BY: DADE HAYES and DAWN CHMIELEWSKI November 29, 2018 | In outlining WarnerMedia’s strategy for direct-to-consumer streaming, CEO John Stankey relied heavily on language more common in engineering circles than lunch tables at the Brentwood Country Mart. He laid out the plans to a roomful of Wall Street investors and analysts eager to hear more details about the post-merger course of WarnerMedia parent AT&T, not wasting the chance to...

BY REBECCA KEEGAN November 27, 2018 | Paramount and A24 agreeing to produce original films for the digital giants represents an about-face in the traditional pecking order and signals a major shift in the entertainment industry. In the future, when we chart the year the movie business changed, we may thank — or blame — Noah Centineo. That’s because the square-jawed heartthrob’s teen romantic...

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...