Photo: Charlie Chang   "It’s fantastic for the filmmaker to have a physical media that eliminates the variabilities, the compression and so forth. That’s sort of the gold standard that streaming is going to have to reach." Warner Bros.' Ron Sanders on November 6 presented Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan with the inaugural DEG Vanguard Award during the 4K Ultra HD Summit at...

BY STEPHANIE PRANGE November 6, 2018 | Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan was presented with the first-ever DEG “Vanguard” award at the 4K UHD Summit Nov. 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The event was produced by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the UHD Alliance. Presenting the award to Nolan was Ron Sanders, president, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and president, Warner...

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....

Carnegie Mellon University's Cassidy Pearsall accepts 2018 Emerging Leader Award LOS ANGELES (November 2, 2018) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is pleased  to  announce the opening of the third year competition for two awards: the "Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology,” which recognizes female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution...

By Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel October 26, 2018 | Amazon.com has established itself as a major distribution platform for small video-streaming services with its Amazon Prime Video Channels. Now the tech giant is trying to squeeze more money out of those services, sparking a battle reminiscent of the cable TV era. Amazon is looking to increase its cut of revenue from some...

By Erik Guenwedel October 29, 2018 | Lost in Netflix’s strong third-quarter subscriber growth numbers was the streaming media giant’s surprise revelation about the ownership status of its Netflix original content. With Netflix spending upwards of $12 billion on original content in 2018 – underscored by $18 billion in third-party content obligations – the service said its alarming negative free cash flow is...

By Jessica Toonkel October 23, 2018 | Apple is planning to launch its upcoming TV subscription service in more than 100 countries, three people familiar with the company’s plans told The Information. That would quickly make Apple a competitor with both Amazon and Netflix, both of whose video services are widely available internationally. Read more on The Information....

By Dawn C. Chmielewski October 22,  2018 | Netflix often touts is personalized recommendations as one feature that differentiates the streaming service from traditional media. But one of the subtle tools it uses to deliver suggestions — carefully selected artwork or images, designed to entice the user to watch a movie or TV series based on past viewing — became the focus of online criticism. Stacia...

By Katie Kilkenny October 20, 2018 | Jennifer Salke on Saturday revealed that Amazon Studios is still refining its film strategy while focusing on creating “addictive, can’t-miss global television” that will lure Prime subscribers and retain them during a lunchtime conversation with attorney to the stars Bruce Ramer. “For us, our sweet spot is this addictive, can’t-miss, global television shows. That lives at...

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...