• Bundling Is the Streaming Future

    My husband recently asked me if we should keep our Discovery+ subscription. We’d gotten it through some sort of free trial and that trial was up. Having perused the content and watched a little, I said, “No. That will be combined with HBO Max soon.” Indeed. That’s what every streaming subscriber is looking for, a … Continue reading “Bundling Is the Streaming Future”

  • Mad for Ads

    I’m old enough to remember that when cable first appeared on the television scene, one of its biggest enticements was little to no advertising with the content compared to broadcast. Slowly but surely, over the decades each cable channel gathered more and more advertising until watching a two-hour movie could stretch to nearly four hours … Continue reading “Mad for Ads”

  • Watching Together

    Once again, families and friends gathered around the TV this month for the annual Super Bowl, one of the last big communal viewing events — which are getting rarer all the time. With streaming services offering so many choices to satisfy individual tastes — programs that are available anytime — we are all watching different … Continue reading “Watching Together”

  • Streaming’s Biggest Flaw is Search and Discovery

    The heady days of OTT discovery may be over, at least as far as paid services are concerned. In a Whip Media study of nearly 4,000 U.S. consumers, survey respondents said they subscribed to an average of 4.7 services and plan to add only one more. More than two-thirds (70%) of respondents said they feel … Continue reading “Streaming’s Biggest Flaw is Search and Discovery”

  • Older Content Is Streaming Gold

    During this month’s virtual CES, Nielsen released its top 10 lists of titles streamed in 2020 in terms of minutes viewed. By far, the acquired titles streaming list was dominated by series that began more than a decade ago, led not unexpectedly by “The Office,” which premiered in 2005. Other 2005 debutantes included “Grey’s Anatomy” … Continue reading “Older Content Is Streaming Gold”

  • 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”