Direct-to-Consumer Tag

By Todd Spangler July 7, 2020 | In September 2019, Steve Burke, then NBCUniversal chief executive, called Matt Strauss, with a question: Would he take the wheel of the Peacock project? Strauss would need to unleash the service across the U.S. on a dauntingly short timeline — in just 10 months, pegged to the Tokyo Olympics (more on that later). Peacock would face massive competitors and come to...

Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' will be on Peacock. By Todd Spangler July 1, 2020 | Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service that launched nationwide in two weeks, has struck an agreement with ViacomCBS to license Paramount movies and TV shows. Coming to Peacock — on a nonexclusive basis — are series including “Ray Donovan” (starring Liev Schreiber, pictured above), “The Affair,” “Undercover Boss,” “The Game,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and...

By Jessica Toonkel July 1, 2020 | A few weeks ago, WarnerMedia’s new CEO, Jason Kilar, met with a group of executives developing a version of the company’s HBO Max streaming service that would carry commercials. WarnerMedia plans to make this version cheaper than the $15 a month commercial-free offering that debuted last month. After reviewing the plan, Kilar politely told the...

By Alan Wolk June 30, 2020 | For the better part of the last decade we have been hearing about how massive change was imminent in the television industry. This included everything from claims that a “massive wave of cord cutting” would soon kill off the pay TV industry, along with more mundane predictions like the rise of Netflix-like TV Everywhere apps from...

Dave Chappelle is one of the stars Netflix has begun promoting on YouTube. By Lucas Shaw June 28, 2020 | Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings has long portrayed YouTube as his company’s biggest competitor. It is the only online video service in the world that people spend more time using every day than Netflix. Hastings’s fear of YouTube filtered throughout the streaming giant,...

June 17, 2020 | Investment analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson in a new research note explain why their current forecast paints a deflationary picture in video consumer spending going forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what that could mean for sectors including theatrical releases, transactional home entertainment and subscription streaming.The analysts write: While the ultimate economic impact from COVID-19...

By Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel June 10, 2020 | For more than a dozen years, Hulu was an oddity in video streaming: owned by a group of entertainment giants but controlled by none of them. That fostered a streak of independence at the service—one that employees, who called themselves Hulugans, were proud of. But that independence ended last year when Disney took...

By Todd Spangler May 25, 2020 | Consumers have never had more options for streaming entertainment directly to their TVs, smartphones or computers. Which video streaming services are the best? Players jostling for share in the crowded subscription-video landscape include Netflix, Disney’s Disney Plus and Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, and (starting this week) HBO Max. Which of these is the “best” SVOD service, of course, is a subjective...

By Dade Hayes May 18, 2020 | Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney’s Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+, Hulu, Hotstar and ESPN+, took a somewhat less-traveled road to the C-suite. During the bulk of her 23 years at the company, Campbell focused on local broadcasting, running individual stations and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, which has...