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By Tom Dotan and Kevin McLaughlin November 13, 2019 | Disney’s revelation on Wednesday that it signed up 10 million subscribers for Disney Plus on its first day was as strong an indication as any that it will quickly become a formidable player in the streaming space—and also gave some explanation for its early technical woes. The various glitches were a reminder...

By Tara Lachapelle November 13, 2019 | One major consequence of the streaming wars is that they’ve caused a new kind of consumer frustration. It feels like everything is becoming segregated across various services with their own individual paywalls. That requires knowing which TV programs and movies reside where, having to toggle among those different apps — which isn’t as smooth as simply channel-surfing —...

By Gerry Smith November 6, 2019 | Netflix Inc. expects to spend a $15 billion on programming this year, dwarfing its streaming rivals. But it’s just getting started. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said at the DealBook conference that the company’s expenditures on shows and movies will only grow. “We plan on taking spend up quite a bit,” he said Wednesday at the New...

By Erik Gruenwedel November 7, 2019| AMC Theatres is digging deeper into home entertainment. The world’s largest theatrical chain on Nov. 7 disclosed it plans to start selling AMC Networks movies on its digital platform, AMC Theatres On Demand. Hailed as the first-ever cross platform marketing partnership between theatrical and home entertainment distributors, AMC said the movies (including RLJ Entertainment titles) can be purchased...

By Todd Spangler October 29, 2019 | WarnerMedia revealed that HBO Max will debut in May 2020 in the U.S., marketed heavily through parent company AT&T’s existing customer base. HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s multibillion-dollar bet it can lure consumers into a big new tent at an increasingly crowded streaming bazaar. The new details come just ahead of two other new subscription VOD arrivals — Apple TV Plus (Nov....

By Stephanie Prange October 28, 2019 | The Wizard of Oz has gotten a facelift for its 8oth birthday 4K debut, and it looks better than ever, according to Warner executives. “Never before has a film this old been released in the 4K HDR format,” said George Feltenstein, SVP of theatrical catalog marketing at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, during an Oct. 28 presentation about...

By Variety Staff October 28, 2019 | The reviews for Apple TV Plus’ first four original series — “The Morning Show,” “See,” “Dickinson” and “For All Mankind” — dropped on Monday morning, providing the first takes on Apple’s original TV content strategy. “The Morning Show,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, follows a popular news program grappling with the aftermath of a...

By Todd Spangler October 25, 2019 | The company announced the formation of Redbox Entertainment, a division that will fund, develop and produce projects across multiple genres, with a focus on action, comedy, and suspense/thrillers. Redbox said it is already in talks on picking up individual projects, both directly and through distribution partners and channels. To spearhead the initiative, Redbox has hired Marc Danon as a senior...

By Kirsten Chuba October 21, 2019 | After announcing six new nonfiction projects ⁠— ⁠including a Mikey Mouse documentary that is a "passion project" for Disney CEO Bob Iger ⁠— Disney+ president of content and marketing Ricky Strauss told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that in addition to a platform that includes the full Disney library, The Simpsons, Fox classic films and originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Lucasfilm, nonfiction...