Looking Back: 2011, Slow Recovery From the Recession

Ten years ago, home entertainment executives were more upbeat than they had been in years. The business posted its first positive quarter since the start of the 2008 global economic meltdown. With a 20% year-over-year sales gain, Blu-ray Disc was rejuvenating the physical disc business, while 3D Blu-ray was the talk of CES. And studio marketers were enthralled with the prospect of digital distribution, with a consortium of studios and other companies launching UltraViolet, a cloud-based “digital locker” that lets consumers stream and download purchased content to multiple platforms and devices. David Bishop, at the time president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, called UltraViolet “a major game changer.” The nascent streaming business, meanwhile, stumbled when Starz Entertainment ended content license renegotiations with Netflix, which meant the service would soon lose access to Disney and Sony Pictures movies.

DEG Slates Virtual Expo on ‘Localization’ on Thursday, June 17

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group this week will host a DEG Expo on the rapidly growing business of content localization, including viewpoints from content owners and technology providers.

The virtual event, called “The Expanding World of Localization,” will be held Thursday, June 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Featured speakers include Mark Howorth, president of the Iyuno-SDI Group, who will discuss the state of the localization industry. Dolby’s Tom McAndrew, senior technical manager of content relations, and Javier Foncillas, VP of commercial partnerships for Europe, will speak about the global demand for immersive audio.

An executive roundtable led by Vuulr CEO Americas Thomas Hughes will discuss the potential and pain points for localization, including workflows, terminology, talent management, DEI and the role of AI in content localization. Participants include James Hurrell, head of content and localization, global operations, for  BBC Studios; Chris Reynolds, EVP and GM of worldwide localization and fulfillment at Deluxe; Gray Ainsworth, EVP of global technical operations and servicing at Lionsgate; and Andrea Sconza, director of localization services at Vubiquity. More perspective on innovating with AI will be shared by Craig Seidel, CTO of Pixelogic, in conversation with Spherex CEO Teresa Phillips and Respeecher CEO Alex Serdiuk.

DEG Expo: The Expanding World of Localization is free to media industry professionals, but registration is required.

To register,  click here.

The full agenda can be found here.

‘The Little Things’ Tops Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ The Little Things took the No. 1 spot on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 8.

The crime thriller starring Denzel Washington jumped nine spaces to take the top spot. It came out on Blu-ray and DVD May 4 after debuting for digital purchase April 20.

Dropping to No. 2 after five weeks at No. 1 was Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984. The DC Comics superhero movie starring Gal Gadot has been available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD since March 30.

The previous week’s top newcomer, Universal’s The Marksman, remained at No. 3, following its digital sellthrough release April 27. In the film, Liam Neeson plays an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. Everything changes when he witnesses migrants fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity such as digital sellthrough, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental.

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Coming in at No. 4 (dropping from No. 2) was Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, the indie arm of 20th Century Studios. It debuted on Blu-ray Disc April 27. Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age remained at No. 5.

New to the chart for the week was Minari, Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actress category, joining the list at No. 15. Also riding Oscar accolades, Judas and the Black Messiah moved up four spots to No. 10. Girl in the Basement, inspired by real-life events, returned to the chart at No. 17 and the comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar returned to the list at No. 18.

  1. The Little Things (Warner)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. The Marksman (Universal)
  4. Nomadland (20th Century)
  5. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  6. News of the World (Universal)
  7. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  10. Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner)
  11. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  12. The Vault (2021, Paramount)
  13. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  15. Minari (Lionsgate)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  17. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  18. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  19. Soul (Disney)
  20. Willie’s Wonderland (Screen Media Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 8.

DEG: Home Entertainment Spending Spikes 10% in Q1, With Streamers the Big Gainers

Consumer home entertainment spending in the first quarter of 2021 rose 10% to $7.8 billion, according to the latest DEG:  The Digital Entertainment Group estimates, released late in the day on May 11.

Spending in the first quarter of 2020, mostly before the pandemic, was $7.1 billion, the trade association estimates.

Estimates for the first quarter of 2021 do not include premium video-on-demand (PVOD), which since the pandemic began has been a significant source of revenue to Hollywood as theaters were mostly dark.

As expected, the biggest gains came from subscription streaming, which according to DEG estimates chalked up a 27.2% consumer spending gain, to $5.95 billion from $4.68 billion in the first quarter of 2020. The segment is led by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+ and HBO Max, services that in March 2021 were joined by Paramount+ and Discovery+.

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Streamers gobbled up nearly 77% of the quarter’s total spend, according to DEG estimates. SVOD numbers, the trade group says, come from Omdia, a technology research firm that is part of Informa Plc., a British multinational publishing, business intelligence, and exhibitions group.

On the transactional front, digital sales fell nearly 18% to an estimated $615.8 million, while digital rentals (VOD) slipped 26.7% to an estimated $494 million. Again, it should be noted that these figures do not include PVOD.

Combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales came in at an estimated $479.3 million, down nearly 25% from the first quarter of 2020.

Observers note that the first quarter of the year was hampered by a dearth of new movies, as studios held back releases in anticipation of theatrical reopenings and capacity ramp-ups once vaccination rates increase and the threat of COVID-19 is reduced through herd immunity.

Los Angeles, the epicenter of the movie business, could reach herd immunity from the coronavirus among adults and the oldest teenagers by mid to late July, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a May 10 news briefing.

Craig Seidel, Premiere Digital Top Winners in DEG’s Technology & Operations Awards

Craig Seidel of Pixelogic Media and Premiere Digital Services were among the top winners at the first-ever Technology & Operations Awards, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group announced April 28.

The new awards program, the trade group says, was created “to recognize exceptional technology accomplishments in the digital supply chain achieved by both companies and individuals.”

Seidel was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his work at former employer MovieLabs, where he led development of the MovieLabs Digital Distribution Framework, the suite of specifications that enable an automated digital supply chain among content providers, retailers/platforms, and service providers.

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Premiere Digital was honored with a People’s Choice award, voted on by attendees during the virtual awards show, with finalists in all categories eligible for the popular vote.

Awards were given out in five categories.

Bill Kotzman of Google and Dave Lindsay of Disney Streaming Services won Technology Leadership honors.

Jason Pena of Google and Kacy Boccumini of Sony Pictures Entertainment won for Technology Achievement.

And the Technology Innovation Award was split by Disney+, the Lionsgate Content Operations Team and Premiere Digital.

“DEG is so pleased to recognize the winners — and all the outstanding finalists — for the inaugural DEG TechOps Awards,” said Amy Jo Smith, president and CEO of the DEG. “As was noted by a number of senior industry executives and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter during the show, our TechOps community is the engine that drives delivery of premium content to consumers across the globe. Without these people, there would be no in-home entertainment as we know it.”

Premiere Digital was the official cocktail sponsor of the DEG TechOps Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Dolby. The Technology Innovation Award was presented by Whip Media. Video production was courtesy of creative content sponsor TiVo/DTS.

The show featured original music created by Ed “Special Ed” Archer, and a pitch for involvement in two organizations that are working to bolster technology education and career opportunities for underserved communities in Los Angeles, DIY Girls and Plug in South LA.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Again Lassos Top Spot on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 again took the top spot on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 17.

The DC-comic-based film starring Gal Gadot — repeating in the top spot for a third week — continued to get a boost from its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD March 30 after being released though digital retailers on March 16 (a release preceded by PVOD and a simultaneous Christmas Day 2020 debut in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max).

News of the World also repeated in the No. 2 spot, while Promising Young Woman rose to the third spot from No. 5 the previous week. The Croods: A New Age fell from No. 3 to No.4 and Monster Hunter dropped one spot to round out the top five.

The crime thriller City of Lies, starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, entered the chart at No. 7 following an April 9 digital release. Other newcomers included USA Network’s and 20th Century Studios’ Queen of the South: Season 5 at No. 19 and the adult drama Monday at No. 20. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series returned to the chart at No. 18, and Paramount’s The Vault made a jump of five spots to take No. 14.

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The Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental).

The Western News of the World (No. 2) stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns and is tasked with returning a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians to her family.

Promising Young Woman (No. 3), nominated for five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event.

Universal Pictures’ DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age (No. 4) features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter (No. 5) stars Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. News of the World (Universal)
  3. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  4. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  5. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  6. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  7. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  8. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  9. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  10. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. Soul (Disney)
  12. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  13. Wrong Turn (2021, Lionsgate)
  14. The Vault (Paramount)
  15. Let Him Go (Universal)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  17. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  18. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner)
  19. Queen of the South: Season 5 (20th Century)
  20. Monday (IFC)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended April 17.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Keeps Top Spot on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 held at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 10.

The DC-comic-based film, repeating in the top spot for a second week, continued to get a boost from its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD March 30 after being released though digital retailers on March 16 (a release preceded by PVOD and a simultaneous Christmas Day 2020 debut in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max).

News of the WorldThe Croods: A New Age and Monster Hunter all repeated in spots two through four, in order, from the previous week. The Oscar-nominated Promising Young Woman, which jumped from No. 6, rounded out the top five.

The comedy Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, co-starring and co-written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), entered the chart at No. 10 after coming out on Blu-ray and DVD April 6. Also new to the chart for the week was Willy’s Wonderland, starring Nicolas Cage, dropping in at No. 11. Shadow in the Cloud, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, returned at No. 18 after its April 6 DVD and Blu-ray release in an otherwise steady chart.

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The Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental).

The Western News of the World (No. 2) stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns and is tasked with returning a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians to her family.

Universal Pictures’ DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age (No. 3) features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter (No. 4) stars Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world.

Promising Young Woman (No. 5), nominated for five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. News of the World (Universal)
  3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  4. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  5. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  6. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  7. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Soul (Disney)
  10. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  11. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  12. Wrong Turn: The Foundation (Lionsgate)
  13. Let Him Go (Universal)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  15. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  16. The Ten Commandments (Paramount)
  17. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  18. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  19. The Vault (Paramount)
  20. Tenet (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended April 10.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Lassos Top Spot on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 flew to the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 3.

The film, which leapt from No. 6 the previous week, got a boost from its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD March 30 after being released on digital March 16 (preceded by PVOD release and simultaneous release in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max).

News of the World, The Croods: A New Age, Monster Hunter and Soul all fell one spot, in order, from the previous week to round out the top five spots.

The Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental).

The Western News of the World (No. 2) stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns and is tasked with returning a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians to her family.

Universal Pictures’ DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age (No. 3) features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter (No. 4) stars Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world.

Disney’s Soul (No. 5) is a Pixar Animation Studios film that as a result of the pandemic bypassed theaters and was released directly through the Disney+ streaming service Dec. 25. Soul was made available on disc and digital sellthrough March 23.

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Meanwhile, Paramount’s classic The Ten Commandments, director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic starring Charlton Heston, entered the chart at No. 10 following its 4K Ultra HD disc debut March 30.

The 2019 monster flick Godzilla: King of the Monsters also entered the chart at No. 12 for the week, drafting off the theatrical and HBO Max release of Godzilla vs. Kong.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. News of the World (Universal)
  3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  4. Monster Hunter (Sony)
  5. Soul (Disney)
  6. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  7. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  8. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  9. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. The Ten Commandments (Paramount)
  11. Wrong Turn: The Foundation (Lionsgate)
  12. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  13. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  15. Tenet (Warner)
  16. Let Him Go (Universal)
  17. The Vault (Paramount)
  18. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  19. Fatale (Lionsgate)
  20. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended April 3.

‘Croods’ Sequel Leads ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Third Straight Week

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age again took the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended March 13, which saw all of the top nine releases stay in place.

The Watched at Home chart tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental).

A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The CroodsA New Age, distributed by Universal Pictures, has topped the Watched at Home chart for three straight weeks and four out of five since it debuted on digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It arrived on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 23. The film features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Repeating at No. 2 was Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich. And repeating at No. 3 was STX Films’ Gerard Butler-starring disaster film Greenland, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Promising Young Woman, which just picked up five Oscar noms on top of its four Golden Globe nominations, moved up two spots to No. 10. The revenge thriller, which debuted on digital March 2, is distributed by Universal. It stars Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan as a former medical student who was headed for success until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. It hit Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 16, just after the chart’s reporting period.

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The week’s top newcomer was Universal’s Tom Hanks Western News of the World, about a former Army captain in the 1870s who moves from town to town sharing the news and agrees to help reunite a girl kidnapped by the Kiowa with her family. It picked up Oscar noms for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Production Design and Best Sound, but not one for Hanks in the lead role. It ranked No. 11 on the Watched at Home chart in its digital sellthrough debut.

The other newcomers were thrillers Crisis (No. 17) and Death Saved My Life (No. 18,) as well as the 2012 Christopher Nolan DC superhero film The Dark Knight Rises, which landed at No. 19.

  1.  The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2.  Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  3. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  4. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  5. Wrong Turn (2021) (Lionsgate)
  6. Fatale (Lionsgate)
  7. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. Tenet (Warner)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  11. News of the World (Universal)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  13. Freaky (Universal)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  15. Let Him Go (Universal)
  16. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  17. Crisis (Quiver Distribution)
  18. Death Saved My Life (A+E)
  19. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner)
  20. Silk Road (Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended March 13.

DEG Forms New Committees, Defines Terms for Direct-to-Consumer Market

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s D2C Alliance Steering Committee Feb. 25 released a list of industry terminology endorsed by its members to help standardize communication about the various digital streaming models and services and to align the messaging regarding their features and benefits.

The Alliance-adopted terminology spans linear, transactional and subscription businesses:

  • AVOD: Ad-Supported Video-on-Demand services are usually free (no subscription fee) or discounted with the inclusion of advertising.
  • DTC: Direct-to-Consumer services deliver single- or multi-channel content to consumers directly from a network or provider.
  • DTO: Download-to-Own digital content is purchased or licensed from platforms like Amazon Prime and iTunes (similar to EST).
  • EST: Electronic Sell-Through enables standard or premium digital content to be streamed or downloaded by consumers for a fixed one-time fee over an extended period of time across multiple delivery points and devices.
  • FAST: Free Ad-Supported Television linear channels are delivered over the internet and available from third party platforms (e.g., Pluto, Tubi).
  • Linear TV: Linear TV refers to live or prerecorded television programs that are distributed in real time, rather than on-demand, by cable (e.g., Comcast), satellite (e.g., DirecTV), telco (e.g., Verizon Fios) or broadcast OTA (over-the-air) networks, as well as internet-delivered digital program distributors (e.g., Hulu + Live TV, YouTubeTV, SlingTV).
  • MVPD: Multichannel Video Program Distributors offer a variety of different linear content channels from multiple providers over cable, satellite or telco services (e.g., Comcast, DISH, DirecTV, Verizon Fios) on a subscription basis. Virtual MVPDS (vMVPDs) offer channels through internet-delivered services (e.g., Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV).
  • O&O: An abbreviated way to reference a broadcast station that is “owned-and-operated” by the network or company that it’s affiliated with. NBC 4 Los Angeles, for example, is owned and operated by NBCUniversal.
  • OTT: Over-the-Top services bypass traditional cable, broadcast and satellite TV platforms and use the internet to deliver or “stream” video directly to viewers. Netflix, Apple TV, and YouTube are all examples of OTT services.
  • PEST: Premium Electronic Sell-Through for a one-time fee offers a specific piece of digital content to be purchased or licensed earlier than its traditional release “window.”
  • PVOD: Premium Video-on-Demand services permit limited-time access, for a one-time fee, to a specific piece of content earlier than its traditional release “window.”
  • SVOD: Subscription Video-on-Demand services require a periodic fixed fee (most often monthly) for accessing and viewing content an unlimited number of times while a subscriber (e.g., Disney+, Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock).
  • TVOD: Transactional Video-on-Demand services charge a one-time fee for viewing a specific piece of content for either a limited rental period (typically 24 or 48 hours), or an extended collection period (EST).

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The DEG’s D2C Alliance is focused on identifying the issues pertaining to both SVOD and AVOD services, including (but not limited to) definitions and standards; uniform messaging; activation and adoption; research and data analytics; consumer consumption patterns; improved quality of service; and generating greater overall awareness about the direct-to-consumer experience.

To this end, the Alliance also recently activated two new committees: TV & Connected Devices and DTC Targeted Services.

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The members of the TV & Connected Devices committee include Amazon, Google, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Electronics, TiVo, Verizon and Xfinity. The TV & Connected Devices committee seeks open communication with platforms and services as a way to improve the overall consumer streaming experience.

The DTC Targeted Services committee is comprised of specialized content companies, such as A+E Networks, AMC Networks, BBC Studios, FilmRise, National Geographic, The Great Courses, PBS Distribution and ScreenHits TV. The goal of the DTC Targeted Services committee is to ensure that the perspective of specialized services is represented in the key industry issues outlined above.

DEG’s D2C Alliance is guided by a group of Steering Committee executives, including Matt Strauss, chairman direct-to-consumer and international at NBCUniversal, as chair; Ron Lamprecht, director corporate business development at Amazon Prime, as vice chair; and Jonathan Zepp, M&E global partnerships, Google Platforms & Ecosystems, and Dan Cohen, president, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, as board officers. The officers were elected by the full D2C Alliance Steering Committee.

“Establishing accepted industry terminology is an important early step in both industry relations and consumer outreach,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president and CEO, in a statement. “This is an important milestone for the D2C Alliance as it moves forward with a strong base of support across platforms and services, device makers and content owners and distributors.”

Also Feb. 25, the DEG is presenting “The Maturing D2C Landscape,” an event to provide more insights about the emerging DTC ecosystem. The virtual event features experts from across the industry speaking about the targeted services landscape and the role connected devices play in consumer experience.