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By Dade Hayes June 22, 2019 | Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, in a lengthy sit-down with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, covered a host of topics, including talent agencies producing content, Disney’s streaming outlook and Netflix’s M&A future. The pair spoke onstage Friday night at SeriesFest in Denver, an emerging TV-focused festival. The hour-and-10-minute discussion (see video clip below), which included an unusually comprehensive audience Q&A, found both...

By Eric Johnson June 10, 2019 | Every pay-to-stream video company is fighting a “battle royale” for your attention, and not all of them will make it. Former Amazon Studios strategist Matthew Ball says Netflix and Disney are safe bets to land on the winners list, but now as an outsider looking in, he thinks there’s a strong argument that...

June 4, 2019 | Investment analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson examine WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer plans in a May 29 report informed by a recent interview they conducted with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. The pair size up the competitive situation for WarnerMedia as promising, but not without challenges: AT&T, like Disney, will have to forgo high margin licensing revenue...

By Lucas Shaw May 30, 2019 | Hollywood studios say they’re breaking up with Netflix. But the reality isn’t that simple. Two years ago, Walt Disney Co. parted ways with Netflix Inc. in a public declaration of war. The owner of Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar movies would stop licensing films to the world’s most popular paid online TV network. Instead, Disney planned...

By Stephen McBride May 21, 2019 | Netflix changed how we watch TV, but it didn’t really change what we watch… Netflix has achieved its incredible growth by taking distribution away from cable companies. Instead of watching The Office on cable, people now watch The Office on Netflix. This edge isn’t sustainable. In a world where you can watch practically anything whenever you want, dominance in distribution is very fragile....

By Gregg Tarr May 22, 2019 | Now under control of Disney, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment this week played Switzerland in its handling of the dynamic metadata HDR profile competition by announcing the upcoming release of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Fox’s CGI animated sci-fi title Alita: Battle Angel (above). With the release of the 4K Ultra...

By Dade Hayes May 20, 2019 | After a period of years when Netflix, Hulu and Amazon reigned virtually unchallenged as subscription streaming’s Big Three, the landscape is getting more crowded than the last act of Avengers: Endgame. This complex, multi-front battle qualifies as perhaps the disruption of the 21st Century (with apologies to President Trump). It has implications for everyone in the entertainment business for a number...

By Thomas K. Arnold May 6, 2019 | Two of the five major studios have quietly changed the names of their home entertainment divisions. Paramount Pictures is once again using Paramount Home Entertainment, after several years of operating as Paramount Home Media Distribution. And Walt Disney Studios’ home entertainment arm is now known as Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International. Read more on Media Play...