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Board Officers Dan Cohen of ViacomCBS and Jonathan Zepp of Google to discuss the evolving direct-to-consumer ecosystem at DEG Expo virtual event July 16 July 14, 2020 | DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group announced today the officers for its D2C Alliance, which was created to advocate and promote the many benefits provided by the latest direct-to-consumer streaming services. DEG’s D2C Alliance, during fiscal...

By Tara Lachapelle May 2, 2020 | As Hollywood sets sit empty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, streaming-video apps that were just getting off the ground are now running out of fresh movies and TV episodes. But this is only a hiccup compared to the vexing problem that awaits the industry when it finally emerges from the crisis. Is it possible to make money in the...

By Edvard Pettersson and Olivia Rockeman February 10, 2020 | A century after the pioneers of Hollywood built their studios here, a new breed of entertainment company is transforming this California town just east of Santa Monica into a hotbed for content. Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.’s HBO are moving into vast office and production spaces in the city of 40,000 over the next few...

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 of reasons—changing...

By Martin Peers February 13, 2019 | As several of the big entertainment companies move toward the launch of Netflix-like video streaming services, the big questions for investors are how big a business will they build—and how much money will they lose along the way. To get a sense of that, we dug into some numbers. Consider this: To cover what we estimate...

By Elaine Low February 13, 2019 | Amazon has a firm grip on online shoppers. Now it is broadcasting its goals to expand its reach globally through television and movies. “International productions are such an important part of our business,” said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke at the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour on Wednesday. The studio arm of the e-commerce and web services giant has greenlit...

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 Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel October 26, 2018 | Amazon.com has established itself as a major distribution platform for small video-streaming services with its Amazon Prime Video Channels. Now the tech giant is trying to squeeze more money out of those services, sparking a battle reminiscent of the cable TV era. Amazon is looking to increase its cut of revenue from some...