By Janko Roettgers July 19, 2018 | Roku plans to launch a marketplace for video subscription services in the coming months, which will allow consumers to sign up for and watch subscription services without the need to download separate apps on Roku devices, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. The marketplace is said to be similar to Amazon Channels, a popular à la...

By Brad Olesen June 18, 2018 | Apple Inc. isn’t known for the unique video content offered by Netflix Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Amazon.com Inc., but it may have just taken the gloves off in a new fight. The iTunes and App Store operator’s partnership with “A+ Hollywood name” Oprah Winfrey Friday may just be the “tip of the spear” in a looming content battle, according...

By Gerry Smith and Scott Moritz June 15, 2018 | HBO’s new owner is looking to devote more money to the network behind “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” John Stankey, the incoming head of AT&T Inc.’s entertainment division, plans to boost the service's original-programming budget to keep pace with deep-pocketed rivals like Netflix Inc. AT&T took over HBO and the rest of Time Warner Inc. on...

By Joe Flint and Drew FitzGerald June 15, 2018 | In an interview one day after AT&T Inc. closed on its $81 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., John Stankey, the executive tasked with overseeing the entertainment giant’s assets, said the company will be aggressive when it comes to acquiring content and building new ways to reach viewers. “Everybody agrees that the right thing for...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Dade Hayes June 14, 2018 | Comcast is prepared to make concessions, including shedding Fox’s stake in the online streaming service Hulu, in order to win regulatory approval for its $65 billion offer to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, according to sources. The U.S. cable giant, in a competing bid submitted yesterday, promised to match any of the remedies...

Scott Lenet of Touchdown Ventures moderated an investor panel for the DEG's NextUP: Alternate Realities in Los Angeles last month. July 11, 2018 | The story of VC investor interest in the virtual reality market is pretty straightforward. While the underlying technology has been around for quite some time, in 2014 Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion, and suddenly VCs and entrepreneurs began paying serious...

By Gerry Smith June 13, 2018 | Your move, Disney. After Comcast Corp. made a $65 billion bid on Wednesday for 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets -- the same holdings that Walt Disney Co. had agreed to buy for about $52.4 billion -- the Mouse House is under pressure to respond. At stake is a trove of media properties, ranging from “The Simpsons” to “X-Men,”...

By Phil Owen July 10, 2018 | Now that we're a couple years into the 4K and HDR era, the format has really started to come into its own as movie studios have firmly committed to taking full advantage of everything that Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range colors have to offer -- and a little assist from Apple, Netflix, Amazon...

By Stephanie Prange June 13, 2018 | Producer and former studio executive Bill Mechanic discussed his long career and the changes rocking Hollywood July 12 at the Peninsula Beverly Hills during a talk presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s Canon Club and sponsored by Deloitte. Mechanic ran what was then the home video unit at Walt Disney Studios from 1984 until 1994. From 1994...

By Peter Kafka June 12, 2018 |  Verizon? Go right ahead. Charter? You, too. Amazon and other tech companies with billions to burn? Go for it. That’s the message from a federal judge, who has ruled today that AT&T can buy Time Warner — and, crucially, didn’t apply any restrictions to his decision. That clears the way for other “vertical” mergers, which means other...