BY PAUL BOND January 10, 2019 | In 2015, there were 205.4 million traditional pay television subscribers in the U.S., but by 2022, the number will have fallen to just 169.7 million, eMarketer estimates. Observers increasingly believe it is inevitable that the era of bundled streamers is near as households tire of paying an average $107 a month for cable. As the great de-bundling...

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...

BY DADE HAYES January 08, 2019 | Overall home entertainment spending by U.S. consumers climbed 11.5% in 2018 to a record $23.3 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry consortium. Announcing the preliminary annual figures during CES, the DEG noted an especially strong fourth quarter, when spending increased 13% to $6.3 billion. With physical sales and rentals of DVD and Blu-ray discs...

By THR Staff JANUARY 7, 2019 | No, CBS and Viacom won't merge (but Verizon will be a buyer), Netflix growth will slow as Disney goes OTT, a tech giant will gobble up a major studio, Sean Hannity will leave Fox News and more bold forecasts comprise our Hollywood predictions 2019. In 2019, mergers and acquisitions also will help some larger conglomerates more...

CONTACT: Marcy Magiera Marcy@degonline.org     New subset group will support Direct-to-Consumer media in creating a robust marketplace to lead the new era of content consumption    LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2019): DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is pleased to pioneer a new direction in media industry advocacy with the formation of the DTC Alliance as a subset of DEG membership.   Every major media company and TV network will launch a Direct-to-Consumer (DTC)streaming service in the next five years representing a...

Above | DEG's Amy Jo Smith with Ron Geller of Dolby.   Contact: Bekah Sturm Bekah@degonline.org Leadership chooses Dolby Vision as new Emiel N. Petrone Innovation  in Entertainment Technology Award winner  LAS VEGAS (Jan. 8, 2019) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group will use its annual reception at CES here on January 8 to showcase its Achievement Awards honoring the best 4K UHD hardware and software products released during calendar 2018. Dolby Vision will also be honored by DEG leadership with the DEG Emiel N. Petrone Innovation in Entertainment Technology Award.   DEG: Emiel N. Petrone Innovation in Entertainment...

Media Contact Information: Andrews-Keenan – 312-206-2821 or PKeenan1@comcast.net Jamie Grande - 847.716.7000 or jamie.grande@mediafinance.org Media Financial Management Association and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group team up to offer Entertainment Finance Conference   First-ever joint event for digital media industry scheduled for February 21 in Los Angeles (Northfield, IL and Los Angeles, CA) - January 7, 2019 – The Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and Digital Entertainment...

By Andreas Wiseman JANUARY 7, 2019 | IMAX is rolling out its ‘Enhanced’ home ent content via partnerships with streamers Tencent Video (China), FandangoNow (U.S.) and Rakuten TV (Europe), and device partners Arcam, Elite, Integra, Lexicon, Onkyo, Pioneer, TCL and Trinnov. Among first movies made available in the program will be Sony’s Venom and Alpha. Content is due to roll out on streaming services and...

By Eric Newcomer January 4, 2019| Buzzy original thrillers like “Bird Box,” or choose-your-own-adventure gambits like “Bandersnatch” aren’t cheap. And as Netflix’s public profile has climbed, so have its losses. Analysts predict that the company will report about $3 billion in negative cash flow for 2018, up from $2 billion in the previous year. Fans of wildly expensive, high-quality television should hope...

BY JULIA ALEXANDER December 30, 2018 |Netflix announced on December 28 that more than 45 million accounts watched its Netflix original horror movie, Bird Box, in seven days, making it a record breaking debut for the streaming service — but considering Netflix rarely specifies what its data means, it was difficult to gauge what that number meant.  It’s also unclear from Netflix’s tweet how many people...