By Todd Spangler May 25, 2020 | Consumers have never had more options for streaming entertainment directly to their TVs, smartphones or computers. Which video streaming services are the best? Players jostling for share in the crowded subscription-video landscape include Netflix, Disney’s Disney Plus and Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, and (starting this week) HBO Max. Which of these is the “best” SVOD service, of course, is a subjective...

[caption id="attachment_224189" align="alignleft" width="295"] Zepp (l.), Wang[/caption] May 21, 2020 |  Google's Jonathan Zepp, M&E Global Partnerships, Google Platforms & Ecosystems, and David Wang, Product, Google Search, opened the morning's discussion on consumer connection with digital entertainment from the perspective of what Google knows best. Wang shared insights on how--and how much--consumers worldwide have searched for entertainment since the start of the...

By Dade Hayes May 18, 2020 | Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney’s Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+, Hulu, Hotstar and ESPN+, took a somewhat less-traveled road to the C-suite. During the bulk of her 23 years at the company, Campbell focused on local broadcasting, running individual stations and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, which has...

By Lucas Shaw May 17, 2020 | Quibi is off to a rough start.  Don’t take it from me, take it from Quibi's co-founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg. The video app signed up fewer people than it expected in its first month, it failed to account for features those few users would want and it produced "daily essential" programs that are not essential. In an interview with...

By Tom Dotan May 14, 2020 | The Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service may be the best thing going right now at the struggling entertainment giant, which is facing a once-in-a-generation crisis that has ravaged its movie, theme park and cruise businesses. But the company hasn’t spared the division that includes the fast-growing service—Disney+—from the frugality it has imposed on...

Seth Rogen's 'An American Pickle' will bow on HBO Max in August. By Dade Hayes May 13, 2020 | When Disney and Apple undercut Netflix, pricing their new streaming services in the single-digit dollars per month, they shook up the market and reset consumer expectations. HBO Max, which WarnerMedia will launch on May 27, is playing the opposite end of the market. It will retail...

By Tara Lachapelle May 2, 2020 | As Hollywood sets sit empty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, streaming-video apps that were just getting off the ground are now running out of fresh movies and TV episodes. But this is only a hiccup compared to the vexing problem that awaits the industry when it finally emerges from the crisis. Is it possible to make money in the...

By Dade Hayes May 6, 2020 | Stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 drove digital home entertainment sales to an all-time record level in March, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, a trade consortium. Total spending on digital transactions, including electronic sell-through and video on demand, reached $596 million, up 48% over March 2019. Theatrical films rose 57% in EST and 67% on VOD during the month. Read more...

By Erich Schwartzel April 30, 2020 |The shutdown of Hollywood is disrupting the Disney+ pipeline. Walt Disney Co. ’s flagship streaming service is getting a big boost from subscribers stuck at home because of widespread stay-at-home orders, but several of the biggest releases headed to the platform have had production halted amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. To keep subscribers hooked, Disney has moved...