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By Greg Tarr October 24, 2018 | Google is allowing users in the U.S. and Canada to upgrade SD and HD titles purchased through Google Play Movies to 4K free of charge. The company revealed the offer on its website Tuesday, in a post by Ben Serridge, Product Manager, Google Play Movies & TV. Read more on HD Guru....

By Sahil Patel October 19, 2018 |Passionate fans of Korean dramas still exist, but DramaFever, which became the biggest provider of such programming with 13,000 episodes and operations across 12 countries, is no more. On Tuesday, Warner Bros., which acquired DramaFever in 2016, announced it was shutting down the service effective immediately. In a widely circulated press statement, the studio said...

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 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 SV Staff September 5, 2018 | Imax and DTS yesterday announced plans to launch the Imax Enhanced licensing and certification program for home entertainment this fall. Taking their cues from THX, which launched a licensing and certification program in 1995, the Imax Enhanced program was established to make it easier for consumers to select AV products and Imax digitally remastered 4K high-dynamic...

BY BEN MUNSON September 07, 2018 | AT&T owns a significant SVOD product in HBO Now, with its $15-per-month price point and more than 5 million subscribers. But the company may be looking at bundling it with other direct-to-consumer products. John Stankey, head of WarnerMedia, gave that impression during a discussion at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media and Entertainment conference this...

By Eriq Gardner August 30, 2018 | Disney has prevailed on its second attempt to stop Redbox from selling digital codes that consumers can redeem at online outlets to access copies of Black Panther and other movies. On Thursday, a California federal judge granted a motion for a preliminary injunction. The judge blessed the studio's revised licensing terms over "Combo Packs" which he concluded no...

By Scott Mendelson August 22, 2018 | If we judge a studio’s summer by the amount of new franchises it created, Warner Bros. may be the unofficial winner. Yes, Walt Disney ruled the roost with 42% of the overall market share, even if 22% of that came from just two movies (Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2). And yes, Universal/Comcast Corp. had the year’s...

By Alex Weprin August 13, 2018 | In early 2016, NBCUniversal launched an ambitious direct-to-consumer streaming service called SeeSo. The service, which costs $3.99 per month, was filled with both original and acquired comedy content, and marked the company’s first major foray into standalone streaming services. SeeSo ultimately closed its doors in November, 2017. Now, the company is planning a return to the streaming...