HBO Max Launching ‘Game of Thrones’ 10th Anniversary Streaming Event

To mark the 10th anniversary of the premiere of “Game of Thrones,” HBO has launched “The Iron Anniversary,” a month-long event to commemorate the series and build excitement for the next iteration of the franchise, “House of the Dragon,” slated to begin production this year.

A custom spotlight page on HBO Max with personalized curations, a binge-watching marathon, special-edition products, and more, will launch throughout the month.

The HBO series “Game of Thrones” was one of the largest events in television history, with 45 million viewers in the United States, distribution in 207 territories around the world, and a successful run at retail on packaged and digital media.

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HBO Max includes a “Game of Thrones” Spotlight Page, an in app experience offering everything from a broad introduction to the world and characters for newbies, to  spoiler-laden curations featuring “easter eggs” for hardcore fans. The page includes more than 150 videos of behind-the-scenes extras, cast interviews, clips and trailers — many of which have never been available on the streaming platform before.

Beginning April 10, HBO will launch the “Game of Thrones” MaraThrone with all episodes of season one airing, starting at 10 a.m. ET, and will challenge fans to continue to binge watch all 73 episodes of the series on Max while raising money for select global charities.

For two weeks, “Game of Thrones” cast members will rally streamers to contribute to one of 10 charities: Women for Women International, World Central Kitchen, Conservation International, International Rescue Committee (IRC), UNICEF, FilmAid International, SameYou, Royal Mencap Society, National Urban League and The Trevor Project.

A selection of superfans and influencers will receive a custom MaraThrone kit with fun essentials to aid in their marathon viewing experiences, while six unique marathon “routes” will offer a little direction to fans who want to experience the series in a whole new way. Viewers may choose from episode collections focused on the entire series, follow the Mother of Dragons through her most fiery moments, journey with Arya to Braavos and beyond, binge the best battles, watch the Army of the Dead come to life, or relive the series’ biggest spoiler episodes.

Later in the month, HBO will surprise three couples who were married in Westeros-themed ceremonies with special anniversary gifts of their own: “Thrones”-branded barrels of wine, custom chalices, and elaborate cakes designed in partnership with local bakeries to represent the “Game of Thrones” houses of Targaryen, Stark and Lannister.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and its licensing partners have teamed up to create a variety of special-edition products kicking off the Iron Anniversary that include:

  • a one-of-a-kind Imperial egg by Fabergé, inspired by Daenerys Targaryen, and co-designed by series Emmy Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton that includes a miniature crown designed by Clapton, which represents the crown Daenerys would have worn had she taken the Iron Throne;
  • a range of beers inspired by the series from Mikkeller, the Danish craft beer company, including the first beer in the assortment called “Iron Anniversary IPA”;
  • a new iron-textured limited-edition assortment of  “Game of Thrones” Pop! vinyl collectibles and new action figures based on Arya Stark, Khal Drogo, and many more from Funko and available for pre-order now at retailers everywhere;
  • the Game of Thrones: Complete Collection available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray, DVD and through select digital retailers, as well as available to stream on HBO Max.

Report: Top Streamed Content in February: ‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘WandaVision, ‘Attack on Titan’

February was a busy month for consumers of subscription-based VOD. New data from Scener, a platform that enables online watch parties and social networking, found that the most popular programs across Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and HBO Max included teen comedy movie To All The Boys: Always And Forever, animated series “Attack on Titan,” catalog series “Criminal Minds,” “WandaVision” and “Game of Thrones,” respectively.

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Scener’s top most-watched titles on Netflix in February were:

  1. To All The Boys: Always And Forever
  2. “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”
  3. “Bridgerton”
  4. “Space Sweepers”
  5. “Grey’s Anatomy”

 

Scener’s most-watched content on Hulu:

  1. “Attack on Titan”
  2. “The Bachelor”
  3. “How I Met Your Mother”
  4. “Survivor”
  5. “Love Island” (UK)
Hulu’s “Attack on Titan”

HBO Max’s top titles on Scener were:

  1. “Game of Thrones”
  2. The Little Things
  3. My Neighbor Totoro
  4. “South Park”
  5. Princess Mononoke
“Game of Thrones”

The top titles watched by Scener users on Amazon Prime Video:

  1. “Criminal Minds”
  2. Crazy Rich Asians
  3. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  4. The Act
  5. The Maze Runner
“Criminal Minds”

 

Scener’s top titles on Disney+:

  1. WandaVision
  2. Captain America: The First Avenger
  3. The Avengers
  4. Iron Man
  5. Avengers: Endgame
“WandaVision”

4K Ultra HD Release Sends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Set Soaring Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

After We Collided, a romantic drama from Open Road Films, remained No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the third consecutive week.

But the film received a strong challenge during the week ended Nov. 7 from two new releases.

The availability of the complete “Game of Thrones” series on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros. sent the hefty five-pound boxed set, previously issued on DVD and regular Blu-ray Disc,  soaring back up the chart to No. 2.

Debuting at No. 3 was Lionsgate’s Antebellum, a time-shifting horror drama with Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as through digital retailers, on Nov. 3.

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The political documentary Trump Card (No. 4, down from the No. 3 the previous week) and season one of the TV series “Yellowstone” (No. 5, up from No. 12) rounded out the top five on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Trump Card, from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, examines the policy positions held by Democrats in public office. It became available through digital retailers back in early October, but picked up more viewers as the Nov. 3 presidential election approached.

“Yellowstone” is a contemporary Western drama starring Kevin Costner that is centered on the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Other new releases debuting on the “Watched at Home” chart include the original Borat (No. 14), drafting off the sequel’s digital bow on Amazon; the holiday favorite Home Alone (No. 11); and V for Vendetta (No. 12). Demand for the latter was spurred by its Nov. 3 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Warner Bros.

  1. After We Collided (Open Road)
  2. Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection (Warner)
  3. Antebellum (Lionsgate)
  4. Trump Card (D’Souza Media)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  10. Ava (Vertical)
  11. Home Alone (20th Century)
  12. V for Vendetta (Warner)
  13. The Wolf of Snow Hollow (MGM)
  14. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century)
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  16. Trolls World Tour (Universal)
  17. Alone (Magnolia)
  18. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Spell (Paramount)

 

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 Nov. 7.

 

Merchandising: Amazon, Best Buy Offer ‘V for Vendetta’ Exclusives

The Nov. 3 release of Warner’s V for Vendetta 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc inspired a couple of retailer exclusives for the week.

While Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition, at $29.99, another exclusive came from Amazon, which packed the 2006 political thriller with collectible jail-cell packaging, a 32-page behind-the-scenes booklet and a letter from the director. Amazon’s version was listed at $49.99.

Best Buy’s ‘V for Vendetta’ 4K Steelbook

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Meanwhile, as the number of notable new releases seems to shrink each week, Best Buy’s list of Steelbook exclusives only seems to grow.

In addition to V for Vendetta, Best Buy also had a deluxe Steelbook set of Warner’s new Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set, at $239.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Game of Thrones’ 4K Steelbook collection

Other Steelbook editions of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog titles for the week included Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass ($19.99), and Paramount’s $27.99 editions of Forrest Gump, Grease and Bumblebee.

Best Buy’s ‘Forrest Gump’ 4K Steelbook

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Also interesting at Best Buy: Many of the chain’s locations have been clearing out their DVD and Blu-ray inventory from the sales floor. A store in Costa Mesa, Calif., had just one long shelf stocked with product, plus a few standalone displays throughout the store, while the empty shelves that once contained movie and TV discs had been rearranged in the middle of the store and roped off.

Empty DVD and Blu-ray shelves at Best Buy in Costa Mesa, Calif., Nov. 3

‘Antebellum’ Arrives on Disc; Complete ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Now Out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Lionsgate’s  Antebellum, Paramount’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical — Live on Stage! and the third season of “The Crown,” the Netflix historical series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, top the slate of new releases available for home viewers beginning Nov. 3.

Also newly available for purchase are 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of V for Vendetta and the complete HBO series “Game of Thrones,” both from Warner Bros., and Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass.

The time-shifting horror drama Antebellum is now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. It was initially released by Lionsgate on premium VOD at $20 on Sept. 18. The film stars Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical — Live on Stage!, from Nickelodeon, is making its DVD debut on Nov. 3 at $9.99. The disc edition includes an exclusive, extended sing-along version.

The Crown: The Complete Third Season is now out as a four-disc Blu-ray and DVD set from Sony Pictures.  The series is produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Season 3 takes place between 1964 and 1977 and introduces Camilla Parker Bowles, who would later marry Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.

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V for Vendetta and Kick-Ass are the latest high-profile films to be released on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format, which is getting a renewed push by the big Hollywood movie studios as they continue to grapple with a lack of fresh theatrical product.

Also newly available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Nov. 3 is Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection. The set, listed at $254.99, includes all 73 episodes, plus more than 15 hours of bonus content, and a digital copy of the episodes.

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Extras include material previously released in the “Game of Thrones” complete season sets and the 2019 complete series on standard Blu-ray, including a two-part reunion special hosted by Conan O’Brien; the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch chronicling the making of the final season; Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of Seven Kingdoms; and audio commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

A 4K “Game of Thrones” complete-series set also is available in an exclusive limited-edition version at Best Buy at $285.43, with all eight seasons featured in individual Steelbooks and housed in individually numbered metal cases.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Merchandising: Best Buy Selling New ‘Wonder Woman’ Steelbook

Best Buy July 28 began selling a new Steelbook edition of 2017’s Wonder Woman. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was likely planned as a promotional tie-in to its sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, which was originally slated to come out this summer but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is now tentatively slated for October.

The new Wonder Woman Steelbook is priced at $29.99.

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Best Buy is also taking preorders for its 4K Ultra HD Steelbook collector’s set of the complete series of “Game of Thrones” at $239.99. The release date is Nov. 3.

Walmart is offering early sales of Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3 on Blu-ray and DVD. The title will be widely available Aug. 25. The disc is also available early for rental through Redbox kiosks.

‘Game of Thrones’ Complete Series on 4K Disc Due Nov. 3

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Nov. 3. The set, listed at $254.99, will include all 73 episodes of the HBO series in UHD for the first time to own on disc, plus more than 15 hours of bonus content, and a digital copy of the episodes.

The extras include material previously released in the “Game of Thrones” complete season sets and the 2019 complete series on standard Blu-ray, included a two-part reunion special hosted by Conan O’Brien; the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch chronicling the making of the final season; Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of Seven Kingdoms; and audio commentaries, deleted and extended Scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more.

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Best Buy’s 4K ‘Game of Thrones’ Steelbook set

The 4K Ultra HD discs of Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection will feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos soundtracks.

All eight seasons of the show are available for purchase in standard HD from digital retailers.

A 4K “Game of Thrones” complete-series set will also be available in an exclusive limited-edition version at Best Buy at $285.43 with all eight seasons featured in individual Steelbooks and housed in an individually numbered metal case.

Best Buy’s 4K ‘Game of Thrones’ Steelbook set covers

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Takes Top Honors in 2020 Home Media Awards

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earned the top prize in the 10th annual Home Media Awards, which honor the best home video releases of 2019, taking Title of the Year and Best Theatrical Home Release.

Blu-ray Disc of the Year went to Lionsgate’s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut, which also won Best Catalog Home Release and Best Box Art. HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Series won TV on Disc of the Year and Best Packaging.

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Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with an online consumer vote for eligible titles submitted for consideration by studios and distributors.

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2020 Home Media Award Winners

Title of the Year
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Deluxe Edition (Sony Pictures)

TV on Disc of the Year
Game of Thrones: The Complete Series
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (Lionsgate)

Blu-ray Disc of the Year
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut
Lionsgate

Best Box Art
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut
Lionsgate

Best Packaging
Game of Thrones: The Complete Series — Limited Edition
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Game of Thrones: The Complete Series Limited Edition (Warner/HBO)

Best Theatrical Disc
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Catalog Home Release
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut
Lionsgate

Best Movie Collection
The Infinity Saga Collector’s Edition
Disney/Marvel Studios

Best Documentary Movie
Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best AV Quality — Movie
Avengers: Endgame
Disney/Marvel Studios

Best International Film Home Release
Shoplifters
Magnolia Pictures

Best Direct-to-Video/Nontheatrical Movie Release
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Indie/Small-Budget Film Home Release
Freaks
Well Go USA

Best Current TV Series on Disc
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best Vintage TV Show on Disc
Ultraman: The Complete Series
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Miniseries or Limited Series on Disc
Good Omens
BBC Studios

Best TV Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns
PBS Distribution

Best Complete TV Series Set
Game of Thrones: The Complete Series
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best International TV Series on Disc
Doctor Who: Season 11
BBC Studios

Best AV Quality — TV
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best 3D Blu-ray Disc
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best DVD-Only Disc Release
Forever Knight: The Complete Series
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Compilation
Twin Peaks: From Z to A
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Extras/Bonus Material
An American Werewolf In London: Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Restoration
Alice, Sweet Alice
Arrow Video

Best Upgrade
Alien: 40th Anniversary Edition — 4K Ultra HD
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Kidvid Home Release
Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting
Shout! Factory

Best Animation Home Release
Toy Story 4
Disney/Pixar

Best Action Home Release
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Adventure Home Release
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Comedy
Weird Science: Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Home Release of a Drama
A Star Is Born Encore
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Faith-Based Home Release
Breakthrough
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Musical
Rocketman
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Science-Fiction Home Release
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Horror Home Release
The Haunting of Hill House
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Thriller
Crawl
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Home Release of a Western
Yellowstone: Season 2
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Fantasy Home Release
Game of Thrones: Season 8
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best Music/Performance Home Release
Soul of ‘The Midnight Special’
Time Life

Best Superhero Disc
Avengers: Endgame
Disney/Marvel Studios

Best Extended Cut
The Cotton Club Encore
Lionsgate

Best Marketing Initiative
Midsomer Murders/The Brokenwood Mysteries/Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Holiday Pop-Up Collectibles Three-Part Packaging Diorama
RLJ Entertainment/Acorn Media

Best Retailer Exclusive
The Infinity Saga Collector’s Edition
Disney/Marvel Studios

Fan-Favorite Title of the Year
Alita: Battle Angel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

‘Game of Thrones’ Most Pirated TV Show in 2019

HBO may be back atop the industry when it comes to award nominations and wins, but the premium channel’s programming also has the distinction of being the top pirated.

Citing data from file-sharing platform BitTorrent, separate site TorrentFreak said HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” was the most pirated TV show in 2019. That was followed by the Award-winning miniseries Chernobyl and Disney+ rookie series “The Mandalorian.”

“Thrones” was also the most pirated TV show in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The show didn’t air episodes in 2018.

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Other top pirated series included “The Big Bang Theory,” “Vikings,” “The Walking Dead” (a previous winner), “Rick and Morty,” and DC Comics shows “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”

Indeed, TorrentFreak contends the mere presence of new “Thrones” content in 2019 spiked illegal viewing 8% worldwide.

“The demand for piracy of ‘Game of Thrones’ is unprecedented,” Phil Taylor, analyst at Muso, told the platform. “The demand for “GOT” was so high that it visibly increased traffic for domains such as thepiratebay.org.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Tops Disc Sales Charts

HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc Unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Dec. 7.

The disc version of the landmark fantasy series’ final season dominated the charts — a rarity for a TV series on disc in the age of streaming. While the final season has been heavily criticized by fans, it apparently didn’t stop many of them from picking up a copy to complete their collections.

Blu-ray Disc versions of the final “Game of Thrones” season accounted for 53% of the titles total unit sales, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray accounted for 10% of its total.

The No. 2 title on the overall sales chart, Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, sold 38% as many copies as “Game of Thrones.” The third film in the “Fallen” series had debuted at No. 15 a week earlier, as post-Thanksgiving sales pushed several older titles back up the charts. Angel Has Fallen was the week’s No. 3 Blu-ray Disc seller.

The No. 2 Blu-ray, and No. 4 overall seller, was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home, which had been the top seller the previous week as a result of the previously mentioned deep-discount sales.

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The No. 3 overall title and No. 4 Blu-ray was Disney’s Toy Story 4.

Another Disney hit, the photorealistic remake of The Lion King, was the No. 5 overall title and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, which was No. 11 on the overall chart.

The top new-to-disc theatrical film was 20th Century Fox’s Ready or Not, which came in at No. 39 overall and No. 23 on the Blu-ray chart. The comedic thriller earned $28.7 million at the domestic box office.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week, Angel Has Fallen remained No. 1 for a second week. Ready or Not debuted at No. 2.

Universal’s Good Boys slipped to No. 3, Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold was No. 4 and Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was No. 5.

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