Costco Considered Free SVOD Service for Executive Members

Taking a page out of the Amazon Prime Video playbook, Costco Wholesale has reportedly considered launching an over-the-top video service for its premiere membership customers. The service, which would have partnered with an existing OTT video platform to reduce costs, aimed to mirror Prime Video offering Prime members free access to myriad catalog TV shows … Continue reading “Costco Considered Free SVOD Service for Executive Members”

MoviePass, Fandor Extend Costco Joint-Sub Deal

Movie-theater subscription service MoviePass and indie-film streaming service Fandor have extended their Movie Lovers Package offer at Costco post holidays. The package deal for both services is available to Costco members for a flat fee of $89.99 and non-Costco members for $89.99 plus a 5% surcharge, and covers a year of membership for both MoviePass … Continue reading “MoviePass, Fandor Extend Costco Joint-Sub Deal”

Vizio Launches Free Holiday ‘Winter Watchland’ VOD Content

Vizio Dec. 9 announced it has launched “Winter Watchland,” a collection of more than 500 hours of holiday-themed featured movies, TV shows, recipes, and music on its ad-supported streaming service, WatchFree+. Sponsored by Microsoft, “Winter Watchland” is on-demand programming now available on all Vizio SmartCast TVs. Holiday curated channels feature more than 31 holiday movies, … Continue reading “Vizio Launches Free Holiday ‘Winter Watchland’ VOD Content”

Netflix Fulfills $100 Million Cash Commitment to Black Financial Institutions

Netflix Dec. 1 announced it has completed a pledge to contribute 2% of its free cash, about $100 million, to black banks and related financial institutions by the end of 2021. In a post, Netflix treasurer Shannon Alwyn, and Aaron Mitchell, director of human resources for Netflix Animation Studios, wrote the funds would translate into … Continue reading “Netflix Fulfills $100 Million Cash Commitment to Black Financial Institutions”

‘Super Saturday’ (Dec. 21) Sales Topped Black Friday

With the winter retail holidays a week shorter than last year, merchants have pulled out the stops attempting to get consumers into stores and online before Christmas. New data from retail research firm Customer Growth Partners suggests marketing efforts coupled with last-minute shopping holiday shopping is paying off. Consumers spent a record $34.4 billion, the … Continue reading “‘Super Saturday’ (Dec. 21) Sales Topped Black Friday”

Great Day in the Morning

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Available via Warner Archive Warner; Western; $21.99 Blu-ray; Not Rated. Stars Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr, Alex Nicol. By the year Great Day in the Morning was released, owner Howard Hughes had finished ruining RKO Pictures to the point where he now could sell it — thus enabling him to … Continue reading “Great Day in the Morning”

The Far Country

BLU-RAY REVIEW: MVD/Arrow; Western; $39.95 Blu-ray; Not rated. Stars James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan. Though his infectious smile directed mostly at Walter Brennan goes a long way to defuse this perception, 1954’s The Far Country surprises a little by casting James Stewart as a real hard-ass with some unattractive traits, given that … Continue reading “The Far Country”

MoviePass Lost More Money Than Originally Reported

In another blow to fiscally-challenged theatrical ticket subscription service MoviePass, parent Helios and Matheson Analytics March 12 issued a revised financial statement revealing the service lost millions more than originally reported. HMNY said its revised third-quarter (ended Sept. 30, 2018) net loss topped $146.6 million — nearly 7% more than a net loss of $137 … Continue reading “MoviePass Lost More Money Than Originally Reported”

Walmart Drops Streaming Video Plans, Will Focus on Vudu Unit

Walmart reportedly has shelved plans to launch a branded over-the-top video streaming service. CNBC, citing sources familiar with the situation, said the world’s largest retailer dropped the idea after negotiations with former Epix CEO Mark Greenberg to spearhead an OTT video platform fell through. Greenberg has also approached Costco regarding launching a branded OTT video … Continue reading “Walmart Drops Streaming Video Plans, Will Focus on Vudu Unit”

MoviePass Inks Promo Deal with Postmates Courier Service

Looking to retain subscribers and diversify revenue streams, fiscally-challenged ticket subscription service MoviePass Aug. 30 announced a promotional deal with Postmates, the San Francisco-based online courier service. Postmates gives consumers access — via courier delivery — to more than 250,000 local merchants that were previously inaccessible online in more than 385 cities. Postmates has helped … Continue reading “MoviePass Inks Promo Deal with Postmates Courier Service”