BY NELLIE ANDREEVA December 18, 2018 | In a lighthearted, self-deprecating holiday note to staff (aka residents of NBCU-ville), written as a Dr. Seuss-style poem, NBCUniversal's Steve Burke mostly celebrated the company’s achievements, like landing Sky, while also recounting some setbacks, like losing the bidding war for the Fox assets to Disney. During 2018 our businesses mostly rocked, But it did not feel at...

By Erik Gruenwedel December 13, 2018 | Longtime Disney home entertainment executive Janice Marinelli has been promoted to president, global content sales and distribution as part of planned management changes following the media giant’s $71 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Marinelli, who had been president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, reports to Kevin Mayer, chairman of The Walt...

DEG, EMA and MovieLabs Release Updated Specifications for Use by Studios, Retailers and Service Providers Los Angeles, December 13, 2018 -- DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) and Motion Pictures Laboratories, Inc. (MovieLabs), together with member studios, retailers, and service providers, have approved and released four updated supply chain specifications for digital distribution of film and...

By Brian Raferty December 12, 2018 | Within the small but thriving community of Blu-ray enthusiasts, the answers to that question tend to vary. Some are drawn to Blu-ray because of the unsatisfying video quality of streaming films; for others, it’s the sheer joy of tactile pop-culture paraphernalia, as some small-label discs come with elaborate packaging and hours of extras. “Customers...

By Ryan Faughnder December 10, 2018 | Longtime Warner Bros. executive Craig Hunegs, who played a key role in the Burbank studio’s television and digital business strategy, is leaving his job after two decades with the company. Hunegs — president of business and strategy for Warner Bros. Television Group and president of Warner Bros. Digital Networks — is stepping down at the end...

By Rani Molla December 6, 2018 | Following Netflix’s lead, nearly every major video company is moving into the streaming media business. And that means also moving their content off Netflix and onto their own services. Disney — along with its soon-to-be purchased Fox — is launching its streaming service, Disney+, next year and pulling its content, including Pixar and Marvel films, from Netflix. The combined...

By Thomas K. Arnold December 6, 2018 | Comcast’s Xfinity Digital Store has joined digital movie-collection service Movies Anywhere, with the cable giant becoming its seventh digital retail partner — and first pay-television partner. Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers are now able to synchronize their accounts with Movies Anywhere, combine eligible movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store with those from other Movies Anywhere digital retailers,...

By Stephanie Prange December 4, 2018 | In the kaleidoscope of business models and formats that make up the home entertainment business, there are some brighter lights. To those not familiar with the home entertainment business, 4K UHD with HDR and EST may be alphabet soup, but they are the industry stars for those in the know. EST, or electronic sell-through, is the industry term for digital purchases...

Chart Source: NPD Connected Intelligence, TV Ownership Trends Report   4K ULTRA HD Is Shortening Consumers' TV Replacement Cycle December 3, 2018 | Consumers are increasingly migrating to the biggest and best when buying a new TV, especially when it’s for the primary viewing room – the living room. It all comes down to the factors that drive the decision to replace an existing...