[caption id="attachment_4267" align="alignright" width="200"] Julian Sprengel                  GfK Entertainment[/caption] With the launch of more and more 4K Ultra HD-ready devices in the last few years, consumer awareness  for high quality media content has risen, too. How does this affect the traditional physical formats like DVD and standard Blu-ray Disc? The decisive question is whether...

By Liz Shannon Miller May 1, 2018 | The concept of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling isn’t a new one; just ask any ’80s kid who grew up reading the classic book series, where you jumped from section to section based on your own decisions. But Netflix has now evolved the experience off the page and on the screen — taking advantage of the streaming model in new...

By Stephanie Prange May 2, 2018 | Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality have been the new buzzwords in the home entertainment business for the past few years, but the hype is starting to meet reality (the real one) when it comes to the money-making prospects for these new formats in the entertainment realm. That was the consensus at the “Next Up:...

By Jeff Prince and Shane Greenstein April 24, 2018 |  Users have always wanted to save money on their subscriptions, for example, so price is a factor. Delivery method and technology matter too. But perhaps most important is original content, which some industry insiders believe can and does drive streaming subscriptions. Consistent with this belief is the recent trend of streaming content providers investing...

Local product dominates in Japan, but in Australia, titles from U.S. major studios are still growing in share.  [caption id="attachment_4267" align="alignright" width="200"] Julian Sprengel                            Gfk Entertainment[/caption] As digital movie transactions grow globally, the physical market still remains a reliable business field for the U.S. major studios around the world....

By Mathias Döpfner April 28, 2018 | Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, recently sat down with  CEO Jeff Bezos to talk about the early days of creating Amazon, what he's learned since then, how he funds his rocket company, Blue Origin, and what it's like when the president of the United States is your biggest critic. The sit-down...

By Sahil Patel April 27, 2018 |  The dream still isn’t dead. After a recent downswing in the video market for TV-quality shortform video series, there is renewed optimism among video makers as the top streaming giants experiment with this type of content. Now, video makers ranging from digital studios to publishers see an opportunity to sell and create shortform shows for the big...

By Paul Bond, Pamela McClintock April 26, 2018 | MoviePass, The subscription service famous for supplying a movie ticket per day for just $9.95 a month hasn’t been offering that wildly popular package since April 13, when it decided to slash it to just four tickets a month. The new offering, which also includes iHeartRadio All Access (normally $9.99 a month), is being...

By Carolyn Giardina , Pamela McClintock April 24, 2018 | There's a radical idea being proposed about the future of cinema that's being debated this week in Las Vegas: putting LED screens in theaters (effectively large video walls) as a replacement for projection, which is how movies have been shown since the birth of the art form. National Association of Theatre Owners head John...