By Ben Munson November 19, 2018 | Powered by its holiday programming push, streaming service Hallmark Movies Now has attracted more than 500,000 subscribers. Crown Media Family Networks is giving credit for its streaming service’s growth to the kick off of its “Movies and Mistletoe” programming event that began on Oct. 29. The company said that since that time it has seen a...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Dade Hayes November 26, 2018 | WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has elevated the AT&T Entertainment executive who helped launch DirecTV Now to lead the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform scheduled to launch next year. Stankey named Brad Bentley, the former VP of marketing at DirecTV, as general manager and executive vice president of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer development in an email this morning to staff, providing an update on...

By Michelle Clancy November 16, 2018 | The Walt Disney Co plans to take the Hulu Live service global, once its acquisition deal with 21st Century Fox is finalised. That nugget was revealed during Disney’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call this week, along with plans to expand the streaming service’s original programming and possibly hike subscription prices. Read more on Rapid TV News.   Related Articles: Hulu Losses...

By Paul Bond November 19, 2018 | The list of content assets controlled by WarnerMedia is massive — from the Harry Potter and DC Comics universes to classic movies and TV shows like Gone With the Wind and Friends — but those might not be enough to compete in the streaming wars, especially when Disney launches its Disney+ service next year. Hence, Wall Street wasn't too...

Falling device prices, wider availability of phyiscal and digital content pushes 4K UHD adoption solidly into 'early majority'   By Marcy Magiera | Editor, DEG Long before the Thanksgiving turkeys are hauled home, its seems Americans' minds turn to holiday shopping. For weeks, winter holiday decorations have been popping up in malls and headlines have been written about retailers' plans surrounding Black Friday...

By Dade Hayes November 16, 2018 | Paramount Pictures has signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix, studio boss Jim Gianopulos revealed today during Viacom’s fourth-quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Our priority is to expand our role as a major global content supplier,” Gianopulos said. “As such, we’re exploring various new revenue streams in addition to our traditional theatrical releases as a producer of first-run films and television...

By Brent Lang and Henry Chu November 15, 2018 | The streaming service WarnerMedia plans to introduce next year will launch domestically first, followed by a potential international rollout, and could feature content from outside providers, according to a company insider. WarnerMedia is hoping that its direct-to-consumer offering will enable it to become a major player in a space currently dominated by Netflix. Unveiling those plans last...

By Todd Spangler November 9, 2018 | One year after its debut, Movies Anywhere, the free-to-download app and service for digital movies owned and run by Disney in partnership with four other studios, has garnered nearly 6 million users who have added more than 150 million purchased movies to their collections. All told, MA users have streamed more than 1 billion minutes of over 35 million movies, across...

By Ben Munson November 12, 2018 | The world of online streaming video is big and diverse, with hundreds of OTT services, connected devices and combinations of the two. Behind it all are thousands of technical experts designing, developing and deploying the products. FierceVideo has pulled together a list of some of the executives who are leading the charge in areas including pay...

By Jessica Toonkel November 9, 2018 | AT&T’s WarnerMedia has approached Comcast’s NBCUniversal to discuss ways of working together, including about licensing films or TV shows for WarnerMedia’s planned new streaming service, according to two people familiar with the discussions. The approach signals that AT&T wants to strengthen its hand in competing with Walt Disney, Netflix and other rivals. In particular, the...