By Stephanie Prange May 14, 2018 | Warner Bros. has promoted Jim Wuthrich to president of worldwide home entertainment and games. Wuthrich will report to Ron Sanders, president of worldwide theatrical distribution and home entertainment. David Haddad, who serves as president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will now report to Wuthrich. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Warner Bros. Digital Networks Taps Patty Hirsh to...

By Eric Doctorow, Founder & CEO, Random Media Guest Commentary May 8, 2018 |  More than 40 years after the home video business was launched, distribution is becoming more and more centered around digital distribution. This is a good thing and a not-so-good-thing. And it all has to do with the problem of “search” vs. “discovery”. Think about it this way: Search is people looking for content, and discovery...

By Adrianne Pasquarelli May 9, 2018 | Best Buy is tapping its own 100,000 blue-shirted employees as the stars of its new marketing campaign, a rebranding effort designed to highlight the retailer's personalized customer service. On Wednesday, the Minneapolis-based electronics chain is rolling out a new website and logo, and will air TV spots later this week. Read more on AdAge....

By Mark Sweney May 7, 2018 | The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have held discussions about joining forces to create a British streaming service to combat the increasing power of Netflix and Amazon in the UK. The early-stage talks, which are also understood to involve NBC Universal, the US TV and film group that owns the maker of Downton Abbey, are focusing on how...

By Lucas Shaw, Gerry Smith and Mark Gurman May 9, 2018 | For the first time, Apple plans to begin selling subscriptions to certain video services directly via its  TV app, rather than asking users to subscribe to them through apps individually downloaded from the App Store, according to people familiar with the matter. This would simplify the process and bolster Apple’s TV...

By Ben Munson May 9, 2018 | Netflix won’t be the only service missing out on Disney content once the company launches its own streaming service in late 2019. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company will be pulling back all of its content that is distributed and monetized on third-party platforms.  “We are fully committed to not only bringing the product to...

By Anousha Sakoui May 8, 2018 | The clock may be ticking for MoviePass Inc. and owner Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. Helios & Matheson said in a filing Tuesday that it had just $15.5 million in cash at the end of April, and the firm has been going through about $21.7 million a month. It also has $27.9 million on deposit with merchant processors. Read more...

By Amol Sharma May 8, 2018 | Cable giant Comcast Corp. is getting the pieces in place to make a hostile bid for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets should it choose to do so, according to people familiar with the situation. Fox agreed in December to sell the assets in question to Walt Disney Co. for $52.4 billion in stock. Read more on The...

By Eric Guenwedel May 6, 2018 | NEWS ANALYSIS – When Apple last year announced it would start selling access to 4K Ultra HD movies (at the same price as HD) on Apple TV through iTunes, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment was not among participating studios. With Disney relinquishing (some) control in the rebranding of the Movies Anywhere digital platform, retail member Vudu.com...

By Mike Farrell May 4, 2018 | BTIG media analyst Richard Greenfield – one of the early backers of the over-the-top model – predicted that online retailer Amazon is best poised to become the most disruptive force in the pay television industry, outpacing Netflix and using its vast resources to fund forays into sports and other entertainment. “They [Amazon] are all about the...