By Troy Dreier September 18, 2018 | Subscription service Hulu added live streaming channels in beta in May 2017, and one thing the company has learned is that live video is a far bigger challenge than on-demand.  Hulu will begin a series of blog posts that highlight its live video workflow and explore the challenges of providing live channels. The company gave StreamingMedia.com an exclusive first...

By Wendy Lee September 17, 2018 | Amazon, YouTube and other tech giants are helping to fuel substantial job growth in Los Angeles’ signature entertainment sector, even as Hollywood grapples with massive upheaval caused by digital disruption. That’s the takeaway from a new report funded by Los Angeles County. Read more on LA Times. ...

By SV Staff September 5, 2018 | Imax and DTS yesterday announced plans to launch the Imax Enhanced licensing and certification program for home entertainment this fall. Taking their cues from THX, which launched a licensing and certification program in 1995, the Imax Enhanced program was established to make it easier for consumers to select AV products and Imax digitally remastered 4K high-dynamic...

By Ken Ziffren September 13, 2018 | There's a lot of mystery and speculation about the new direction of the filmed entertainment unit of The Walt Disney Co.  The largest of the traditional Hollywood studios is in the process of switching from a wholesale producer and distributor of content to a direct-to-consumer (call it "DTC," or "Disney Play") model. By the end of...

Matt Strauss of Comcast Cable Elected as Chair and Sofia Chang of HBO as Vice Chair 20th Century Fox’s Mike Dunn Appointed Ex-Officio LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2018) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group today announced its incoming Board of Directors with commencement of its 22nd year as the home entertainment industry’s leading trade association. DEG’s voting member companies elected the new Board of...

BY BEN MUNSON September 07, 2018 | AT&T owns a significant SVOD product in HBO Now, with its $15-per-month price point and more than 5 million subscribers. But the company may be looking at bundling it with other direct-to-consumer products. John Stankey, head of WarnerMedia, gave that impression during a discussion at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media and Entertainment conference this...

By Jason Knott September 6, 2018 | The invasion of the IT industry into the entertainment industry is rapidly shifting the media environment, and it creates a substantial opportunity for custom integrators to capture cord-cutters. That was the over-riding message from John Penney, executive vice president of consumer development & strategic partnerships at 20thCentury Fox, who spoke as the opening keynote speaker at CEDIA...

By Ben Munson September 5, 2018 | Apple’s still-developing video content strategy could amass a significant subscriber base and generate lots of revenue over the next seven years, according to one analyst. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said Apple’s video service could contribute strong services revenue growth but won’t be accretive to earnings until further down the road. She predicts Apple’s video service will attract more...

A Look at What Motivates Consumers to Spend Money on Video Content September 5, 2018 | While broadcast television and the internet offer a wealth of free-to-watch movies, shows and video clips, U.S. consumers aren’t ready to settle if they don’t find something they’re truly interested in. And that means they’re freely opening their wallets for streaming and downloadable content, to subscribe...

By Tim Peterson September 4, 2018 | Within one of the oldest buildings at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, resides the entertainment giant’s future. On the first floor of The Walt Disney Studios’ Animation building — two floors below Walt Disney’s old office — sits Disney’s StudioLab, the epicenter of the company’s investment in emerging technologies. Through a partnership with Accenture...