By Jill Goldsmith June 17, 2020 | AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens said the WarnerMedia parent is “optimistic” about HBO Max three weeks after launch and called the streaming service “a multi-year process, and so far so good,” promising to provide subscriber data on the next quarterly earnings call in July. Speaking Wednesday at a CSFB Media conference, Stephens reiterated AT&T’s target...

June 17, 2020 | Investment analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson in a new research note explain why their current forecast paints a deflationary picture in video consumer spending going forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what that could mean for sectors including theatrical releases, transactional home entertainment and subscription streaming.The analysts write: While the ultimate economic impact from COVID-19...

By Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel June 10, 2020 | For more than a dozen years, Hulu was an oddity in video streaming: owned by a group of entertainment giants but controlled by none of them. That fostered a streak of independence at the service—one that employees, who called themselves Hulugans, were proud of. But that independence ended last year when Disney took...

Catch the full replay of Paramount Futurist Ted Schilowitz's June 9 presentation here. In this hour curated by DEG’s Digital Finance and Accounting Committee, Paramount Pictures Futurist in Residence Ted Schilowitz will discuss adopting new technology and new approaches to entertainment in response to our difficult and extraordinarily serious pandemic circumstances....

By Daniel Frankel June 5, 2020 | After seeing big pandemic-fueled usage surges in March and April, viewing time for the major U.S. SVOD services dipped in May, research company 7Park Data reports. Netflix, which saw average U.S. household minutes surpass 600 in April, dipped to around 550 average viewing minutes. While Disney Plus reached 200 average viewing minutes per household, then fell...

By William Earl June 2, 2020 | “Just Mercy,” the 2019 film about the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, has been made available for free rental on digital platforms during the month of June by Warner Bros. Pictures. Along with an announcement on film’s official Twitter account, Warner Bros. released a statement explaining the move. “We believe in the power of...

By Todd Spangler May 25, 2020 | Consumers have never had more options for streaming entertainment directly to their TVs, smartphones or computers. Which video streaming services are the best? Players jostling for share in the crowded subscription-video landscape include Netflix, Disney’s Disney Plus and Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, and (starting this week) HBO Max. Which of these is the “best” SVOD service, of course, is a subjective...

[caption id="attachment_224189" align="alignleft" width="295"] Zepp (l.), Wang[/caption] May 21, 2020 |  Google's Jonathan Zepp, M&E Global Partnerships, Google Platforms & Ecosystems, and David Wang, Product, Google Search, opened the morning's discussion on consumer connection with digital entertainment from the perspective of what Google knows best. Wang shared insights on how--and how much--consumers worldwide have searched for entertainment since the start of the...