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By Gregg Tarr May 22, 2019 | Now under control of Disney, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment this week played Switzerland in its handling of the dynamic metadata HDR profile competition by announcing the upcoming release of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Fox’s CGI animated sci-fi title Alita: Battle Angel (above). With the release of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray...

By Ashley Rodriguez May 15, 2019 | The series 'Friends' captures a very different US audience on the streaming-video service than it does on cable channels like Nick At Nite, TBS, and Paramount Network, Nielsen found. Fans of the show on Netflix tend to be young, and some may be discovering 1990s sitcom for the first time. Read more on Business Insider. Related...

By Peter White May 8, 2019 | WarnerMedia is to bring together the international distribution divisions and home entertainment operations of HBO, Turner and Warner Bros.  Jeffrey Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, will take leadership responsibility for activities of HBO Enterprises and the distribution of Turner content produced in the US. He has held this role since 2013, having spent...

By Alex Sherman April 25, 2019 | Comcast has had a frustrating run as a partial owner of video streaming platform Hulu, but that doesn’t make the decision to sell its minority stake in the company any easier. Disney and Comcast are holding talks about working out a deal for Comcast’s 30% stake, according to people familiar with the matter. Comcast is now weighing the...

April 25, 2019 | BTI Studios is the world's fastest growing localization company, providing dubbing,subtitling, and access services in any language. As digital distribution of movie and TV showsgrows around the globe, both content owners and aggregators such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are translating content at a rapid rate and into more languages than ever before. "Stories, no matter what  language they were...

By Thomas K. Arnold April 21, 2019 | With the March 20 closure of Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, much has been written about the storied history of the celebrated film studio, responsible for nearly a century’s worth of big-screen favorites, from Shirley Temple musicals to Star Wars, from The Sound of Music to Avatar. And yet hardly anything has been said about the...

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...

[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...