By Gerry Smith November 8, 2019 | A coalition that includes Netflix Inc., HBO and cable-industry titans is stepping up efforts to crack down on password sharing, discussing new measures to close a loophole that could be costing companies billions of dollars in lost revenue each year. Read more on Bloomberg related articles: Netflix tracks shows by measuring ‘starters,’ ‘watchers,’ and ‘completers’ [The Verge] Reed...

By Jon Lafayette November 8, 2019 | Nielsen Holdings said that it plans to split into two separate companies by spinning off its Global Connect business from its media measurement business. The decision comes as the result of a strategic review that was conducted under pressure from large shareholders as the company's stock price declined. Read more on Multichannel News. Related Articles Global OTT Revenue Jumped...

By Gerry Smith November 6, 2019 | Netflix Inc. expects to spend a $15 billion on programming this year, dwarfing its streaming rivals. But it’s just getting started. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said at the DealBook conference that the company’s expenditures on shows and movies will only grow. “We plan on taking spend up quite a bit,” he said Wednesday at the New...

By Erik Gruenwedel November 7, 2019| AMC Theatres is digging deeper into home entertainment. The world’s largest theatrical chain on Nov. 7 disclosed it plans to start selling AMC Networks movies on its digital platform, AMC Theatres On Demand. Hailed as the first-ever cross platform marketing partnership between theatrical and home entertainment distributors, AMC said the movies (including RLJ Entertainment titles) can be purchased...

By Todd Spangler October 29, 2019 | WarnerMedia revealed that HBO Max will debut in May 2020 in the U.S., marketed heavily through parent company AT&T’s existing customer base. HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s multibillion-dollar bet it can lure consumers into a big new tent at an increasingly crowded streaming bazaar. The new details come just ahead of two other new subscription VOD arrivals — Apple TV Plus (Nov....

October 29, 2019 | London, United Kingdom – The Digital Entertainment Group Europe (DEGE) has today announced the addition of Google to its membership with immediate effect. Supplying a vast catalogue of movies and TV shows across its Google Play and YouTube platforms, Google joins the DEGE at an exciting time for the trade body as it works to support...

By Stephanie Prange October 28, 2019 | The Wizard of Oz has gotten a facelift for its 8oth birthday 4K debut, and it looks better than ever, according to Warner executives. “Never before has a film this old been released in the 4K HDR format,” said George Feltenstein, SVP of theatrical catalog marketing at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, during an Oct. 28 presentation about...

By Variety Staff October 28, 2019 | The reviews for Apple TV Plus’ first four original series — “The Morning Show,” “See,” “Dickinson” and “For All Mankind” — dropped on Monday morning, providing the first takes on Apple’s original TV content strategy. “The Morning Show,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, follows a popular news program grappling with the aftermath of a...