By Thomas K. Arnold April 21, 2019 | With the March 20 closure of Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, much has been written about the storied history of the celebrated film studio, responsible for nearly a century’s worth of big-screen favorites, from Shirley Temple musicals to Star Wars, from The Sound of Music to Avatar. And yet hardly anything has been said about the...

By Sahil Patel April 18. 2019 | Later this year, Disney and WarnerMedia, hellbent on building their own direct-to-consumer video businesses, are expected to launch rival streaming services. Apple is introducing its own streaming offering, while Amazon and Hulu look to continue growing their own streaming services. Meanwhile, Netflix's costs continue to escalate as the company aggressively spends more and more...

By Wendy Lee and Meg James April 15, 2019 | Telecommunications giant AT&T sold its nearly 10% interest in Hulu for $1.43 billion, returning its stake in the streaming service now controlled by Walt Disney Co.  AT&T said the deal, announced Monday, valued the Santa Monica-based streaming service at $15 billion. AT&T was expected to sell its interest in Hulu as AT&T’s...

With all eyes on the monthly pricing of Disney+ relative to (more expensive) Netflix, analyst Michael Nathanson takes a look at Netflix content and what viewers like about it [caption id="attachment_6348" align="alignleft" width="200"] Michael Nathanson | Moffett Nathanson[/caption] April 8, 2019 | As Disney+,  Apple and WarnerMedia launch new direct to consumer products in 2019, the single most fascinating subject for media...

By Ryan Faughnder and Meg James April 11, 2019 | Walt Disney Co. pulled back the curtain on its highly anticipated streaming service Disney+, revealing key details about what content will be available on the app, including Disney classics and original shows and movies. Disney’s new service will launch Nov. 12 and cost $6.99 a month, Kevin Mayer, head of Disney’s direct-to-consumer...

By Brooks Barnes April 7, 2019 | Retired Ticketmaster tycoon Fred Rosen, 75, and a septuagenarian golfing buddy, Dan Fellman, who is Hollywood’s foremost film distribution expert, have quietly founded Red Carpet Home Cinema, which rents first-run films for $1,500 to $3,000 each. Red Carpet Home Cinema has contracts with Warner Bros., Paramount, Lionsgate, Annapurna and Disney’s 20th Century Fox and...

AI complements rather than replaces essential human tasks in M&E businesses April 8, 2019 | Over the past year, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly relevant to the media and entertainment industry. While the importance and utility of AI across the media industry are growing, the nature and potential of AI are not necessarily generally understood. [caption id="attachment_6844" align="alignright"...

By Todd Spangler April 8, 2019 | Pluto TV will stream — for free — more than 200 classic “Doctor Who” episodes and other BBC Studios programming under a new content-licensing pact covering the U.S. It’s the first big content deal Pluto TV has announced since Viacom acquired the free, ad-supported streaming startup for $340 million in cash earlier this year. Read more on Variety. Related Articles:  Viacom spent...

By Erik Gruenwedel April 5, 2019 | Paramount Pictures has stopped selling and renting movies at ParamountMovies.com, citing the pending shutdown of the UltraViolet cloud-based storage platform on July 31. UltraViolet is shuttering after most studio members – except Paramount and Lionsgate – joined rival platform Movies Anywhere. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Ultraviolet Cloud Movie Locker to Shut Down [Variety]...

 By Anthony D'Alessandro April 2, 2019 |  Heading to the movies or staying home and streaming one — is it a Sophie’s Choice on the weekend? A recent NRG-Deadline study about moviegoers’ habits has revealed that 66% of those polled frequently watch movies at home on the weekend via streaming, versus 33% who frequently purchase movie tickets. In addition, 60% said...