‘Better Call Saul’ Season Five Coming to Disc Nov. 24

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Better Call Saul: Season Five on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 24.

In the fifth season of the critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) begins practicing law under the name Saul Goodman, while Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) begins to question both the direction of her career and her relationship with Jimmy. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) aids Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in his war on the cartel, putting Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) in a compromising position with the relentless Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton).

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Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD include cast and crew commentaries on all 10 episodes, a gag reel, Mesa Verde Bank and Trust TV spots, Kim’s ethics training videos, and a “Crystal Balls” featurette. The Blu-ray also offers deleted scenes, looks at “The Ambush” and “The Cannon Roll” from the episode “Bagman,” and the featurettes “Tell Me Again,” “The Effects for This!” and “The Good, The Bags and The Ugly.”

AMC Networks Expects 4 Million SVOD Subs by Year-End

AMC Networks May 5 said it expects to generate 3.5 million to 4 million combined paid subscribers for its four SVOD services — Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and UMC (Urban Movie Channel) — by the end of the year, two years ahead of the company’s original target.

AMC acquired home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment in 2018 for $65 million largely for British-centric programming service Acorn TV and UMC. Notably, Acorn TV launched in the United Kingdom in Q1 — nine years after bowing in the United States as an alternative to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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Separately, AMC, whose signature original programming includes “The Walking Dead,” “Killing Eve,” and “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul,” inked a distribution deal with ViacomCBS ad-supported streaming VOD platform Pluto TV.

“We continue to make significant progress on our digital initiatives … is enabling us to navigate this challenging time and will continue to serve us well when this [coronavirus] environment stabilizes,” CEO Josh Sapan said in a statement.

Indeed, as it is worldwide, the impact of COVID-19 and measures to prevent its spread significantly affected AMC Networks’ ad revenue and pay-TV business in the quarter and going forward.

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Revenue in the quarter dropped 6.4% to $735 million, while operating profit plummeted nearly 30% to $173 million compared to the previous-year period. Beginning in mid-March, the company experienced adverse advertising sales impacts and suspended content production, which has led to delays in the creation and availability of some of its television programming.

Operationally, nearly all AMC Networks employees are working remotely, and the company has restricted business travel. AMC expects current second quarter revenue to fall 30%.

“In what has been a unique operating environment, [we] continue to generate significant levels of free cash flow and remain well capitalized with a strong balance sheet and strong liquidity,” Sapan said.