Disney Launches Star+ Streaming Service in Latin America

Disney Aug. 31 announced it has launched its new general entertainment and sports streaming service Star+ in Latin America. The service includes local fiction and non-fiction content, in addition to live sports from ESPN, content from 20th Century Television and 20th Century Studios.

Star+ is available as standalone $10.49 monthly service ($105 annually), or as part of Combo+, a bundled offering with access to Disney+ for $13.99 monthly.

Subscribers can stream the platform on a wide selection of supported mobile and connected TV devices, up to four devices at the same time, up to 25 on-demand downloads across 10 devices, customized recommendations, the ability to set up seven different profiles, and parental controls.

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“Star+ confirms our commitment to generate relevant and varied offerings by providing our audiences with access to fully personalized content tailored to their tastes,” Diego Lerner, president of The Walt Disney Company Latin America, said in a statement.

Unique to Star+ is original content created in and for Latin America. The regionally produced originals begin streaming Aug. 31 and address themes related to Latin American popular culture in both fiction and non-fiction formats begin streaming Aug. 31.

Titles include “Santa Evita,” “No Fue Mi Culpa,” and a new season of “Impuros”; comedy, with series such as “El galán.” “La TV cambió,” “él no” and “Los protectores”; dramedy, with productions such as “Terapia alternativa” and “El encargado”; thrillers “Insania” and “Horario estelar”; biopics “Ringo and Pancho Villa.” “El centauro del norte”; and docu-style reality shows, with productions such as the new season of the renowned documentary series “Bios,” “Vidas que cambiaron la tuya.”

Star+ ushers Latin America streaming access to ESPN featuring a collection of live shows and events from European soccer leagues; UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Conference League, Spain’s LaLiga and Copa del Rey, England’s Premier League and FA Cup, Italy’s Serie A and Coppa, Portugal’s Liga Portugal Bwin, Germany’s Bundesliga and DFB Pokal cup, and The Netherlands’ Eredivisie.

The platform will also feature some of America’s top soccer competitions like CONMEBOL Libertadores, Copa do Nordeste, CONCACAF League, Copa de Oro CONCACAF, CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF Qualifiers Qatar 2022, Liga MX, Liga MX Femenil, BBVA Expansión MX league, Argentina’s LPF, and MLS.

The sports offering also includes the tennis Grand Slam (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open), as well as the ATP, WTA, and Abierto Mexicano tournaments; rugby with Los Pumas, URBA, Sanzaar, Seis Naciones, SLAR, and The Rugby Championship; NBA and NCAA basketball; motorsports with Formula 1 and MotoGP; boxing, UFC, and Bellator MMA; golf competitions like the PGA Tour, The Masters, The Open, PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup; cycling competition Tour de France; NFL football and NFL Red Zone; extreme sports with X Games; surfing from the WSL; LMB and MLB baseball; and hockey from the NHL.

In turn, Star+ will feature local versions of ESPN staples such as SportsCenter, as well as original productions created in Latin America, such as ESPN Knockout, and ESPN Equipo F, among others.

The platform also includes new Star+ exclusive international original productions, with star-studded casts and renowned figures behind the scenes. Some of the much-anticipated titles include comedy thriller “Only Murders in the Building,” starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gómez; “Love, Victor,” “Big Sky” and “A Teacher.” Original series that are global hits are also available, such as all seasons of “This Is Us” and “The Walking Dead,” including the double-episode finale that premieres today. Biographical drama “Pam & Tommy,” starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan, and “Y: The Last Man,” the new FX drama series based on the graphic novel by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra will also be included in the platform at a later time.

Finally, Star+ includes all 20th Century Television productions, such as award-winning series “The Simpsons,” with all seasons available in one single platform for the first time. Fans can also watch titles such as “Family Guy,” “Futurama,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and Solar Opposites premiering in late September.

Mattel Inks Disc, Digital Distribution Deals With NCircle and Mill Creek Entertainment

NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment Aug. 31 announced separate multiyear physical and digital distribution agreements with Mattel. Under the pacts, NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment will distribute series based on Mattel brands such as Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Masters of the Universe on DVD at retail stores across the U.S. and Canada, as well as digital sellthrough and VOD.

The deal includes Barbie Dreamtopia Special, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (seasons 1 and 2), Barbie Princess Adventure, Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday, and Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams; Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go (seasons 25 and 26, and corresponding specials), produced in 2D animation; Masters of the Universe: Revelation; and the pending CG series He-Man.

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“Our primary focus is on entertainment that is accessible and relevant for young children,” Mary Flynn, VP of sales, content and acquisitions for NCircle, said in a statement.

“This collaboration continues to enhance our ability to serve consumers and the retail community with strong content slates in the years to come,” added Jeff Hayne, SVP of acquisitions and production for Mill Creek.

Debuting this year: Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (season 1), available Nov. 16 on DVD digital, and Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, available Dec. 7 on DVD.

HBO Max Launching in Nordics, Spain in the Fall

HBO Max is reportedly set to debut in Scandinavia and Spain this fall, followed by deployment in Eastern Europe and Portugal, WarnerMedia revealed at an Aug. 31 industry event in Lille, France.

Launched over a year ago, HBO Max aims to emulate Netflix’s 190-country rollout through 2022. The SVOD/AVOD platform launched in 39 Latin American territories earlier this year. It ended the most-recent fiscal period with 47 million subscribers in the United States, and 67 million subs globally.

At today’s Series Mania International Festival, Christina Sulebakk, managing director of HBO Max EMEA, was honored with the festival’s “Woman in Series Award,” a new distinction given to an outstanding woman in the audiovisual industry to honor her vision and leadership, in association with European Women’s Audiovisual Network and For Women in the Media.

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Sulebakk was appointed MD in January, and is responsible for the existing HBO streaming services in Europe (HBO Nordic, HBO España, HBO Portugal and HBO Go in Central and Eastern Europe) and the launch of HBO Max in the region.

Sulebakk has been with WarnerMedia for nearly a decade, after joining in 2012 to launch and establish HBO Nordic, HBO’s first streaming service outside the United States. She has been instrumental in the company’s evolution, pivoting the Central European business to streaming, launching HBO España in 2016, HBO Portugal in 2019, and more recently developing HBO Max’s market strategy in Latin America.

‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘In the Heights’ Lead Aug. 31 Digital and Disc Releases

Aug. 31 sees Disney’s Jungle Cruise become available for digital purchase, while Warner’s In the Heights arrives on disc.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution makes Jungle Cruise available for early digital ownership Aug. 31. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 16.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will be available for digital purchase Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14.

The musical In the Heights is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Aug. 31 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Broadway’s Hamilton) music and lyrics. It stars Anthony Ramos (A Star Is Born, Broadway’s Hamilton) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, BlacKkKlansman). The film also stars singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s In the Heights), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films). In the film set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

The animated family film Spirit Untamed arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation. Spirit Untamed follows free-spirited Lucky Prescott, who moves to Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy town until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly forms a bond with a wild mustang named Spirit and makes two new pals who love horses as much as she does. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her friends set off on an epic journey to rescue the horse who has given her an unbreakable connection to her mother’s legacy.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Aug. 31 releases the direct-to-video animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms on Blu-ray Disc, as a 4K Ultra HD combo pack and through digital retailers. A sequel to 2020’s Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge and based on the “Mortal Kombat” video game franchise, Battle of the Realms finds the team of heroes besieged by the enemy forces of Shao Kahn — forcing Raiden and his group of warriors into a deal to compete in a final Mortal Kombat that will determine the fate of the realms. As the travel to Outworld in order to defend Earthrealm, Scorpion must find the ancient Kamidogu before it’s used to resurrect the One Being — which would mean certain destruction of all things in the universe.

Season six of “Fear The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 31 from Lionsgate. In season six, after being torn apart by the Pioneers, Morgan’s (James) group is now dispersed across their far-reaching settlements, with life behind the Pioneers’ walls testing each of the group’s members in different ways — and forcing them to define who they really are in this new world. As Morgan’s bid to free the remaining members of the group grows bolder, Virginia’s (Minifie) desperation to find her sister accelerates, as does her need to protect the settlements from the enemy forces outside — and within. With new alliances forming, relationships dissolving, loyalties switching, and everyone forced to take sides, “The End Is the Beginning” reveals its deepest meaning.

The historical sports film 12 Mighty Orphans will come out on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. An official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film stars Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, with Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen. It tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth, Texas, orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes — or even a football — to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.

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CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment releases Blue Bloods: The Tenth Season on DVD Aug. 31. “Blue Bloods” is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the New York police commissioner, who heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as chief. The cast also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Marisa Ramirez, Vanessa Ray and Len Cariou. The 11th season consists of 16 episodes and finds Frank clashing with the City Council Speaker (Whoopi Goldberg) over protests against police brutality.

NCIS: New Orleans: The Final Season will be released on DVD Aug. 31 by CBS and Paramount. Starring Scott Bakula, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder, “NCIS: New Orleans” deals with the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, a.k.a. “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.

Also due on DVD Aug. 31 is NCIS: New Orleans: The Complete Series, containing all seven seasons.

Breaking Glass Pictures Aug. 31 releases A Wake, an LGBTQ family drama from director Scott Boswell (The Stranger in Us). The film will be available on iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu, as well as through local cable and satellite providers and on DVD.

Cohen Film Collection Aug. 31 releases Blu-ray Disc and DVDs of “Three Men to Kill,” a double feature of two classic French crime dramas starring Alain Delon, the French actor and screen sex symbol of the 1960s and ’70s. The collection will consist of  the movies The Gang (1977) and Three Men to Kill (1980), and will retail at $19.95 (DVD) and $29.95 (Blu-ray). 

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Data: Theatrical Revenue to Reach 50% of Pre-Pandemic 2019, Negatively Impacting Home Entertainment

Movie theaters may be open and operating at near capacity worldwide, but ticket sales aren’t translating into blockbuster revenue for studios and exhibitors. Total revenue in 2021 is projected to reach 50% of 2019’s pre-COVID level, according to new data from Omdia.

The London-based research firm said global box office revenue remains impacted by alternative studio distribution strategies, which include shortened release windows, PVOD and concurrent SVOD retail options, as well as a change in consumer confidence due to the Delta variant.

Omdia said one of the major challenges faced by studios with the move toward hybrid PVOD and SVOD strategies has been the increased issue of online piracy and accessibility of titles from launch.

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Overall, in 2021 consumer spending on movies across all platforms including SVOD, traditional home entertainment and theatrical will account for $60.4 billion, down $5 billion from pre-pandemic levels. At the height of the pandemic, total movie spending reached $46 billion, with the largest share from an ever-growing SVOD base.

By 2022, Omdia forecasts that total consumer movie spending will rise to a record $80 billion globally. Mid recovery, exhibitors will generate just 33% of consumer spending this year compared with more than 55% pre-pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on studio revenues and shifted the way in which movies have been released,” Charlotte Jones, principal analyst at Omdia, said in a statement. “Theatrical windows are still a key revenue generator for studios and whilst there has been experimentation with alternative platforms and distribution models, over the course of the next few months studios will return to theatrical exclusivity for key blockbuster titles before releasing on other platforms.”

To reach its fiscal projections, Omdia compared the box office and home entertainment revenue of the top 50 movies in 2019 across different pandemic-era release strategies. The projection models took into account a relative cannibalization of traditional windows by each distribution strategy and suggested how much missing revenue needed to be made up for SVOD subscriber gains or incremental PVOD revenue.

The baseline transactional revenue for a typical major blockbuster is around $300 million per title, with cinema revenue at $178 million per title. In the U.S., typically, 60% of aggregate revenue is generated by theaters, with 75% of this tally generated within first 17 days (three weekends) of release.

The biggest impact for exhibitors from shifting windows has been the introduction of day-and-date release windows across both SVOD and PVOD platforms, including some of the largest titles of the year.

Concurrent releases accounted for 54% of box office revenue in U.S. theaters through mid-June 2021. Omdia expects that studios will predominantly migrate back to a theatrical strategy for major titles over the next few months.

Omdia contends day-and-date releases to SVOD impacts a title’s box office upwards of 20%. Whereas minimally cannibalistic strategies such as a 45-day window negatively impact box office revenue by 5%, and alternative distribution models, such as PVOD and concurrent PVOD also negatively impact box office by 5% to 20%.

More importantly, the report contends that traditional home entertainment revenue was put at greater risk by alternative distribution than theatrical.

“Blockbusters will continue to drive the most amount of box office revenue for exhibitors, however it is the Tier 2/Tier 3 titles that will see their window models shift, resulting in a larger decline in the traditional revenue measurement for studios,” said Jones. “Conversely, flexibility in release windows will also admit a wider variety of content into cinemas.”

DC Fandome Streaming Event Returning Oct. 16

DC Fandome, an online Comic-Con alternative for WarnerMedia properties, will return Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. PT.

The free virtual event will once again give fans of superhero, sci-fi and other genre programming a chance to immerse themselves in content at DCFanDome.com and celebrate the stars and creators of their favorite feature films, live-action and animated television series, games, comics, home entertainment releases and more. Casts and creators behind fan-favorite DC games, comics, movies and TV shows will gather to unveil breaking news, exclusive trailers and announcements, never-before-seen footage, revealing conversations, and more surprises in the DC FanDome.

“DC FanDome 2020 was a first-of-its kind global virtual fan experience and showcased every aspect of the DC Universe with unprecedented scale and access. This year, we’re taking everything that people loved about DC FanDome and supercharging it to super-serve fans with even more exclusive first-looks, breaking news, in-depth interviews and insight from the stars and creative teams of their favorite DC content,” Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, said in a statement.

The 2020 event generated more than 22 million global views across 220 countries and territories with more than 150 million views of trailer content.

DC FanDome 2021 will stream via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, giving fans more ways to watch the events unfolding in DC FanDome’s Hall of Heroes. Additionally, DC Kids FanDome will launch the same day with a special kid-friendly experience accessed separately at DCKidsFanDome.com.

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Among the schedule for DC FanDome 2021:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures will showcase six titles, with an exclusive trailer for The Batman, new content from DC League of Super-Pets, a first look at Black Adam, a sneak peek at The Flash, and behind-the-scenes looks at Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
  • Warner Bros. Television will offer a look at new seasons of “Batwoman,” “The Flash,” “Superman & Lois” and “Sweet Tooth”; a farewell tribute to “Supergirl” as it approaches its finale after six seasons; a celebration of 100 episodes of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”; a first look at forthcoming new drama “Naomi”; and a sneak peek at an upcoming episode of “DC’s Stargirl.”
  • Warner Bros. Games will feature new reveals from the highly anticipated Gotham Knights, developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, developed by Rocksteady Studios.
  • HBO Max will unveil an exclusive look at the upcoming series “Peacemaker” and limited event series “DMZ.” The streamer is also debuting more surprises and sneak peeks from new series as well as returning favorites such as “Titans” and “Doom Patrol.” All four series hail from Warner Bros. Television.
  • Warner Bros. Animation will feature a look at the upcoming limited series “Aquaman: King of Atlantis”; provide a sneak peek at season three of the adult animated comedy series “Harley Quinn” and share what’s in store for #HarIvy; deliver a very early look at the next animated chapter of the Dark Knight in the all-new upcoming series “Batman: Caped Crusader”; and give fans a preview of “Young Justice: Phantoms” (promoters have issued a spoiler warning).
  • Warner Bros Home Entertainment will preview two upcoming original DC Animated Films: a sneak peek at Superman and the rest of the Justice League in Injustice, an all-new animated movie inspired by the popular games and comic, as well as the premiere of the trailer for the all-new animated heist movie Catwoman: Hunted. Both movies are produced in association with Warner Bros. Animation.
  • DC publishing will showcase a number of upcoming comic books, including tie-ins to the 80th anniversary of Wonder Woman.


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Through the end of October, Warner Bros. Consumer Products is offering the DC FanDome Shop in the United States with additional territories around the world to follow, allowing fans from across the globe to stock up on DC FanDome apparel, accessories, collectibles and more. Featuring exclusive DC Comics merchandise, the DC FanDome Shop will drop new items every week leading up to the main event Oct. 16.

In addition, leading up to DC FanDome and the event day itself, online comics database DC Universe Infinite will be releasing more than 300 comics and graphic novels available to read for free with registration. New titles will be available each week, starting with the complete storyline of Flashpoint, fan-favorite series Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1 and, available for the first time on DC Universe Infinite, The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes.

Netflix Testing Video Games in Poland

Netflix has begun rollout of mobile video games, testing the concept with branded “Stranger Things” games in Poland. The American series has proved to be one of Netflix most popular and critically acclaimed original shows, with a fourth season launching in 2022.

The games, Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3 are available in Polish and ad-free to mobile subscribers using Android devices.

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“Let’s talk about Netflix games,” read a translated blog post. “Starting today, users in Poland can try out two mobile games on Android. We are at an early stage and we still have a lot of work to do in the coming months, but this is our first step.”

Netflix earlier this year announced the hire of video game executive Mike Verdu to spearhead the streamer’s online gaming strategy.

Netflix Picks Ups Fourth, Final Season of ‘Manifest’

Netflix has made a habit of rescuing canceled network TV series for a second life on SVOD. The latest is shuttered NBC supernatural airplane disaster show “Manifest,” which the Peacock network ended last June after three seasons.

The series plotline revolves around the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for more than five years. As those aboard reintegrate into society, they experience guiding voices and visions of events yet to occur, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds. The show’s cast includes Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis and J.R. Ramirez, among others.

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Netflix Aug. 30 announced it has picked up a fourth and final season of the show, which has been a ratings winner for the SVOD behemoth, according to Nielsen. Indeed, the series tracked nearly 11 billion minutes streamed across 29 episodes (two seasons) over a seven-week period between July and August. The numbers bested Netflix original programming, in addition to high-profile competitors, including Disney+ original series “Loki,” among others.

Netflix will likely stream season three ahead of the fourth season, which reportedly will include 20 episodes divided over two seasons. A release date for all-new “Manifest” episodes on Netflix has not been announced.

Other shuttered TV series Netflix has rescued and/or re-imagined include: “Designated Survivor,” “Lucifer,” “Arrested Development,” “Longmire,” “The Killing,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Fuller House,” among others.

Data: Vacation, Soccer, ‘The Walking Dead’ Resonate Among Global Streamers

Who says Americans never take a vacation?

New data from Samba TV found that Americans aren’t opposed to the concept of a week off when it’s the storyline to a movie. More than 777,000 U.S. households streamed Hulu original movie Vacation Friends on its Friday launch plus two days.

The ‘R’-rated comedy, starring John Cena and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), about a couple that meets up with another couple while on vacation in Mexico, but their friendship takes an awkward turn when they get back home, debuted on the Disney-owned SVOD platform Aug. 27.

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Samba said the movie’s audience skewed female (+9%), younger (44 and below), and black (+42%). Of the top 25 largest designated market areas (DMAs), St Louis over-indexed the most (+90%), followed by Raleigh, NC (+42%) and Atlanta (+35%).

Separately, 144,000 U.K. households streamed (live+ same-day) the Aug. 29 Ligue 1 soccer match between Stade de Reims and Paris Saint-Germain on BT Sport 2. Streaming viewership was up 395% from the match between the same clubs on the same channel nearly a year ago (Sept. 27, 2020). That contest, of course, didn’t feature the Ligue 1 debut of Argentinian soccer legend Lionel Messi. Among U.K. regions, Scotland over-indexed the most (+54%), followed by London (+34%) for the match.

Meanwhile, 110,000 British households, 69,000 German homes and 26,000 Austrian households streamed the premier episode of season 11 of “The Walking Dead” on Disney+ during the Live + six-day window. Of the U.K. regions, Wales over-indexed the most (+32%), followed by North East and Cumbria (+28%). Of the German regions, Saarland over-indexed the most (+62%), followed by Schleswig-Holstein (+57%).

Kaleidescape Bows 72TB Movie Server

Private movie playback company Kaleidescape has announced the new Kaleidescape Terra 72 terabyte movie server.

The server carries a suggested retail price of $23,995.

The Terra 72 server, when combined with a Strato C movie player, provides  lossless multi-channel audio and visually lossless 4K Ultra HD video, thanks to a video compression solution utilizing four to five times the video bit rate of competing digital video services, according to Kaleidescape.

“The Kaleidescape Terra 72 is the largest 4K movie server we have developed to date, designed specifically for customers looking to move from disc to digital or increase their collection through our award-winning movie store,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement. “The new offering can store nearly 1,200 high fidelity 4K UHD movies in unrivaled quality, delivering faster download speeds and a seamless playback experience for the ultimate movie collector.”

With the power to download feature-length 4K movies in as little as 10 minutes on a gigabit internet connection, the Terra 72 can also download content while supporting playback on multiple Strato players, according to the company. The foundation for a multi-room Kaleidescape Strato system, the Terra 72 movie server can support any number of Strato C players and serve up to 10 simultaneous 4K UHD playbacks, according to Kaleidescape.

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The Kaleidescape movie store has the largest collection of 4K titles available and boasts more than 12,000 titles for purchase and more than 8,000 for rent, according to the company. Users can rent or download movies in reference quality 4K HDR with lossless Dolby Atmos and DTS-X audio, surpassing even 4K UHD discs in both convenience and quality by going beyond optical disc capacity and bit rate limits, according to the company. Kaleidescape also offers nearly 400 4K UHD titles not available on Blu-ray Disc.

The Terra 72 movie server stores high-fidelity movies on an array of hard drives and is designed to continue operating even if a hard drive fails. When the failed drive is replaced, its movies are automatically restored from the cloud. In addition to storing movies, Terra 72 provides caching, staging and computing services that improve player performance. The Terra is also available with either 24TB or the recently announced 48TB capacity, and multiple Terras can be combined for more storage.