Roku CFO: ‘Trolls World Tour,’ ‘Scoob!’ Woke Up ‘Sleepy’ TVOD Biz

As co-creator with Netflix of the subscription streaming video market, Roku has driver’s seat view of not only the over-the-top video market, but facilitating third-party transactional VOD as well.

Speaking Sept. 15 on the KeyBanc Future of Technology Conference, Roku CFO Steve Louden said the company had a “banner quarter” for the fiscal period ending June 30, with strong SVOD, premium VOD and transactional VOD revenue shares — the latter driven by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob!.

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“That basically was precipitated by the theaters being closed [due to the coronavirus pandemic] and studios coming out with direct-to-consumer offerings,” Louden said. “It kind of woke up an otherwise sleepy TVOD segment.”

Indeed, consumers spent an estimated $2.99 billion on digital transactional entertainment in the first six months of this year, up 25% from the $2.25 billion spent in the first half of 2019, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Digital sales of movies, series and other filmed content was up 57% in the second quarter and 33% in the first half, while transactional streaming, in which consumers rent a program for 48 hours, was up 50% in Q2 and 33% in the first six months of the year.

Louden said streaming hours spiked dramatically in the first phases of the lockdown and remain above the pre-pandemic levels.

When asked about the omission of HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming services on the Roku platform, Louden said it comes down to economics. Roku doesn’t charge end-users to access the platform; yet without it many consumers wouldn’t willingly gravitate toward a particular OTT brand, according to Louden.

Analysts contend non-placement on the Roku platform has hurt Max and Peacock generate subscribers. Comcast just disclosed that Peacock has generated 15 million subscribers since launching in July.

Disney’s rollout of the Disney+ SVOD platform, which saw the media giant “lean heavily” on Roku during its initial launch, underscores the platform’s importance in the OTT video ecosystem, according to Louden.

“We played a good part in getting them a rapid growth in audience and…when they launched Hamilton, we were the number one platform for viewership,” he said. “I think they’ve leveraged pretty much all our audience development capabilities.”

‘Scoob!’ Tops August Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains 2020’s Best-Seller

Warner’s Scoob! was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for August 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The animated film based on several Hanna-Barbera characters was shifted from a theatrical release to premium VOD in May in light of the coronavirus pandemic. It arrived on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 21, and topped weekly disc sales four consecutive weeks upon its release, from the second half of July into the first half of August.

The top-selling title of July, Universal Pictures’s Trolls World Tour, slipped to No. 2 for the month of August. The DreamWorks Animation sequel spent two weeks atop the weekly disc sales charts the second half of August. It also had two weeks in the weekly top spot the beginning of July, prior to the release of Scoob!

The No. 3 August seller was the DVD-only release of Paw Patrol: Dino Rescue, a compilation of episodes from the Nickelodeon animated series from Paramount. “Paw Patrol” episodes on DVD are typically strong sellers, but the lack of other major new releases during the pandemic helped its relative position during the month.

The lack of big titles also explains the next four spots being catalog titles. No. 4 was Universal’s Jaws, No. 5 was Warner’s The Mule, and No. 6 was Universal’s Jurassic World. All three were in the monthly top 10 in July as well. They were joined in August at No. 7 by Universal’s Despicable Me 3.

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The year’s top eight titles remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

The only blip on the yearly top 10 as a result of August sales was that Trolls World Tour entered the chart at No. 9, moving Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate to No. 10. That pushed Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap out of the top 10 titles for the year.

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According to NPD, the August 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Scoob! (Warner)
  2. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  3. Paw Patrol: Dino Rescue (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
  4. Jaws (Universal)
  5. The Mule (Warner)
  6. Jurassic World (Universal)
  7. Despicable Me 3 (Universal)
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  9. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  10. 1917 (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through August 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  11. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)

 

‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops July Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains 2020’s Best-Seller

‘Scoob!’ Leads Overall Disc Sales for Fourth Week, but ‘Trolls’ Tops Blu-ray Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! again took the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Aug. 15.

That marks the fourth consecutive week the CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters has been the top disc seller in the United States.

However, its reign as the top Blu-ray Disc seller ended at three weeks, as Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour, in its sixth week on disc, climbed back to No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. It stayed at No. 2 on the overall chart.

Scoob! dropped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, moving up a spot from the previous week, was Nickelodeon’s animated Paw Patrol: Dino Rescue, distributed by Paramount.

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Warner’s direct-to-video thriller Deep Blue Sea 3, which doesn’t arrive on disc until Aug. 25 but is available early for sale at Walmart, was No. 11.

The week’s top new release, at No. 38 overall, was Universal’s The High Note.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 16 had Scoob! on top for a fourth consecutive week, with You Should Have Left repeating at No. 2. Deep Blue Sea 3, which is available on disc early as a Redbox kiosk rental, was again No. 3.

Newcomer The Wretched, an indie horror sleeper hit from IFC, debuted at No. 4, while Trolls World Tour was No. 5.

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‘Scoob!’ Leads Redbox Disc Rentals for Fourth Week; ‘Tax Collector’ Again Tops Digital Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! remained in the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Aug. 16, its fourth week in the top spot since arriving on disc July 21.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, was again RLJ Films’ The Tax Collector, its second week as the top digital title.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s You Should Have Left was the No. 2 disc rental for a third week, and slipped to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3 repeated as the No. 3 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. Redbox offers early availability of the disc, which will be widely released Aug. 25. Deep Blue Sea 3 did become widely available digitally, however, and placed No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The newly released The Wretched, from IFC, was the No. 4 title on the disc rental chart.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour slipped to No. 4 on the digital chart but climbed a spot to No. 5 on the disc chart.

Rounding out the top five on the On Demand chart was Universal’s remake of The Invisible Man.

Other new releases debuting on the rental chart included Lionsgate’s Archive at No. 7 and Universal’s The High Note at No. 8.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 16:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. You Should Have Left — Universal
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3 — Warner
  4. The Wretched — IFC
  5. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  6. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  7. Archive — Lionsgate
  8. The High Note — Universal
  9. Money Plane — Quiver
  10. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 16:

  1. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  2. Deep Blue Sea 3 — Warner
  3. You Should Have Left — Universal
  4. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  5. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  6. The Outpost — Screen Media
  7. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  9. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures

 

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‘Scoob!’ Leads Disc Sales for Third Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! again took the top spot on 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 Aug. 8.

That marks the third consecutive week the CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters has been the top disc seller in the United States.

Staying as the No. 2 seller on both charts, in its fifth week on disc, was Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour.

No. 3 was Warner’s direct-to-video sequel Deep Blue Sea 3, which is available on disc early for sale at Walmart and for rental at Redbox kiosks. It was No. 7 on the Blu-ray sales chart. The film will be widely available on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 25.

No. 4 on both charts was a catalog title, Universal Pictures’ Jaws.

The top new disc release of the week came in at No. 5: Nickelodeon’s animated Paw Patrol: Dino Rescue, distributed by Paramount.

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Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog slid to No. 6 on the overall disc chart but stayed at No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Universal’s 1917, which was No. 16 overall.

The only other new release in the top 50 debuted at No. 13 on both charts: HBO’s His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season, distributed by Warner.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 9 had Scoob! on top for a third consecutive week, with You Should Have Left repeating at No. 2.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3 was again No. 3.

Survive the Night stayed No. 4, while newcomer Money Plane, a heist thriller from Quiver Distribution, hit No. 5.

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‘Scoob!’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Third Week; ‘Tax Collector’ Leads Digitally

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! remained in the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Aug. 9, its third week in the top spot since arriving on disc July 21.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, was RLJ Films’ The Tax Collector, the new film from director David Ayer that arrived on VOD Aug. 7.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s You Should Have Left was the No. 2 disc rental for a second week, and slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3 repeated as the No. 3 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. Redbox offers early availability of the disc, which will be widely released Aug. 25.

Lionsgate’s Survive the Night was the No. 4 title on the disc rental chart.

The No. 5 disc rental was the heist movie Money Plane, from Quiver Entertainment.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour slipped to No. 3 on the digital chart and was No. 6 on the disc chart.

Rounding out the top five on the On Demand chart were two titles from Screen Media The Outpost at No. 4 and Robert the Bruce at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 9:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. You Should Have Left — Universal
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3 — Warner
  4. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  5. Money Plane — Quiver
  6. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  7. Coma — MPI
  8. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  9. Grand Isle — Screen Media
  10. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 9:

  1. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  2. You Should Have Left — Universal
  3. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  4. The Outpost — Screen Media
  5. Robert the Bruce — Screen Media
  6. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  7. Jurassic World — Universal
  8. The Equalizer — Sony Pictures
  9. 1917 — Universal
  10. Force of Nature — Lionsgate

 

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‘Scoob!’ Stays No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! again took the top spot on 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 Aug. 1.

The CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters had debuted in the top spot on both charts a week earlier.

Staying as the No. 2 seller on both charts, in its fourth week, was Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog jumped back up to the No. 3 spot on both charts in its 11th week.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart were Warner’s The Mule at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Capone at No. 5.

Capone was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller, followed by Lionsgate’s Survive the Night (which was No. 14 overall).

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The top new releases for the week were Paramount’s NCIS: The Seventeenth Season DVD at No. 9, at Well Go USA’s Gundala, which was No. 15 on both charts.

Universal’s DVD-only release of the Kevin Bacon-starring thriller You Should Have Left didn’t crack the top 50 sellers, but still managed to land at No. 2 on the DEG’s weekly Watched at Home transactional chart, an indicator of the title’s strength as a digital seller.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 2 had Scoob! on top for a second consecutive week, with You Should Have Left debuting at No. 2.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3, which is available on disc early as a Redbox kiosk rental, was No. 3.

Survive the Night slipped to No. 4 and Trolls World Tour dropped to No. 5, each two spots down from the previous week.

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‘You Should Have Left,’ Three Other New Releases Debut on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The DVD and digital release of You Should Have Left sent the psychological thriller from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment soaring up the weekly “Watched at Home” chart to debut at No. 2.

The film, from Blumhouse Productions, stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. Their retreat soon turns into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

Another Universal-distributed film, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, remained in the top spot on the chart for the week ended Aug. 1. It’s the animated sequel’s fifth consecutive week at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Scoob!, which debuted at No. 2 the previous week in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD, slipped to No. 7. Scoob! was available for streaming on the new HBO Max SVOD service prior to its release on physical media.

Paramount’s three seasons of “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five, in the same spots as the prior week: season one at No. 3, season three at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

Aside from You Should Have Left, three other new films, all released through digital retailers only, entered the “Watched at Home” top 20 the week ended Aug. 1. The Rental, an IFC Films drama about two couples on an unnerving weekend getaway, debuted at No. 8. Most Wanted, a Paramount Home Entertainment crime drama starring Josh Hartnett as an investigative reporter probing a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man, bowed at No. 10. And Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, a shark tale starring Tania Raymonde (“Lost,” “Goliath”) entered the “Watched at Home” chart at No. 11.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  8. The Rental (IFC Films)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  10. Most Wanted (Paramount, 2020)
  11. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  12. The High Note (Universal)
  13. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  14. Force of Nature (Lionsgate, 2020)
  15. Bloodshot (Sony)
  16. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  19. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  20. Birds of Prey (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 Aug. 1.

‘Scoob!’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Second Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! remained in the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Aug. 2. The animated film was released on disc July 21 after a premium VOD run.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s You Should Have Left was the No. 2 disc rental and debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3 was the No. 3 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. Redbox offers early availability of the disc, which will be widely released Aug. 25.

Lionsgate’s Survive the Night was the No. 4 title on the disc rental chart and No. 10 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour, the top On Demand title the previous three weeks, slipped to No. 2 on that chart. It was No. 5 on the disc chart.

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Rounding out the top five on the On Demand chart were Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot at No. 3, Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man at No. 4 and Screen Media’s The Outpost at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 2:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. You Should Have Left — Universal
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3 — Warner
  4. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  5. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  6. Grand Isle — Screen Media
  7. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  8. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  9. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  10. Becky — Redbox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 2:

  1. You Should Have Left — Universal
  2. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  3. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  4. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  5. The Outpost — Screen Media
  6. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  7. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  9. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  10. Survive the Night — Lionsgate

 

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‘Scoob!’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! debuted at No. 1 on 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 July 25.

The CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters had been slated for a theatrical release but due to the coronavirus pandemic was instead released through premium VOD, and was finally released on disc July 21.

The No. 2 seller on both charts, in its third week, was Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour. The DreamWorks Animation sequel had been the top disc seller the previous two weeks.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Capone, debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The film from director Josh Trank stars Tom Hardy as legendary mobster Al Capone in the waning years of his life.

The No. 3 Blu-ray was Warner’s Batman Beyond: The Complete Series.

The No. 4 overall disc seller and No. 5 Blu-ray was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

The No. 5 overall seller was Warner’s The Mule, followed by Paramount’s Top Gun at No. 6.

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Other newcomers in the top 20 included Lionsgate’s Survive the Night at No. 7 on both charts, and Shout! Factory’s Resistance at No. 8 overall (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart).

Criterion Collection’s Marriage Story, the disc release of the Oscar-winning Netflix movie, was No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 46% of first-week Scoob! sales, compared with 48% for Capone, 45% for Survive the Night and 49% for Resistance. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprised 5% of total Scoob! sales.

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Scoob! was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 26, with Survive the Night at No. 2. Trolls World Tour dropped to No. 3 after a couple of weeks in the top spot.

Redbox’s own Becky dropped two spots to No. 4, and Lionsgate’s Force of Nature slipped a spot to No. 5.

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