.3 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry consortium. Announcing the preliminary annual figures during CES, the DEG noted an especially strong fourth quarter, when spending increased 13% to $6.3 billion. With physical sales and rentals of DVD and Blu-ray discs...

Above | DEG's Amy Jo Smith with Ron Geller of Dolby.   Contact: Bekah Sturm Bekah@degonline.org Leadership chooses Dolby Vision as new Emiel N. Petrone Innovation  in Entertainment Technology Award winner  LAS VEGAS (Jan. 8, 2019) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group will use its annual reception at CES here on January 8 to showcase its Achievement Awards honoring the best 4K UHD hardware and software products released during calendar 2018. Dolby Vision will also be honored by DEG leadership with the DEG Emiel N. Petrone Innovation in Entertainment Technology Award.   DEG: Emiel N. Petrone Innovation in Entertainment...

By Andreas Wiseman JANUARY 7, 2019 | IMAX is rolling out its ‘Enhanced’ home ent content via partnerships with streamers Tencent Video (China), FandangoNow (U.S.) and Rakuten TV (Europe), and device partners Arcam, Elite, Integra, Lexicon, Onkyo, Pioneer, TCL and Trinnov. Among first movies made available in the program will be Sony’s Venom and Alpha. Content is due to roll out on streaming services and...

By Eric Newcomer January 4, 2019| Buzzy original thrillers like “Bird Box,” or choose-your-own-adventure gambits like “Bandersnatch” aren’t cheap. And as Netflix’s public profile has climbed, so have its losses. Analysts predict that the company will report about $3 billion in negative cash flow for 2018, up from $2 billion in the previous year. Fans of wildly expensive, high-quality television should hope...