‘Tax Collector’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, topped FandangoNow’s chart for the week ended Aug. 9.

FandangoNow is Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

In the RLJ Films action drama, available for digital purchase at $14.99 and rental at $6.99 for 30 days, Soto and La Beouf play “tax collectors” for a crime lord, collecting his cut from local gangs. When a rival boss arrives, David’s (LaBeouf) family is threatened.

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Coming in at No. 2 on the chart was Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, starring Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and inspired by the best-selling book The Secret. The film is available for digital rental at $19.99 for 30 days.

Taking the bronze was Universal’s You Should Have Left, a horror thriller starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfriend. The film is available for digital purchase at $14.99 and rental at $5.99 for 30 days.

The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 9, in terms of revenue, were as follows:

  1. The Tax Collector
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  3. You Should Have Left
  4. The Secret Garden
  5. Trolls World Tour
  6. Deep Blue Sea 3
  7. The Outpost
  8. Scoob!
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level
  10. The Invisible Man

One in Four Signed Up for at Least One TV Service During Pandemic

One in four U.S. consumers (28%) said they had signed up for at least one TV service during the pandemic, according to Hub Entertainment Research.

Each of the big four SVOD services has seen a three percentage point or higher increase since just before the pandemic began in February compared to July, according to Hub.

Meanwhile, pay-TV VOD and TVOD saw an increase of six percentage points and three percentage points, respectively, from February to July.

Moreover, consumers said they were likely to continue their same level of streaming TV service viewing, YouTube viewing and broadcast network viewing (especially for news).

“When it comes to the business of entertainment, people clearly intend to continue supporting the streaming TV services they’ve relied on for comfort viewing, the broadcast networks they’ve relied on for news, and the online videos they’ve used for needed distractions,” Peter Fondulas, co-founder and principal of Hub Entertainment Research, said in a statement.

With viewers spending more time watching TV, previews have become a stronger source of TV show discovery during the pandemic, according to Hub. The source is up considerably compared to last year as a method for discovering new shows, while with personal interaction more limited, word of mouth has dropped as a discovery source.

The data cited comes from Hub’s “Predicting the Post-Pandemic” study, conducted among 3,026 U.S. consumers, ages 14 to 74 who watch at least one hour of TV per week. The data was collected in July 2020.

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Netflix’s ‘The Rain’ Top Rising Show, ‘Umbrella Academy’ Again Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “The Rain” was the top rising show, while “The Umbrella Academy” was again the top binge the TV Time charts for the week ended Aug. 9.

“The Rain,” season three of which hit screens Aug. 6, picks up where the second season left off. Years after the rain decimated the population of Scandinavia, Simone and Rasmus find themselves at odds on how to save humanity. Rasmus wants to infect everyone with the same beta version of the virus that turned him into a superhuman, while Simone insists that there must be a cure. The show also came in at No. 2 on the binge chart.

The second season of “The Umbrella Academy,” top binge for a second consecutive week, hit screens July 31. The series, based on the comic books of the same name, follows a group of superheroes adopted at birth by a mysterious billionaire who face the end of the world. As season two begins, the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas over a three-year period starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who have survived.

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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 Top Binge Shows Week Ended Aug. 9 by Share of Binges:

  1. “The Umbrella Academy” (Netflix) — 7.17%
  2. “The Rain” (Netflix) — 2.72%
  3. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 2.24%
  4. “Good Girls” (NBC) — 1.55%
  5. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.35%
  6. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.32%
  7. “The Seven Deadly Sins” (MBS) — 1.25%
  8. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.24%
  9. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.14%
  10. “High Seas” (Netflix) — 1.09%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Aug. 9 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “The Rain” (Netflix) — 94.4%
  2. “High Seas” (Netflix) — 90.8%
  3. “Selling Sunset” (Netflix) — 90.2%
  4. “The Seven Deadly Sins” (MBS) — 73.3%
  5. “Get Even” (BBC iPlayer) — 64.2%
  6. “Tokyo Ghoul” (Tokyo MX) — 37.3%
  7. “Locked Up: The Oasis” (Fox Espana) — 31.1%
  8. “Locked Up” (Fox Espana) — 28.4%
  9. “The Umbrella Academy” (Netflix) — 28.4%
  10. “Wynonna Earp” (Syfy) — 25.7%

‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream was the top movie in terms of revenue on FandangoNow for the week ended Aug. 2.

FandangoNow is Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

The film, released July 31 for premium VOD rental at $19.99 for 48 hours, stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

“Thanks to its good-natured charm, the chemistry of the cast and its focus on the power of positive thinking, The Secret: Dare to Dream has risen to the top of the charts on FandangoNow,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “It’s the right time for this kind of release, offering the kind of uplift and inspiration that families are looking to experience at home during challenging times.”

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Coming in at No. 2 was Universal’s psychological thriller You Should Have Left, starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfriend and released digitally July 28 for rental and purchase.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, the third installment in the shark attack action film series, available for digital purchase July 28.

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 2 in terms of revenue were:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  2. You Should Have Left
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3
  4. Scoob!
  5. Trolls World Tour
  6. The Outpost
  7. The King of Staten Island
  8. The Invisible Man
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog
  10. Bad Boys for Life

Netflix’s ‘How to Sell Drugs Online Fast’ Top Rising Show, ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “How to Sell Drugs Online Fast” topped the shows on the rise while the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” was the top binge on the TV Time charts for the week ended July 26.

The second season of “How to Sell Drugs Online Fast” debuted July 21. In season two, the three friends Moritz, Lenny and Dan want to figure out how to sell drugs online faster. Their business is growing exponentially, and the trio can hardly keep up with demand. Their private lives are also moving up a gear. Lisa is getting suspicious about Moritz’s odd behavior, Dan is determined to prove to his father that he can stand on his own feet, and Lenny stumbles into an online romance with a mysterious coder. The series also took the bronze on the binge chart.

Coming in at No. 2 on the rising show chart was another Netflix show “Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love,” which follows a 15-year-old teen who moves across the country to pursue a career in robotics. Season two of the series hit screens July 20.

Taking the silver behind “Modern Family” on the binge chart was Netflix’s “Cursed,” which debuted on the service July 17. Based on the upcoming book of the same name, the series is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake.

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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 Top Binge Shows Week Ended July 26 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 2.48%
  2. “Cursed” (Netflix) — 2.28%
  3. “How to Sell Drugs Online Fast” (Netflix) — 2.22%
  4. “Dark” (Netflix) — 1.78%
  5. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.59%
  6. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.58%
  7. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.26%
  8. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.24%
  9. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.24%
  10. “Dark Desire” (Netflix) — 1.14%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended July 26 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “How to Sell Drugs Online Fast” (Netflix) — 95.5%
  2. “Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love” (Netflix) — 92%
  3. “Norsemen” (NRK1) — 86.1%
  4. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO) — 80%
  5. “The Alienist” (TNT) — 78.2%
  6. “Indian Matchmaking” (Netflix) — 71.1%
  7. “Kissing Game” (Netflix) — 48.6%
  8. “Skin Decision: Before and After” (Netflix) — 43%
  9. “Cursed” (Netflix) — 41%
  10. “Absentia” (AXN) — 33.2%

Netflix’s ‘Cursed’ Top Rising Show, ‘Modern Family’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Cursed” led the shows on the rise while the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” was the top binge on the TV Time charts for the week ended July 19.

Based on the upcoming book of the same name, “Cursed,” which debuted on Netflix July 17,  is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.

Taking the silver on the rising show chart was “Brave New World,” an original series from new streaming service Peacock, which officially launched July 15. The series is based on Aldous Huxley’s dystopian science-fiction novel.

Sandwiched between network sitcoms “Modern Family” (No. 1) and “Friends” (No. 3) at No. 2 on the binge chart was Netflix’s “Dark,” the third and final season of which hit screens June 27. The series reaches its mind-bending conclusion, moving beyond the concept of space and time.

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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 Top Binge Shows Week Ended July 19 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 2.55%
  2. “Dark” (Netflix) — 2.47%
  3. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.65%
  4. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.58%
  5. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.30%
  6. “Cable Girls” (Netflix) — 1.27%
  7. “The 100” (The CW) — 1.26%
  8. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.26%
  9. “Warrier Nun” (Netflix) — 1.19%
  10. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.13%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended July 19 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Cursed” (Netflix) — 99.9%
  2. “Brave New World” (Peacock) — 99.8%
  3. “Gibiate” (AT-X) — 98.8%
  4. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) — 88.2%
  5. “The Collapse” (Canal+) — 85%
  6. “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central) — 83.3%
  7. “Masterchef Brasil” (Rede Bandeirantes) — 75.5%
  8. “Absentia” (AXN) — 72.3%
  9. “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS) — 66.2%
  10. “Nazare” (SIC) — 56.8%

ESA Report: More Than 200 Million Americans Play Video Games

Three-quarters of Americans have at least one gamer in their household and 214 million Americans play video games, according to the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) “2020 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry” report.

Almost two-thirds of U.S. adults (64%) and 70% of those under 18 regularly play video games.

Almost three-quarters (73%) in the survey own a game console, 43% own a hand-held system, 29% own a virtual reality device and 25% own a mobile VR device.

About two-thirds (65%) of video gamers play with others, according to the report, and the average age of a gamer is 35 to 44 years old. Still, many players over 65 years old (46% of men and 63% of women over 65) have been playing video games for 10 years or less.

More than half of parents (55%) say they play games with their children at least once a week, and 92% pay attention to the games their child plays.

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Game playing is good for health, according to the report, with 79% of gamers saying games provide relaxation and stress relief, and 87% of male gamers ages 55 to 64 and 82% of women gamers ages 55 to 64 believing games provide mental stimulation.

‘Trolls World Tour’ and ‘The Outpost’ Lead FandangoNow Chart

Trolls World Tour topped FandangoNow’s streaming chart, with The Outpost at No. 2, for the week ended July 12.

FandangoNow is ticketing service Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Available to digitally rent or buy, the Universal animated musical Trolls World Tour, featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, premiered as a premium VOD rental in early April.

Rod Lurie’s action thriller The Outpost, also available to digitally rent or buy, stars Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom.

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Coming in at No. 3 was Universal’s The King of Staten Island, loosely based on the life of star Pete Davidson, available on PVOD at $19.99.

The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 12, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. The Outpost
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. Force of Nature
  5. You Should Have Left
  6. Irresistible
  7. Scoob!
  8. The Invisible Man
  9. Bad Boys for Life
  10. The High Note

U.S. Survey: A Fifth Have Purchased and More Than Half Would Consider PVOD

A fifth have purchased and more than half would consider buying premium VOD titles, according to a survey of U.S. respondents from online site TV Time.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service.

In a survey of 6,891 respondents who are active users of the TV Time app in the United States, 20% of total respondents said they had purchased one PVOD title during the stay-at-home measures, while 55% agreed that they are more willing to give a title a try in a home-purchase setting.

Those with kids in the household were more likely to have purchased one PVOD movie (26%) versus those without kids (16%). Meanwhile, 42% of households with kids reported watching the movie more than once, versus 29% for those without kids.

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Among genres, animation was the big winner, thanks mostly to the PVOD release of Universal’s Trolls World Tour. A quarter (25%) of PVOD purchases thus far were for the animation genre, according to total respondents.

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Overall, respondents felt $20 PVOD pricing was too high. But among those who had purchased PVOD, 68% found the price was right, 24% said it was too expensive and 8% said they would pay more. The survey found respondents valued genres differently. For example, people who had purchased a horror film felt the price was too expensive (32%), compared with the average of 24% among all purchasers. On the flip side, 14% who purchased a comedy/rom-com said they would pay more, compared with the 8% average. Superhero films were priced right according to 68% of respondents.

Blockbuster films, often packed with special effects, can command a greater price than other genres, even at home, according to the survey. When respondents were asked what they thought was a reasonable PVOD price point, the superhero movie genre came out on top, with an average of $14.17. This was followed by action/adventure at $13.49. Dramas came in at $12.38. At the bottom of the list were art house movies, averaging $9.45.

Results were weighted (balanced) to reflect U.S. general population gender and age (13-54).

Study: Average U.S. SVOD Household Has Access to Almost 100,000 Hours of Content

The average U.S. SVOD household has access to almost 100,000 hours of content, delivered via 3.8 different services, according to research from Ampere Analysis.

It would take 11 years to watch it all back-to-back, and nearly 70 years if the average viewer watched an average of four hours per day, according to Ampere. The main factors driving this increase in content availability are consumer uptake of Amazon Prime’s booming portfolio and the addition of new services such as Disney+ to the household mix, according to the study.

SVOD engagement is even more prominent in households with young kids. Those households have access to nearly five different SVOD services, more than any other demographic. This is up significantly from 3.5 in the same period last year, largely due to the launch of Disney+, and the high uptake of the family-friendly service in the group, according to Ampere. The content available to this demographic group via the VOD services in their household now stands at an average of 102,000 hours.

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Even adults who live alone have an average of 3.1 services, with the average one-person SVOD household having 85,500 hours — almost 10 years — of content at their fingertips.

Almost one third of U.S. SVOD households subscribed to Disney+ in Q1 2020. The service comes with a 4,200-hour catalog and thus adds an average of 1,400 hours of content to the typical SVOD household’s portfolio, Ampere noted.

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Amazon has more than doubled its content catalog in the United States since Q3 2017 according to Ampere Analytics data. The 60% of SVOD households who have both Netflix and Amazon accounts can access more than 100,000 hours of TV shows and movies.

“Consumers already have a vast amount of content at their disposal, and a U.S. household who subscribes to both Netflix and Amazon currently has access to more than 100,000 hours of content from those two services alone,” Ampere senior analyst Toby Holleran said in a statement. “As the market fragments further with additional direct-to-consumer services and households hit a spending ceiling, consumers will become more selective about their SVOD choices. The more expensive services, alongside those without a clear brand and proposition, will find the going gets tougher.”