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By Brooks Barnes August 5, 2018 | LOS ANGELES — Very little is known about Disneyflix, as some people in Hollywood are calling the Netflix-style streaming service that Disney plans to introduce late next year. How much will subscriptions cost? Disney has given hints but no specifics. The name, rollout strategy, precise menu of movies and television shows — all still a mystery. But...

By Andrew Liptak August 3, 2018 | Companies like Disney and Warner Bros. already have extensive back-catalogs of material, and have launched their own efforts to bring out their own streaming platforms. Disney’s is expected to launch sometime in 2019, while Warner Bros. will launch DC Universe, dedicated to its superhero franchises, later this fall. Both services will help bring all...

By Janko Roettgers August 1, 2018 | T-Mobile is on track to launch its TV service this year, COO Mike Sievert said during the company’s earnings call Wednesday. “We continue to plan it for this year,” he said, adding that the company was looking for what he described as an “initial launch” in 2018. T-Mobile first announced last December that it was looking to launch a...

By Bruce Haring [caption id="attachment_5002" align="alignleft" width="165"] Mark Greenberg[/caption] July 28, 2018 | Walmart is collaborating with veteran television executive Mark Greenberg on a new video streaming service that would challenge the dominance of Netflix and Amazon by targeting Middle American tastes in programming. The venture is in the early stages of development and has not been formally greenlit by Walmart, according to reports. The company isn’t expected to...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski July 31, 2018 | Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at a forthcoming entertainment offering — but stopped short of saying exactly what the technology giant, with nearly $250 billion in cash on its balance sheets, has planned. The soft-spoken CEO hinted broadly at a television offering, noting several “key catalysts” reshaping the entertainment industry. He said cord-cutting is accelerating “at a much...

By Todd Spangler July 31, 2018 | Sony teamed with Netflix to develop a new line of 4K Ultra HD TVs the companies claim will reproduce video from the streaming-video service exactly how filmmakers intended. For the new TVs, Sony and Netflix collaborated on a new display mode that the companies say make them the optimal way to view Netflix streaming content. The new Bravia Master series of 4K Ultra...

By Tara Lachapelle July 25, 2018 | No, AT&T probably isn’t going to ruin HBO. John Stankey, the longtime AT&T Inc. executive appointed to run its recently acquired Time Warner division (now called WarnerMedia), caused quite a stir this month in his and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s early days as media moguls. The New York Times got its hands on a recording of Stankey speaking alongside HBO...

By Todd Spangler July 23, 2018 | Sony Pictures Television is looking to sell a piece of Crackle, with the aim of growing revenue at the free, ad-supported streaming network and making it more competitive. Mike Hopkins, the former Hulu chief who joined Sony Pictures Television as chairman last fall, outlined the potential move to bring in an equity partner for Sony Crackle in a memo to staff...

By Todd Spangler June 20, 2018 | Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut its first virtual-reality short film next month, marking a new experiment by a major studio to use the power of VR to enhance storytelling. The short film, “Cycles,” is directed by Disney Animation lighting artist Jeff Gipson, marking his VR directorial debut. Read more on Variety. Related Articles: Next UP “Alternate Realities” | How...

By Todd Spangler July 19, 2018 | Walmart is in fact looking at entering the subscription-video space to compete with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, sources confirmed — and the retailing giant is planning to launch the service through its Vudu digital-entertainment division, Variety has learned. Vudu has set plans to launch a low-cost subscription video-on-demand package in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to sources. The SVOD service would...