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BY SAHIL PATEL OCTOBER 1, 2018 | Subscription services might dominate the over-the-top video market today, but free, ad-supported platforms are beginning to find their way to viewers on internet-connected TVs. This growth is proving to be an opportunity for video programmers searching for distribution on the biggest screen in the house. The Roku Channel, a free video streaming service from the connected-TV...

By Todd Spangler September 27, 2018 | Redbox hired Chris Yates, who’s worked at companies including CinemaNow, Dell and Omnia Media, as general manager of Redbox On Demand — the DVD-rental kiosk operator’s bid to extend its business into digital. In the newly created role, Yates oversees Redbox’s digital video business and is responsible for P&L and strategy. Read more on Variety. RELATED ARTICLES: Redbox Clinches Warner Bros. Deal for...

By Jennifer Saba September 27, 2018 | The Mouse House is about to buy Fox’s entertainment and international assets, including the Sky stake, for $71 billion. Disney’s chief executive, Bob Iger, has allowed discretion to conquer any ideas of valor: He plans to use the $15 billion windfall from the sale to pay down debt and invest in direct-to-consumer products, including Hulu. Read...

By George Szalai September 27, 2018 | PBS' PBS Distribution unit has struck a deal with British streaming service Walter Presents, which last year launched in the U.S. as an SVOD product, to add more than 300 hours of international drama series to its PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon's Prime Video Channels. Read more on The Hollywood Reporter. Related Articles: Amazon has become an important distributor...

(l. to r.)  Bennett Pozil of EastWest Bank moderates a chat with Cinedigm's Chris McGurk and Pandemonium Films' Bill Mechanic at DEG's Fall Membership Meeting Tuesday. By Dawn Chmielewski September 25, 2018 | Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk offered fresh details today about a planned Chinese streaming service aimed at younger Western audience, and poised to launch early next year. The new OTT service, to be called Bambu, will feature...

By Tripp Mickle and Joe Flint September 22, 2018 | Tim Cook sat down more than a year ago to watch Apple Inc.’s first scripted drama, “Vital Signs,” and was troubled by what he saw. The show, a dark, semi-biographical tale of hip hop artist Dr. Dre, featured characters doing lines of cocaine, an extended orgy in a mansion and drawn guns....

By Troy Dreier September 18, 2018 | Subscription service Hulu added live streaming channels in beta in May 2017, and one thing the company has learned is that live video is a far bigger challenge than on-demand.  Hulu will begin a series of blog posts that highlight its live video workflow and explore the challenges of providing live channels. The company gave StreamingMedia.com an exclusive first...

By Wendy Lee September 17, 2018 | Amazon, YouTube and other tech giants are helping to fuel substantial job growth in Los Angeles’ signature entertainment sector, even as Hollywood grapples with massive upheaval caused by digital disruption. That’s the takeaway from a new report funded by Los Angeles County. Read more on LA Times. ...

By Ken Ziffren September 13, 2018 | There's a lot of mystery and speculation about the new direction of the filmed entertainment unit of The Walt Disney Co.  The largest of the traditional Hollywood studios is in the process of switching from a wholesale producer and distributor of content to a direct-to-consumer (call it "DTC," or "Disney Play") model. By the end of...