BY DADE HAYES December 28, 2018 | A&E’s Live PD is finishing 2018 as the most-viewed show of the year on OTT platforms as well as via VOD and DVR, according to a survey of smart-TV data by Inscape. A subsidiary of smart-TV maker Vizio, Inscape surveys viewing across some nine million households, spanning all demographics and geographic areas. Read more on Deadline. Related Articles: comScore, Hulu Team For New...

By Brian Crecente December 21, 2018 | When “Aquaman” hits theaters Friday it will do so riding a wave of publicity from an unusual place: the massively popular lo-fi, Lego-like game-creation platform “Roblox.” With more than 80 million monthly active users, “Roblox” popularity as both a place to create and play games is well established. But it wasn’t until earlier this year, that...

By Ben Munson December 26, 2018 | Both Disney+ and the WarnerMedia streaming service are launching in the back half of 2019. Disney+ is planning to roll plenty of library content—including its popular Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films—in with original films and series on its service. WarnerMedia is betting subscribers will pay for access to Warner Bros.’ deep archive of films and...

BY: NOEL MURRAY December 14, 2018 | Some of 2018’s best home video releases felt like artifacts from an earlier era, when every year we could look forward to big boxes of cultural ephemera, exhaustively annotated and collected on shiny little discs. These sets were welcome throwbacks — the best Blu-ray and DVD gifts of 2018-- and a reminder of why physical...

By Natalie Jarvey December 18, 2018 | In March, the onetime Clear Channel Interactive CEO was promoted to run Disney's newly created direct-to-consumer and international division that houses ESPN+, the upcoming Disney+ streaming service and a soon-to-be majority stake in Hulu, effectively putting him in charge of the 95-year-old company's future and fueling speculation that he could succeed Iger when the CEO...

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...