By Peter Kafka January 29, 2019| One terrible way to find out what Apple is planning on doing is to ask an Apple executive about Apple’s plans in public, before Apple is ready to make an Official Apple Announcement. People keep trying anyway. Today it was analyst Shannon Cross of Cross Research, asking Apple CEO Tim Cook about Apple’s TV plans. Spoiler: He didn’t...

By Cynthia Littleton January 29, 2019 | It’s become clear to Disney watchers that Chairman/CEO Bob Iger — who says he plans to step down when his contract expires in 2021 — has staked part of his legacy on proving that the empire can strike back with Disney streaming against Netflix and the upstarts that have so dramatically disrupted Hollywood’s old order....

Above | CuriosityStream makes some content available outside the pay-wall.   There is reason to believe viewer interests will remain as broad in DTC as they are with traditional TV  January 28, 2019 | The battle to become an anchor tenant in the entertainment bundle of most people will intensify in 2019. When Disney and WarnerMedia join Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu, it will be even harder for smaller direct-to-consumer (DTC) services to be seen by their intended audience. Does that...

Dissecting Disney’s closed, and AT&T’s more open, OTT content strategies  [caption id="attachment_6348" align="alignleft" width="200"] Michael Nathanson | Moffett Nathanson[/caption] January 28, 2019 | 2018 will go down as the year in which some of the largest traditional media companies started to show their cards vis-a-vis their over-the-top (OTT) distribution strategies. With three large-scale mergers (AT&T-TWX, Disney-Fox, and Comcast-Sky) either complete or nearing completion,...

By Jessica Toonkel January 28, 2019 | Amazon Channels looked intent on becoming a powerful player in the streaming video market by allowing people to sign up for a wide variety of services through their Prime Video accounts—so much so that Apple, Roku and potentially Facebook are now copying the company’s approach. But even as competition increases, Amazon is scaling back...

Above: Even with a steep drop in new platform launches since 2015, relatively few have shut down.   Specialty players continue to grow in a landscape of fewer launches, more major media company activity January 28, 2019 | The “Big Three” U.S. SVOD players – Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video – receive a lot of media attention for their original runaway hits (The...

By Sahil Patel January 25, 2019 | Prior to becoming WarnerMedia, Time Warner was one of the most prominent investors in digital media and technology companies. But with a new corporate parent and a digital publishing industry that’s in the midst of dramatic turmoil, the company is moving on from its investment arm, putting companies in the fund on uncertain footing. WarnerMedia Investments,...

By Rani Molla January 16, 2019 | Netflix announced it will be raising its monthly subscription prices as much as 18 percent — but it has been steadily increasing rates since its first streaming jump in 2014.  Here’s what Netflix price increases have looked like over the years, according to data from investment research company Bernstein. Read more on Re/code. Related Articles: Netflix says over...

By Patrick Hipes January 22, 2019 | WarnerMedia said Tuesday it is launching the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab, an incubator that will combine emerging technologies with the company’s content to create new consumer experiences and businesses. The goal is to increase collaboration between WarnerMedia and parent AT&T, and also between corporate partners and tech developers. Read more on Deadline. Related Articles: Danny Kaye on Fox Innovation Lab’s Commitment to...

By Jared Newman January 22, 2019 | Viacom is buying its way into the ad-supported streaming video business by acquiring Pluto TV in a $340 million cash deal. The deal underscores media companies’ growing interest in free, ad-supported streaming as an alternative to taking on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu (plus Apple, Disney, and AT&T’s WarnerMedia later this year) in the paid...