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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....

By Natalie Jarvey May 31, 2019 | With Pluto TV, an ad-supported platform that has attracted 16 million monthly users by mimicking the experience of channel surfing for cord-cutters, Viacom hopes to extract new dollars from old episodes of The Hills and All That. It's just one element of a prolonged turnaround strategy that includes a growing ad-targeting platform, plans for more digital video production...

By Lucas Shaw May 30, 2019 | Hollywood studios say they’re breaking up with Netflix. But the reality isn’t that simple. Two years ago, Walt Disney Co. parted ways with Netflix Inc. in a public declaration of war. The owner of Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar movies would stop licensing films to the world’s most popular paid online TV network. Instead, Disney planned to keep...

By Sahil Patel May 29, 2019 | Driven by Netflix, TV production is a seller’s market right now. It’s leading some legacy TV companies to increasingly make movies and TV shows for their rivals. The key challenge for these companies is in weighing the benefit of short-term revenue gains versus building products that create a long-term direct relationship with customers. Read more...

It was difficult for algorithms to predict the sucess of game-to-movie adaptation 'Warcraft' in 2016. The film flopped in the U.S. but was a big hit in China.   By James Vincent May 28, 2019 | Actors and directors are forever glancing off projects that never get made or that get made by someone else, and fans are left wondering what might have been. For...

By Gregg Tarr May 22, 2019 | Now under control of Disney, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment this week played Switzerland in its handling of the dynamic metadata HDR profile competition by announcing the upcoming release of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Fox’s CGI animated sci-fi title Alita: Battle Angel (above). With the release of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray...