• Windows Are Closing

    Several “captains” in this month’s Women in Home Entertainment section noted that one of the long-term effects of the pandemic may be a change in how entertainment is distributed to consumers. Indeed, we’ve already seen the beginnings of that dramatic shift in content windowing with premium VOD releases such as Trolls World Tour and Scoob!, … Continue reading “Windows Are Closing”

  • Ending a Relationship

    It had been a long time coming. Cable TV had been a big part of our lives for decades, a constant entertainment companion, but being together so much during the pandemic took a toll on the relationship. Suddenly, those ever-expanding commercial breaks seemed endless after watching ad-free streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon … Continue reading “Ending a Relationship”

  • COVID-19 a Push to Cut the Cord

    During the pandemic, consumers are sitting at home looking for more visual entertainment than ever before — and evaluating their options. Happily, the disc has gotten a lift as consumers realize the value of the stalwart format, while digital transactional retailers have gained in part by offering premium VOD titles that bypassed or left theaters … Continue reading “COVID-19 a Push to Cut the Cord”

  • Disc Continues to Spin

    While premium VOD has been a rising star in the pandemic, the crisis is also giving new life to an aging player, the disc. Warner home entertainment chief Jim Wuthrich presented studio research showing the growth in home entertainment spending after stay-at-home orders took effect and noted physical held up. “The physical business has been … Continue reading “Disc Continues to Spin”

  • Streaming Services Have Home Field Advantage

    With the increased calls for Americans to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak, many see home entertainment — especially streaming services — as a big winner. Indeed, consumers confined to their homes may give the industry a boost, but not all streaming services are equal. Netflix, which has pretty much maxed out its U.S. subscriptions, … Continue reading “Streaming Services Have Home Field Advantage”

  • ‘Gemini Man’: Home Entertainment Shows Off Again With Will Smith

    Whenever a new format hits the home entertainment market promising a leap in quality, there’s always that one disc that you choose to show it off. When we were first demonstrating our HD system, the Blu-ray Disc of I, Robot, starring Will Smith, was our go-to title to wow the neighbors. As 4K Ultra HD … Continue reading “‘Gemini Man’: Home Entertainment Shows Off Again With Will Smith”

  • Streaming Ideal for Miniseries

    Some of the most compelling content I’ve seen this year has been in the miniseries category, mostly via streaming. In recent months, I’ve streamed HBO’s Chernobyl, Amazon’s Good Omens and Netflix’s When they See Us — all miniseries. I also watched the excellent Fosse/Verdon on FX — episode by episode, over time — but would … Continue reading “Streaming Ideal for Miniseries”

  • Movies Anywhere and Data

    Overlooked in the quibbles with digital rights collection service Movies Anywhere (Why no TV shows? Where are Paramount and Lionsgate?) is a potential killer app that those in the transactional business may have overlooked — data. At last month’s Entertainment Merchants Association OTT_X@ Pipeline 2019 conference in Los Angeles, Movies Anywhere GM Karin Gilford noted, … Continue reading “Movies Anywhere and Data”

  • Subs Dive Lower

    Halloween may be Oct. 31, but the real thriller in Hollywood will hit in November. Disney+ and Apple TV+ are in a sub battle to the pricing floor. After Disney+ announced its Nov. 12 launch at $6.99 a month, with special offers dipping below $4 a month, Apple TV+ Sept. 10 an­nounced it would launch … Continue reading “Subs Dive Lower”

  • Finding the Key to SVOD Success

    Original content has been the star on SVOD services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, with upcoming services Apple TV+ and Disney+ teasing originals in celebrity-filled press conferences. But catalog content is an important supporting player. Certainly, originals can attract eyeballs, said the NPD Group’s Kathi Chandler-Payatt at last month’s EMA summit. She noted that … Continue reading “Finding the Key to SVOD Success”