Above: Even with a steep drop in new platform launches since 2015, relatively few have shut down.   Specialty players continue to grow in a landscape of fewer launches, more major media company activity January 28, 2019 | The “Big Three” U.S. SVOD players – Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video – receive a lot of media attention for their original runaway hits (The...

By Sahil Patel January 25, 2019 | Prior to becoming WarnerMedia, Time Warner was one of the most prominent investors in digital media and technology companies. But with a new corporate parent and a digital publishing industry that’s in the midst of dramatic turmoil, the company is moving on from its investment arm, putting companies in the fund on uncertain footing. WarnerMedia Investments,...

By Rani Molla January 16, 2019 | Netflix announced it will be raising its monthly subscription prices as much as 18 percent — but it has been steadily increasing rates since its first streaming jump in 2014.  Here’s what Netflix price increases have looked like over the years, according to data from investment research company Bernstein. Read more on Re/code. Related Articles: Netflix says over...

By Patrick Hipes January 22, 2019 | WarnerMedia said Tuesday it is launching the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab, an incubator that will combine emerging technologies with the company’s content to create new consumer experiences and businesses. The goal is to increase collaboration between WarnerMedia and parent AT&T, and also between corporate partners and tech developers. Read more on Deadline. Related Articles: Danny Kaye on Fox Innovation Lab’s Commitment to...

By Jared Newman January 22, 2019 | Viacom is buying its way into the ad-supported streaming video business by acquiring Pluto TV in a $340 million cash deal. The deal underscores media companies’ growing interest in free, ad-supported streaming as an alternative to taking on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu (plus Apple, Disney, and AT&T’s WarnerMedia later this year) in the paid...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski January 18, 2019 | The Walt Disney Co. provided investors a more detailed look at its investment in building a direct-to-consumer streaming business in financial documents filed today with the SEC. The company re-cast Disney’s results for the past three fiscal years to align with the new corporate structure created with last March’s re-organization. While the numbers aren’t new (this isn’t a...

By Alex Sherman January 17, 2019 | At a time when NBC, Disney, AT&T, Viacom, Apple and others are considering subscription services for cord cutters, Walmart is abandoning its plans, according to people familiar with the matter. Instead, Walmart will focus on bolstering Vudu, the video service it acquired in 2010. The giant discount retailer opted not to move forward with a new streaming product after talks with...

By Sahil Patel January 16, 2019 | Interest in ad-supported streaming video — or AVOD, if you absolutely must — is growing at a rapid pace as a wide range of companies look to capture customers interested in free OTT video streaming on connected TV sets. But while this particular market is still in its growth stage, there are several indicators that...

By Beejoli Shah January 14, 2019 | With his new mobile video startup Quibi, veteran Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is trying to turn short videos for mobile phones into can’t-miss programming. He has promised to stack Quibi with 5,000 10-minute episodes of various movies or TV shows within its first year of launch. But at a time when there’s no shortage...

By Todd Spangler January 10, 2019 | Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch.  The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. An IMDb rep declined to say how many titles are initially available, other...