‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Repeats at No. 1 on Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon again took the top spot on the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended April 11.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The fantasy adventure Raya became available for digital purchase April 2 following its debut in theaters and via Premier Access with an added charge for subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service. In the film, long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good.

Warner Bros.’ DC comic-based Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, repeated at No. 2 on the Vudu chart and fell one spot to No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. It became available for digital purchase March 16 following its PVOD rental run.

Coming in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu) was Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, available for premium VOD rental April 2. Based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future, the film follows Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) who discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Daisy Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Taking the bronze on the Vudu chart (No. 4 on FandangoNow) was City of Lies, which became available for digital rental and purchase April 9. Starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, it follows a disgraced L.A.P.D. detective who — unable to solve his biggest case, the murders of rap icons Tupac Shkur and The Notorious B.I.G. Poole — enters into an uneasy partnership to put the case to rest.

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Taking the fifth spot on both charts was Warner’s The Little Things, available via premium VOD rental starting March 19. The psychological thriller stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto and follows a Kern County deputy sheriff who is sent to Los Angeles for a quick evidence-gathering assignment, but instead becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. City of Lies
  4. Chaos Walking
  5. The Little Things
  6. Willy’s Wonderland
  7. The Croods: A New Age
  8. Every Breath You Take
  9. Monster Hunter
  10. News of the World

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Chaos Walking
  3. Wonder Woman 1984
  4. City of Lies
  5. The Little Things
  6. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  7. News of the World
  8. The Croods: A New Age
  9. Every Breath You Take
  10. Judas and the Black Messiah

 

In other FandangoNow news, the service is offering a sale on the “Hotel Transylvania” trilogy in 4K Ultra HD for $24.99 (usually $29.97) as part of its “Triple Feature Bundle Sale.” Fandango debuted “Monster Pets: A Hotel Transylvania Short,” a Sony short released to celebrate Pets Day April 11 and in anticipation of a new feature in the series, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, which debuts July 23.

‘Tom & Jerry’ Coming to PVOD April 16, Digital and Disc May 18

The animated and live action comedy Tom & Jerry will be available via premium VOD rental April 16, followed by release on digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 18 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film, which previously debuted simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service, is directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Think Like a Man, Barbershop) and features Chloë Grace Moretz (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Addams Family), Michael Peña (Cesar Chavez, American Hustle, Ant-Man) and Colin Jost (How to be Single, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”).

In Tom & Jerry, the iconic mouse Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

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Special features include deleted scenes, a gag reel and several featurettes.

Kevin Smith Picks His Film Inspirations in Movies Anywhere Promotion

As part of a promotion, Movies Anywhere worked with filmmaker and cinephile Kevin Smith to create, exclusively for Movies Anywhere, a list of 18 of his “greatest inspirations of all time.”

From April 6-12, fans who purchase one film from Kevin Smith’s greatest inspiration list — or from more than 8,000 Movies Anywhere-eligible movies — will be able to choose a bonus movie to add to their collection. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment are all participating.

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Purchases can be made through all Movies Anywhere participating retailers, including Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, Xfinity, FandangoNow, Verizon Fios TV and DirecTV.

Users have until April 26 to redeem the code that allows them to choose their bonus movie.

Each of the promotion’s bonus movies is Screen Pass-eligible on Movies Anywhere, which means users can give someone access to their bonus movie without it ever leaving their account.

Visit the promotion page here. Bonus movies options include:

Universal Pictures
Pitch Perfect
Tower Heist
Pride and Prejudice
Leap Year
Happy Gilmore

Disney
Rio 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Oklahoma!
Taken 2
Alien: Covenant
Prometheus
Planet of the Apes (2001)
War for the Planet of the Apes
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The Maze Runner

Warner Bros.
We’re the Millers
San Andreas
Storks
The Wedding Singer
The Fugitive

Sony Pictures
The Fifth Element
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Pompeii
Battle: Los Angeles
Runaway

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Tops Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Disney’s computer-animated Raya and the Last Dragon took the top spot on the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended April 4.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The fantasy adventure Raya became available for digital purchase April 2 following its debut in theaters and via Premier Access with an added charge for subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service. In the film, long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good.

Warner Bros.’ DC comic-based Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, took the silver on both charts. It became available for digital purchase March 16 following its PVOD rental run.

Taking the bronze on the Vudu chart was Screen Media’s Willy’s Wonderland, available for early digital purchase. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a loner who agrees to clean an abandoned family fun center in exchange for repairs to his car and finds himself waging war against possessed animatronic mascots.

Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart was Warner’s The Little Things, available via premium VOD rental starting March 19. The psychological thriller stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto and follows a Kern County deputy sheriff who is sent to Los Angeles for a quick evidence-gathering assignment, but instead becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. It came in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart.

Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, available for premium VOD rental April 2, took the fourth spot on both charts. Based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future, the film follows Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) who discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Daisy Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

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Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — available as a premium VOD rental March 4 (and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers) — took the No. 5 spot on the FandangoNow chart. In the CGI-animated adventure with live action elements, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. It features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. Willy’s Wonderland
  4. Chaos Walking
  5. The Little Things
  6. News of the World
  7. The Croods: A New Age
  8. Freaky
  9. Monster Hunter
  10. Soul

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The Little Things
  4. Chaos Walking
  5. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  6. News of the World
  7. Boogie
  8. The Father
  9. Every Breath You Take
  10. The Vault

 

‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘The Little Things’ Repeat Atop Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Warner had another big week on the Vudu and FandangoNow charts. The studio’s Wonder Woman 1984 again took the top spot on the Vudu chart and its The Little Things repeated atop the FandangoNow chart for the week ended March 28.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The DC comic-based Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, became available for digital purchase March 16 following its PVOD rental run. It also came in at No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart.

The Little Things, available via premium VOD rental starting March 19, is a psychological thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. It follows a Kern County deputy sheriff (Washington), who is sent to Los Angeles for a quick evidence-gathering assignment, but instead becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. The titled landed at No. 4 on the Vudu chart.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart was Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-nominated animated film Soul. Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, the film (No. 9 on FandangoNow) became available for digital purchase March 23.

Taking the bronze on the Vudu chart was Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise. The film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. The film came in at No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — available as a premium VOD rental March 4 (and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers) — took the silver on the FandangoNow chart (No. 6 on Vudu). In the CGI-animated adventure with live action elements, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. It features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others.

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Universal’s Oscar-nominated News of the World, which came out for digital purchase March 9, took the bronze on the FandangoNow chart (No. 5 on Vudu). The film stars Tom Hanks as former Army captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who moves from town to town sharing the news from the far reaches of the globe. He is tasked with transporting a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) taken in by the Kiowa people back to her family.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Wonder Woman 1984
  2. Soul
  3. Monster Hunter
  4. The Little Things
  5. News of the World
  6. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  7. The Croods: A New Age
  8. Greenland
  9. The Vault
  10. SAS: Red Notice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Little Things
  2. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  3. News of the World
  4. Wonder Woman 1984
  5. Boogie
  6. Monster Hunter
  7. The Father
  8. The Croods: A New Age
  9. Soul
  10. The Vault

DEG Panel: Transactional Business Still Hardy — and Poised for Takeoff

Despite being squeezed by the pandemic, the transactional business is still sturdy and is poised to take off once new releases in the pipeline grow from a trickle to a steady stream.

That’s according to Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox, and Eddie Cunningham, the former Universal Pictures Home Entertainment president who now runs Studio Distribution Services, the Universal-Warner Bros. disc distribution joint venture. The two executives spoke on a virtual DEG Expo panel March 24 moderated by Media Play News publisher and editorial director Thomas K. Arnold.

As industry pundits have observed, content in the transactional arena, which includes physical disc and digital purchases and rentals, dwarfs what consumers can find via subscription or other streaming services. That content has helped the transactional business survive recent jolts, the executives said.

Even the Blu-ray Disc and DVD business, which has been steadily declining for the last decade, remains a viable business, Cunningham said.

“In 2020 despite a pandemic and despite all the pressure of retail closures around the world … and pretty much no new releases after the first couple of months of the year — there’s still a $7 billion retail market, globally,” Cunningham said of the disc business.

“Obviously the last few months, there haven’t been that many new releases. But as that starts to come back in the second half of this year I think you’re going to see a real resurgence,” Smith added, noting that Redbox, with kiosk rentals driven by new releases, is looking forward to a more consistent flow of new content.

Cunningham said he’s been getting a similar message from the big retailers.

“Everybody’s incredibly excited about the new releases starting to come back into this business,” he said. “And I think we feel good about the fact that the big retailers … seem very, very committed to this category. We’ve got new titles every single week. We spend marketing money. We drive people into stores. We introduce fun. We introduce theater into the stores. … So a lot of them are pretty excited about us getting back into the new-release business. … Maybe we could even find a way of sort of growing this [physical] business or certainly hugely flattening the decline over the next year or two after the numbers we made during the pandemic.”

In the meantime, Cunningham said catalog has been picking up the slack, with such series as “Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Office” and even children’s stalwart “Curious George” selling well despite streaming availability.

“If content is available on subscription services, you can still sell a lot of content physically on those same franchises,” Cunningham noted.

“Then there’s a huge amount, about 40% of consumers, who’ve never ever until this day ever transacted digitally, so they’re a huge target for us,” he said, adding “I think physical’s going to be around for a long time to come.”

The disc rental business, which Redbox dominates with thousands of kiosks in the United States, is here to stay as well, added Smith.

“We obviously have a view that it’s going to be sustainable for the long term,” he said. “It’s a great value to consumers. It’s incredibly convenient. … The fact that we’ve got 41,000 kiosks around the U.S. really helps with that. I think what we’ve been able to do is augment that experience. We’ve got this massive loyalty program with over 37 million people in it, and so we’re rewarding them for behavior and then rewarding them with things like free content and so it gives up a great opportunity for us to reinforce that value ecosystem.”

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Redbox marketing makes sure to let consumers know when new releases are available and doesn’t discriminate between the different ways a consumer might access content. The company offers consumers both physical and digital transaction options, letting them choose.

“We’re communicating with them on a regular basis in terms of what are those [new release] movies, and again, however you want to watch it, physically or digitally, we can be there to serve you with that,” he said.

Even though the company is offering a digital alternative, physical transactions aren’t suffering, Smith noted.

“Even when our customers started to transact digitally, it didn’t mean they stopped transacting physically,” he said. “They actually started transacting physically more. It reminded them again of all these great new movies that are available.”

As head of the disc distribution joint venture, Cunningham said he’s tasked with creating efficiencies and providing a focus on the physical business. The joint venture’s mantra is “two plus two equals five,” to make a bigger whole from the combined parts, he said.

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“The coming together of Universal and Warner and other third-party distribution partners is going to enable us to do things like share boxes coming out of Technicolor, which in turn saves a lot of in-store labor, transport costs and so on,” he said. “I think we’re in a position to start maybe talking a bit more again about some front-of-store displays in some of these big retailers where we’ve lost that.”

Two plus two equals five also means finding ways to leverage the studios’ combined content.

“Over the next year or 18 months you’re going to see some amazing things coming out of [the joint venture],” Cunningham said. “There’s going to be huge opportunities on Middle Earth, DC, Bond, classic monsters. It’s actually the 90th anniversary of Dracula coming up, so we’ve got an opportunity around anniversaries. ‘Fast and Furious,’ ‘Jurassic,’ ‘Dune,’ ‘Halloween,’ there are huge opportunities to draft off these kinds of things.”

He also envisioned boxed sets of titles from different studios as an added bonus for consumers.

“We’re going to work incredibly hard to see how we can put the two studios’ content promotions together and make something bigger,” he said.

Redbox, too, is looking to combine the advantages of different businesses. In addition to its digital and physical transactional offerings, the company also has ad-supported streaming and even a content acquisition and production arm.

“In terms of Redbox Entertainment, we have a ton of data obviously about what actors work, what genres work, and so what we want to do is say, ‘OK, we’re seeing a little less product from the studios, let’s go ahead and buy it, acquire it, produce it ourselves,’” Smith said. “We’re basically making sure that we program to our consumers what we know they are going to want. And we’re agnostic so we’re releasing it across all the digital retailers and then we’re actually selling it to streamers as well on the backend. We just want to make sure there’s good content made for consumers.”

Fandango Offering First 10 Minutes of ‘Soul’ for Free

For a limited time, fans can watch the first 10 minutes of Soul for free, exclusively at the FandangoNow Extras channel on YouTube and on Fandango’s social channels. The Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated film debuts March 23 on Vudu and FandangoNow.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango. The film is on sale at $19.99 on both services and is available in SD and 4K Ultra HD.

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A recent Fandango survey of more than 1,500 people who have already seen Soul found:

  • 88% are fans of the film’s stars, including Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey and Angela Bassett;
  • 85% wish there were more life-affirming movies like Soul;
  • 80% are fans of the film’s soundtrack; and
  • 78% are rooting for Soul to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

‘SpongeBob Movie’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Paramount’s animated The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run again led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended March 14.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Sponge on the Run — available as a premium VOD rental March 4 (and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers) — is a CGI-animated adventure with live action elements. In the film, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. It features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart (No. 5 on FandangoNow) was News of the World, newly available for digital purchase March 9. The Western starring Tom Hanks March 15 earned Oscar noms for Best Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound and Best Original Score.

Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise and available for digital rental and purchase, held at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart and dropped to No. 3 on the Vudu chart. It stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

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Universal/DreamWorks’ blockbuster animated sequel The Croods: A New Age repeated at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart and fell from No. 3 to No. 4 on the Vudu chart. It’s a followup to 2013’s The Croods that finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

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Two other recently Oscar-nominated titles, Universal’s Promising Young Woman and Minari, also ranked among the week’s top titles.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  2. News of the World
  3. Monster Hunter
  4. The Croods: A New Age
  5. Wrong Turn
  6. Greenland
  7. Vanguard
  8. Wonder Woman 1984
  9. Cosmic Sin
  10. Promising Young Woman

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  2. Monster Hunter
  3. The Croods: A New Age  
  4. Wonder Woman 1984
  5. News of the World
  6.  The Mauritanian
  7. Land
  8. Cosmic Sin
  9. Crisis
  10.  Minari

OTT.X Summit Panelists: Transactional VOD, Including PVOD, Here to Stay

Transactional VOD, or the digital rental or sale of titles, is here to stay — including the higher-priced COVID-induced newcomer PVOD — said panelists during the OTT.X spring summit.

“It’s still, if you actually include the declining physical part of the business, it’s still a $10 billion business,” said Fandango’s Cameron Douglas, who oversees transactional services FandangoNow and the recently acquired Vudu. “It also was the first year, last year, that you actually saw growth, combined physical and digital business en masse. So I absolutely think that there’s a continued appetite for consumers for transactional video whether it’s Blu-ray and DVD or TVOD.”

“It’s absolutely here to stay, and the reason for that is that is consumers cannot afford to sign up for every single subscription service that’s out there, and there’s no way that you can replicate the selection that’s available on transactional platforms,” added Jill Allen, SVP of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “It’s just ubiquitous. It’s on every platform. And if you want to watch a movie, you generally know that it’s available to rent or buy somewhere. And then in addition TVOD has various benefits in terms of the windows, too, getting the earlier window. So in the near term I see it continuing. Even though it’s definitely benefited from COVID, looking forward I see it still being a very vibrant, large business.”

Transactional services also offer a deeper library of content than subscription services, panelists noted.

“I don’t know how many pieces of content Peacock has or Netflix has but it’s relatively small compared to a transactional platform,” Douglas added. “I think Vudu, at last count, has 225,000 movies and TV shows. I promise you that even the biggest services on the subscription side have nothing that size library.”

Panelists, clockwise, from left top: Mike Gamboa of Roku, Thomas K. Arnold of Media Play News, Jill Allen of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Michelle Edelman of Premiere Digital, and Cameron Douglas of FandangoNow. (Screen shot courtesy of Marc Rashba)

The studio leap into premium VOD (PVOD), usually a $20 one-time rental, has been successful as well, panelists noted, with Premier Digital’s Michele Edelman saying that a friend had shared a story about watching a first-run film at home.

“She said, ‘I treated myself to a theatrical movie in my house,’” Edelman said. “’I’d just had dinner, and I watched Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar.’ She said, ‘It was the best experience.’”

Edelman noted that “everyone’s screens are bigger,” making watching movies at home more theater-like.

“They’re creating this really great theatrical experience where they are,” she said.

Roku’s Mike Gamboa agreed.

“Consumers love new release movies,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon, but I think they have been demanding the flexibility to watch either in theaters or at home. And I think from our perspective, the success of Trolls [World Tour on PVOD] and Scoob! [also on PVOD] kind of demonstrated that consumers love new-release movies at home, and the economics and technical infrastructure is in place to support that business model. So we do see opportunity and viability of PVOD and TVOD to support the new-release movies.”

Sony’s Allen, too, noted that PVOD produced changes in how the teams at the studio worked together.

“We’ve never collaborated so closely with our theatrical team,” she said.

Indeed, Douglas noted, PVOD titles were able to benefit from theatrical marketing as never before.

“I’m looking forward to a real PVOD title,” Douglas said. “We really haven’t had one. Premium VOD in its initial incarnation was meant to be a theatrical movie that has a short window to home entertainment. Because theaters haven’t really opened up yet, a real PVOD title is going to be the real test.”

With the windows shifting during the pandemic and studios experimenting with different windows and pricing, the calculus in how to release a title has become complex during the past year, Allen said.

“You now have to navigate around a whole new set of competitive windows and, internally, as a content provider, you have to look at when your content is going into other windows as well, too,” she said. “So it’s become a little bit more complex.”

Allen said she has to look at individual release plans for each of her studio’s own titles and also what windows the other studios’ titles are employing.

“You had Wonder Woman [1984] that had multiple new-release windows,” she noted. “If you’re competing against the third new-release window of that, is that now a big deal? So understanding the competitive landscape, very, very complex. Even within each studio, if you have a title that’s on a subscription service. If I have a Christmas-themed movie, and I have it available on an SVOD service, can I sell that movie right now?”

While new releases have been few and far between during the pandemic as the pipeline shrank to a trickle, TVOD services and studios leaned on catalog to fill the gap, panelists noted.

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“We’ve seen huge growth in [catalog] the last year because of the dearth of new release content,” Douglas said, adding the services have noticed “people rediscovering their favorites, collecting them, adding them to their library, including full series of television shows, where they’re buying almost the entire series of ‘Married With Children’ or ‘M*A*S*H’ or ‘The Office.’”

Sony, too, has been mining catalog while production slowed.

“It’s been our lives since COVID started,” Allen said.

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Indeed, consumers are responding by collecting digitally, noted Edelman.

“I just heard the other day, someone said, ‘I started building my digital library,’” she said. “’I now have in my library my absolute favorite films, and I’m buying them at these really discounted prices because it was worth it.'”

“It’s the best subscription service you could ever have,” added Douglas.

Vudu Coming to Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TVs and Fire TV Streaming Devices

Vudu, the transactional VOD service owned by Fandango, is launching in March on Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs and Fire TV streaming devices.

Consumers will be able to purchase or rent titles from Vudu on a mobile device or computer and the titles will appear instantly in their Vudu library on Fire TV for playback.

Consumers can also stream Vudu’s catalog of 4K Ultra HD content on Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, or the Fire TV Edition smart TV’s 4K models.

Vudu offers more than 150,000 new-release and catalog movies and TV shows, along with an extensive library of content in 4K Ultra HD. The service has experienced double-digit growth in new accounts in 2020 year over year, according to a Fandango release.

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 “We want Vudu fans to be able to watch movies and TV shows on all of their favorite devices, and Fire TV has been one of our customers’ most-requested devices for streaming content,” Kevin Shepela, EVP and chief commercial officer at Fandango, said in a statement. “With Vudu’s vast library of premium content from new release event movies to favorite films and TV shows, we are excited to deliver to Fire TV users so many new viewing options to watch in their living rooms, many in breathtaking 4K.”

Last week, Vudu launched on Xfinity Flex and X1, and in 2020 it launched on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and TiVo. Vudu can also be found on dozens of connected television devices and streaming platforms from Roku, LG, Sony and many others.