Comedy ‘Family Camp’ Arrives on DVD, Digital and VOD June 28

The family comedy Family Camp arrives on DVD, digital and VOD June 28 from Lionsgate.

The film follows two families competing for the coveted camp trophy while the dads try to keep their families and marriages together. In the film, when Grace Ackerman signs her family up for a rustic summer Family Camp, a comedy of errors ensues as these polar-opposite families must share a yurt and compete for the camp’s coveted games trophy. It’s not until the two dads end up lost in the woods that their faith and family bonds are truly tested.

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Special features on DVD include the trailer, “Heart of Family Camp,” “Who Are the Skit Guys?,” deleted scenes, deleted scenes with director commentary, “Rhett Walker Goes Behind the Scenes,” and “Eddie’s Yurt Tour.”

OTT.X Hosts Streamers, Advertisers at XFronts

OTT.X held its inaugural “XFronts” event May 24-25 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The XFronts event, which drew nearly 400 guests, was an exchange consisting of pitches and presentations by prominent and up-and-coming AVOD and FAST platforms, networks, and channels to an audience of brands, advertisers and ad agencies, according to OTT.X. Presentations included details about lineups, content promotion and other plans for the coming year. The opening reception was held Tuesday evening, May 24. (Media Play News staff photos.)

Shout! Factory Readies Complete Series Blu-ray Disc Set of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’

Shout! Factory on May 25 announced it will release the complete series of “The Six Million Dollar Man” on Blu-ray Disc on July 12, 2022. The 33-disc boxed set will include the original broadcast episodes of the entire series and come packed with a wealth of bonus features including the three pilot films, new audio commentary with author Herbie J. Pilato and more.

Running for five seasons in the 1970s, “The Six Million Dollar Man” made a star out of actor Lee Majors and a memorable pop culture figure in fictional character Steve Austin. The success of the series led to a flurry of action figures, comic books, lunchboxes, coloring books, records, board games and eventually “The Bionic Woman,” a spin-off series featuring lead character Jaime Sommers. 

The three pilot films and all 99 episodes were transferred in 2015 from new interpositive film elements struck in 2011 from the original negative. The complete series set can be ordered now on ShoutFactory.com.

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In the series, Col. Steve Austin is badly injured in an aircraft crash. He is rebuilt with cutting-edge bionic technology. Atomic-powered limbs propel him at speeds of 60 mph, giving him the ability to overturn massive objects and take on the world’s most nefarious villains and their evil plans. 

NFL Set to Launch SVOD Service This Summer

The National Football League is reportedly preparing to launch a monthly subscription streaming service as early as July. Dubbed NFL Plus, the $4.99 monthly streaming service would be available on portable devices and offer the same live games currently broadcast on local TV networks.

The league previously streamed select games on laptops and other portable devices through agreements with third-party telecom carriers. Those agreements have since expired.

NFL owners discussed the platform at the ongoing summer meeting in Atlanta, according to Sports Business Journal.

The NFL currently airs games through multi-billion-dollar distribution deals with Fox, NBC, CBS, and ESPN, in addition to an exclusive pact with Amazon Prime Video for NFL Thursday Night Football beginning this year.

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Netflix: ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Topped Weekly Streaming with 108 Million Hours

The verdict is in.

The Netflix original series “The Lincoln Lawyer” topped the streamer’s most-viewed English language TV list with  108.09 million hours, making it the most viewed title of the week. Starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, the drama made the Top 10 in 90 countries.

In advance of the anticipated return of Season 4, Vol. 1, “Stranger Things Season 1” entered the list with 9.49 million hours viewed. “Ozark Season 4” came in at No. 2 with 31.4 million hours viewed, appearing in 50 countries. Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, the series also jumped into the 9th spot on the most popular list with 480.85 million hours viewed.

“Boss Baby: Back in the Crib” brought the entire family together. The animated series debuted in third place with 16.52 million hours viewed. Emmy-winning “Love, Death + Robots” third volume returned with 14.42 million hours viewed. The animated anthology cracked the Top 10 in 28 countries. Remaining on the list for a second week in a row was “The Circle Season 4” (15.44 million hours viewed), “Bling Empire Season 2” (15.23 million hours viewed), “Bridgerton Season 2” (13.66 million hours viewed), “Workin’ Moms Season 6” (12.74 million hours viewed) and “Savage Beauty” (11.39 million hours viewed).

On the non-English language TV side, fans received the long-awaited answer to “Who Killed Sara?” the third and final season of the Mexican thriller was No. 1 with 46.59 million hours viewed and appeared in the Top 10 in 68 countries. Season 1 also entered the list in the fifth spot with 14.21 million hours viewed.

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“Welcome to Eden” continued to take viewers on a journey full of twists and turns. The Spanish drama had 28.66 million hours viewed and remained in the Top 10 in 68 countries. Spanish thriller “Wrong Side of the Tracks” debuted with 20.2 million hours views. The suspenseful series was in the Top 10 in 31 countries. After 11 weeks, Korean drama Business “Proposal” kept audiences entertained with 13.22 million hours viewed this week.

In its second week, the Rebel Wilson comedy Senior Year was No. 1 on the English language movie list with 62.42 million hours viewed across 93 countries. A Perfect Pairing was No. 2 with 33 million hours streamed. Our Father, Marmaduke, Operation Mincemeat and 365 Days: This Day continued to show staying power.

On the non-English Films list, new entrants included Danish drama Toscana with 14.83 million hours viewed, Dutch romantic comedy F*ck Love Too with 8.38 million hours viewed, and Korean drama Cyberhell: Exposing an Internet Horror with 3.43 million hours viewed.

Spanish comedies The Perfect Family and Honeymoon with My Mother continued to keep fans laughing. The films came in with 14.4 million hours viewed and 3 million hours viewed, respectively. Meanwhile, French comedy The Takedown had 10.82 million hours viewed. The film continued to climb the Most Popular list landing at No. 6 with 70.29 million hours viewed.

‘Uncharted’ Maintains Top Spot on Redbox Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Uncharted for a second week was No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended May 22.

The adaptation of the popular video game franchise of the same name stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of treasure hunters seeking hidden gold from the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. It earned $147.7 million at the domestic box office.

The comedy Dog remained No. 2 on both the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions. The film stars Channing Tatum as an Army Ranger transporting a fallen commander’s dog to the funeral. Dog is distributed through digital channels by MGM and on disc by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Paramount’s sci-fi actioner Infinite debuted at No. 3 on the disc rental chart. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. The film follows characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to protect the future of humanity in a race against time in the fight between good and evil. It was No. 5 on the digital chart.

The No. 3 Redbox On Demand title was the new-to-digital-sellthrough Morbius from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on Marvel Comics characters, the film stars Jared Leto as a doctor whose attempts to cure his disease give him vampire-like powers. It earned $73.25 million at the domestic box office.

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Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home slipped a spot to No. 4 on both charts.

The No. 5 disc rental was Universal Pictures’ Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight. It was No. 10 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 22:

  1. Uncharted — Sony Pictures
  2. Dog — Warner
  3. Infinite — Paramount
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  5. Blacklight — Universal
  6. Vendetta — Vertical
  7. Moonfall — Lionsgate
  8. Sing 2 — Universal
  9. Panama — Paramount
  10. Black Site — Redbox

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 22:

  1. Uncharted — Sony Pictures
  2. Dog — MGM
  3. Morbius — Sony Pictures
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  5. Infinite — Paramount
  6. Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home — Sony Pictures
  7. Moonfall — Lionsgate
  8. The Bad Guys — Universal
  9. Vendetta — Vertical
  10. Blacklight — Universal

 

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JustWatch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Going in Opposite Market Directions

Since launching service in 2019, Disney+ has acquired 18% market share of the SVOD ecosystem, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 100 countries.

At the same time, SVOD pioneers Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have seen their respective market shares decline 5% and 4% to around 30% since January 2021. Other gainers include HBO Max, up around 13%, while Hulu and Apple TV+ have realized market share declines.

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36-Year-Old ‘Top Gun’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

With the upcoming Memorial Day theatrical release of oft-delayed sequel Top Gun: Maverick, the 1986 original Top Gun bumped up to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart through May 25 as consumers reconnect with the franchise. In the process, the Tom Cruise-starring Paramount Home Entertainment original becomes the oldest movie to ever rank atop the Official Film Chart.

Leading with 70% of its sales coming from digital downloads, the movie’s success reflects the U.K.’s enduring love of the franchise. The sequel received strong applause at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The growing wealth and breadth of content available on digital formats afford classic films such as Top Gun to enjoy a resurgence with new generations decades after their initial release.

Meanwhile, last week’s chart-topper, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Uncharted moved down to the No. 2 spot, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Sing 2 drops to No. 3, and SPHE’s Spider-Man: No Way Home fell to No. 4.

This week’s highest new entry came from EIV comedy-drama Dog, starring Channing Tatum and directed by Tatum and Reid Carolin – both of whom make their directorial debuts with the film. In the film an army ranger (Tatum) must transport the beloved military working dog of a fellow soldier to his funeral, which becomes the road-trip of a lifetime.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Dune finished at No. 6, while The Matrix Resurrections dropped to No. 7, and Universal’s biographical drama Belfast finished at No. 8. Disney animated musical Encanto rebounded to No. 9, and J-Lo and Owen Wilson round off the Top 10 with Marry Me.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 25, 2022

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
5 1 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
1 2 UNCHARTED SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
2 3 SING 2 UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
3 4 SPIDER-MAN – NO WAY HOME SPHE
NEW 5 DOG EIV
4 6 DUNE (2021) WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
6 7 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
7 8 BELFAST UPHE
10 9 ENCANTO WALT DISNEY
9 10 MARRY ME MEDIUMRARE

© Official Charts Company 2022

OTT.X XFronts Event Spotlights FAST, AVOD Services

Ad-supported streaming services took center stage on the first day of the inaugural OTT.X XFronts event, taking place May 24-25 in Los Angeles.

The event is an exchange consisting of pitches and presentations by prominent and up-and-coming AVOD and FAST (free ad-supported streaming) platforms, networks and channels to an audience of brands, advertisers and ad agencies.

OTT.X president and CEO Mark Fisher said XFronts tallied nearly 400 registrants.

In welcoming the crowd, Erick Opeka, Cinedigm chief strategy offer and one of the creators of the event, said XFronts was designed to help “build the next generation of great streaming companies.”

“For years, the [ad-supported streaming] business was tiny, incremental and frankly a rounding error,” he said. But now with Netflix and other major streamers looking at ad-supported tiers, he noted, “The rest of the industry is catching up.”

Prior to a panel titled “Is FAST Programming Moving in the Direction of Cable TV?” TelevisaUnivision’s Richard Hull said that linear streaming was indeed encroaching on traditional TV turf.

“You’re finally seeing a transition of all the linear dollars on broadcast and cable TV starting to move over to these free ad-supported platforms,” he said.

Panelists agreed that FAST services were the new frontier in the linear TV business that cable and broadcast built.

“We actually consider ourselves as being in the cable TV business,” said Stuart McLean, CEO of FAST Studios, which features numerous channels and is soon launching the Women’s Sports Network. “All of our team come out of the cable business.”

“But there’s the data to back it up on who’s watching when,” he added.

“That’s something that cable’s never been able to do, [serve up ads] customized for the user,” added panelist Anthony Layser, of Xumo.

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Adam Bergman, VP of national ad sales for Vizio, which offers FAST services on its connected TV screens including its own WatchFree+, noted Vizio is a service just like cable “without the strings” and also pointed out streamers’ added power of data in serving advertisers.

“That’s my screen and my remote in your hand,” he said of the Vizio service. “I know more than anyone about what happens on my screen.”

Xumo’s Layser said the ad-supported business started to really take off in 2019. “The content doors started opening,” he said, noting that services such as Tubi, Pluto TV and Roku paved the way. “Since that time it’s very different in terms of the premium nature of the content,” he said, adding “more and more studio catalog is available.” Original programming in the space has also started to pop up, he said. Tubi has started to ad originals, he noted with a nod to fellow panelist Sam Harowitz, VP of content acquisition and partnerships at the streamer.

“Our overarching strategy is to superserve passionate communities,” Harowitz said, noting that Tubi has a library of 40,000 titles. In measuring Tubi’s success, he looks at “the total view time that a customer is spending on our service.” Tubi is also built around machine learning, which helps to serve up better content to consumers the more they watch, he said, driving engagement.

While distribution is cheap in the marketplace, FAST Studios’ McLean said, “At the end of the day, you still have to have scale.”

As streamers jockey for distribution partners, carriage conflicts like those frequently experienced in the cable marketplace could become more common, said Vizio’s Bergman, pointing to the dustup between Roku and HBO Max.

“One will look to have the upper hand when maybe they shouldn’t,” he said, pointing out that carriers might say, “I am fine without your content if those are the terms.”

The first day of the conference also included company presentations with details about lineups, content promotion and other plans for the coming year. Presenting companies included FAST Studios, which highlighted the launch of the Women’s Sports Network with an ESPN and surf star; Cinedigm, which outlined its genre-based channels and a partnership with Roundtable Entertainment; Future Today, which highlighted its kids and family content; Plex, which spotlighted its new content discovery product; and AfroLandTV, which highlighted its African content and a move into original programming starting with an African food show.

Thriller ‘9 Bullets’ Heading to Blu-ray and DVD June 7

Screen Media June 7 will release the thriller 9 Bullets on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 7.

In the film, a former burlesque dancer turned author (Lena Headey) discovers a second chance at life and redemption when she risks everything to rescue her young neighbor after he witnesses the murder of his parents. Now on the run from a local crime boss (Sam Worthington), who happens to be her longtime ex, she makes a desperate attempt to get the boy to safety.

The cast also includes Dean Scott Vasquez, Cam Gigandet, La La Anthony, Martin Sensmeier and Barbara Hershey.

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