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By Sahil Patel April 18. 2019 | Later this year, Disney and WarnerMedia, hellbent on building their own direct-to-consumer video businesses, are expected to launch rival streaming services. Apple is introducing its own streaming offering, while Amazon and Hulu look to continue growing their own streaming services. Meanwhile, Netflix's costs continue to escalate as the company aggressively spends more and more...

By Wendy Lee and Meg James April 15, 2019 | Telecommunications giant AT&T sold its nearly 10% interest in Hulu for $1.43 billion, returning its stake in the streaming service now controlled by Walt Disney Co.  AT&T said the deal, announced Monday, valued the Santa Monica-based streaming service at $15 billion. AT&T was expected to sell its interest in Hulu as AT&T’s...

By Ryan Faughnder and Meg James April 11, 2019 | Walt Disney Co. pulled back the curtain on its highly anticipated streaming service Disney+, revealing key details about what content will be available on the app, including Disney classics and original shows and movies. Disney’s new service will launch Nov. 12 and cost $6.99 a month, Kevin Mayer, head of Disney’s direct-to-consumer...

By Todd Spangler April 8, 2019 | Pluto TV will stream — for free — more than 200 classic “Doctor Who” episodes and other BBC Studios programming under a new content-licensing pact covering the U.S. It’s the first big content deal Pluto TV has announced since Viacom acquired the free, ad-supported streaming startup for $340 million in cash earlier this year. Read more on Variety. Related Articles:  Viacom spent...

By Erik Gruenwedel April 5, 2019 | Paramount Pictures has stopped selling and renting movies at ParamountMovies.com, citing the pending shutdown of the UltraViolet cloud-based storage platform on July 31. UltraViolet is shuttering after most studio members – except Paramount and Lionsgate – joined rival platform Movies Anywhere. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Ultraviolet Cloud Movie Locker to Shut Down [Variety]...

By Thomas K. Arnold April 3, 2019 | Bill Sondheim has left independent content distributor Cinedigm Corp. after more than five years as president, industry sources told Media Play News. Sondheim was not available for comment, but a Cinedigm publicist confirmed his departure and noted that he will not be replaced. Sondheim for years has been a respected home entertainment executive, known for taking independent...

By Elliot Bentley and Amol Sharma April 1, 2019 | Apple Inc.  has entered the streaming-television arena. But who exactly is it competing with? There isn’t just one race in the streaming-media world. In the U.S., there are at least five distinct categories where Silicon Valley heavyweights and traditional media companies are competing for users’ attention and money. Some, like Netflix Inc., are building subscription entertainment...

[Above] Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an upcoming film from eOne.   By Mia Galuppo March 27, 2019 | eOne and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have inked a distribution agreement that will see Universal serve as the home entertainment distributor of eOne titles. The multiyear, multi-territory pact will include both digital and physical formats and covers film, television and select family content and includes all...

By Dominic Patten and Anthony D'Alessandro March 25, 2019 | Apple’s new streaming service is coming in this fall with an update to the company’s already existing TV app, the tech giant announced today with one of the greatest filmmakers of all time on-stage and one of the most successful television icons. In a wide ranging announcement on many media fronts, Apple...