By Ben Munson February 13, 2020 | Netflix is cozying up closer to Samsung through newly announced deals for content exclusives and deeper device integration. According to TechCrunch, the new deals were announced this week at Samsung’s Unpacked event. Samsung device users will be able to use Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, to launch the Netflix app. Netflix will also generate recommendations for...

By Erik Gruenwedel February 11, 2020 |  Redbox has begun testing an ad-supported live TV service to select users, with plans to roll out the platform nationwide. The national kiosk disc rental chain in 2017 launched a digital rental and sellthough platform. The new ad-supported service is aimed at complementing the company’s digital and packaged-media strategies. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Redbox...

By Jessica Toonkel and Alex Heath February 10, 2002 | YouTube is sending signals that it wants to become a destination site for every part of the TV universe. The Google-owned video giant is considering giving people the ability to sign up, through YouTube, for a wide range of subscription-streaming services run by entertainment companies, according to people familiar with the situation....

By Edvard Pettersson and Olivia Rockeman February 10, 2020 | A century after the pioneers of Hollywood built their studios here, a new breed of entertainment company is transforming this California town just east of Santa Monica into a hotbed for content. Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.’s HBO are moving into vast office and production spaces in the city of 40,000 over the next few...

By Todd Spangler February 10, 2020 |After Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” made history at the Oscars on Sunday night, picking up four trophies including best picture, the film has risen to the top of Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s sales charts. On Monday morning, the Blu-ray edition of “Parasite” stood as the overall No. 1 best-seller on Amazon’s ranking of movies and TV shows,...

The chart above shows the correlation between P2P and legal viewing for recent top titles. [caption id="attachment_223551" align="alignright" width="150"] Tobias Queisser Cinelytic[/caption] February 10, 2020 | As competition for streaming viewers grows with the launch of new services from the major media companies, the entire industry is focused on what content consumers most want from these services.  While box office data is readily...

By Kelsey Sutton February  4, 2020 | Marketers say it's a 'mistake' for the streaming service not to consider an ad-supported tier.  Even minimal targeting offerings would be appealing, buyers say. Read more on Adweek. Related Articles: Netflix Must Add Ads or Lose Millions of Users, Needham Says [Bloomberg]...

February 1, 2020, London: The Digital Entertainment Group Europe (DEGE) has today announced that it will be known as the Digital Entertainment Group International (DEGI) with immediate effect. The move reflects the home entertainment trade body’s increasingly global outlook as it drives regional transactional activity while also meeting the evolution and opportunity presented by subscription streaming and global direct to...

TDG’s Michael Greeson on toggling, rebundling and what comes next This perspective appears in the 2020 edition of the DEG Q Member Magazine January 31, 2020 | Michael Greeson is President and Co-Founder of The Diffusion Group, the highly regarded media research firm whose work explores the intersection between consumer technology and media behavior.  Just after the launches of Disney+ and AppleTV+,...

By Julia Alexander January 31, 2020 | Randy Freer is stepping down from his role as Hulu CEO as Disney moves to consolidate its direct-to-consumer business under its own executives. Part of the decision to roll Hulu’s business operations into Disney’s direct-to-consumer division is to help “rapidly grow our presence outside the US,” according to a company press release. Read more on...