Digital Tag

By Ken Ziffren September 13, 2018 | There's a lot of mystery and speculation about the new direction of the filmed entertainment unit of The Walt Disney Co.  The largest of the traditional Hollywood studios is in the process of switching from a wholesale producer and distributor of content to a direct-to-consumer (call it "DTC," or "Disney Play") model. By the end of...

By Jason Knott September 6, 2018 | The invasion of the IT industry into the entertainment industry is rapidly shifting the media environment, and it creates a substantial opportunity for custom integrators to capture cord-cutters. That was the over-riding message from John Penney, executive vice president of consumer development & strategic partnerships at 20thCentury Fox, who spoke as the opening keynote speaker at CEDIA...

A Look at What Motivates Consumers to Spend Money on Video Content September 5, 2018 | While broadcast television and the internet offer a wealth of free-to-watch movies, shows and video clips, U.S. consumers aren’t ready to settle if they don’t find something they’re truly interested in. And that means they’re freely opening their wallets for streaming and downloadable content, to subscribe...

By Eriq Gardner August 30, 2018 | Disney has prevailed on its second attempt to stop Redbox from selling digital codes that consumers can redeem at online outlets to access copies of Black Panther and other movies. On Thursday, a California federal judge granted a motion for a preliminary injunction. The judge blessed the studio's revised licensing terms over "Combo Packs" which he concluded no...

THREE PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF CONTENT PAYMENTS August 13, 2018 | For five years, I’ve been a sort of “honeybee” in the world of payments for content owners and rights holders in television, film, video games, sports and elsewhere. It’s been fun and illuminating to flit from company to company to work on payment terms and related issues with more...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski July 31, 2018 | Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at a forthcoming entertainment offering — but stopped short of saying exactly what the technology giant, with nearly $250 billion in cash on its balance sheets, has planned. The soft-spoken CEO hinted broadly at a television offering, noting several “key catalysts” reshaping the entertainment industry. He said cord-cutting is accelerating “at a much...

By Stephanie Prange July 17, 2018 | Indie suppliers need to maximize existing businesses while embracing the new digital marketplace, said keynote speaker Bill Sondheim, president of the Cinedigm Entertainment Group, during his “State of the Industry” keynote presentation at the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit July 17. While “DVD and the physical formats in general will not be the longtime revenue drivers we’ve...

By Mike Farrell June 5, 2018 | PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that OTT video revenue, which grew 15.2% in 2017, will rise at an 8.8% annual clip from 2018 to 2022, fueled by increased growth internationally and the focus on original content. According to PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2018-2022 report, the researcher said total OTT revenue reached $20.1 billion in 2017, a 15.2%...

By Dade Hayes May 29, 2018 | “Comcast must be looking into the 10-year future,” veteran media analyst Todd Juenger, of Sanford Bernstein, writes, “and has concluded: 1) there will only be a handful of global, entertainment video services, 2) most of those slots are already taken (Netflix, Amazon, Google/YouTube, Facebook?, Apple?), 3) likely only one company from ‘old media’ can make it...