By Anthony D'Alessandro April 2, 2019 |  Heading to the movies or staying home and streaming one — is it a Sophie’s Choice on the weekend? A recent NRG-Deadline study about moviegoers’ habits has revealed that 66% of those polled frequently watch movies at home on the weekend via streaming, versus 33% who frequently purchase movie tickets. In addition, 60% said...

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) Within content companies, consumer products and distribution groups now must be aligned, particularly around streaming windows.   Consumers have already democratized entertainment, defining it more broadly than ever before April 1, 2019 | It’s not only Disney and Fox that are becoming one. Entertainment encompasses a broader definition than ever before. The original perspective that entertainment came from your television or at...

[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...

By Anthony D'Alessandro March 21, 2019 | A week and a half prior to the exhibitor-distributor love-in CinemaCon, the Motion Picture Association of America has released their annual entertainment industry report, showing that the theatrical and home ancillary sectors were vibrant at a record $96.8 billion in revenues in 2018, +9% over 2017. Some of the majors might be crying that the home entertainment sector has collapsed,...

By Dean Takahashi March 19, 2019 | Google CEO Sindar Pichai and executive Phil Harrison introduced Google’s cloud gaming platform, Stadia, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. They also showed a Google-made Stadia controller that you can use to play games on any device. The vision is to make games accessible to everyone in the world, Pichai said. Google’s vast data centers will support...

By The Information Staff March 15, 2019 | Two mega-entertainment deals, Disney’s $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment businesses and AT&T’S purchase of Time Warner, are putting a lot of veteran media executives on the job market. Just last week, AT&T announced the integration of the former Time Warner’s three main businesses, prompting an exodus of the top executives...