U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Rose 11.5% In 2018 To $23.3B, DEG Says
Overall home entertainment spending by U.S. consumers climbed 11.5% in 2018 to a record $23.3 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry consortium.
Announcing the preliminary annual figures during CES, the DEG noted an especially strong fourth quarter, when spending increased 13% to $6.3 billion. With physical sales and rentals of DVD and Blu-ray discs continue to slide, electronic sell-through for films made up a lot of the shortfall, increasing… Read
‘Bojack Horseman’ Home Video Deal Unites Shout! Factory And Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company
Bojack Horseman, the Netflix animated series and tastemakers’ delight, is branching out from its streaming home via a multi-year deal for home entertainment rights with Shout! Factory and Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company.
Netflix will continue to stream the series, with its upcoming sixth season due in 2019. Shout! and Tornante will have exclusive Blu-ray and DVD rights to the first four seasons of the show in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Éire; and seasons… Read
AT&T, Warner Bros. And RED Unveil Hydrogen One Phone, Taking Aim At Mobile “Sea Of Sameness”
AT&T, Warner Bros. and the maker of the RED camera, a favorite of filmmakers from David Fincher to Peter Jackson, are teaming up for the rollout of a super-high end mobile phone called the Hydrogen One.
In a recent press preview event in New York, they unveiled the device, which will launch Friday in AT&T and Verizon stores. The stakeholders see the Hydrogen One as a creative leap beyond the best phones Apple and Samsung have on the market. It will be priced accordingly… Read
Sesame Workshop And Shout Factory Reach Multi-Year Distribution Deal
Sesame Workshop’s formidable home entertainment library will be handled by Shout! Factory, giving the indie distributor certain exclusive Sesame Street rights in North America.
Under a multi-year deal, Shout! will control DVD and Blu-ray and VOD, plus select digital rights to more than 150 active titles and programs based on the Sesame Street TV shows. The indie company will also have access to at least four new Sesame Street-themed titles per year for cross-platform… Read
Redbox-Disney Legal Battle Escalates With Amended Redbox Complaint
The legal battle between Redbox and Disney — a case that stemmed from download codes to Disney movies being sold at discount prices, as Deadline was the first to report — is getting more intense.
The movie kiosk company filed court documents accusing the Burbank entertainment giant of copyright abuse and unfair business practices. The amended complain follows Disney’s renewed efforts to have a federal court judge stop Redbox from selling digital download codes for its… Read
Universal Home Entertainment’s Dick Longwell Retiring; Kathleen Gallagher Upped To Fill Role
Kathleen Gallagher has been upped to exec VP & managing director of North American for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE). She will now lead UPHE's physical home entertainment business, including sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships in the U.S. and Canada.
Gallagher replaces longtime UPHE executive Dick Longwell who is retiring after 20 years at Universal in senior sales and distribution. Longwell held similar roles at MGM… Read
‘House Of Cards’ First Trailer For Final Season Six Unleashed By Netflix
No Kevin Spacey in the new season of the Netflix series House of Cards, as the first trailer for the sixth season makes abundantly clear.
Despite tonight’s focus on the Oscars and the #MeToo movement in its broadcast, Netflix has unleashed its look at the post-Frank Underwood era. The show dismissed Spacey after allegations of sexual misconduct with dozens of people surfaced, making him one of the highest profile actors affected by the sexual harassment outrage of the… Read
Redbox Sets New Deal With Universal Pictures Across Kiosks And Digital
Redbox has extended its distribution deal with Universal Pictures for rental and sell-through at the company’s network of 40,000 kiosks as well as its nascent on-demand streaming service.
The studio, which previously had preserved a 28-day window between its own home entertainment releases and when they would debut on Redbox, will now release day-and-date on Redbox and everywhere else.
“We are very pleased that our more than seven-year partnership with Universal has… Read
Redbox Launches Digital Rental And Sell-Through Service, Minus Disney Titles
Redbox, best known for its network of disc-dispensing red kiosks, is exploring new digital horizons with the launch of an online service offering movies for sale or rent.
The straightforwardly named Redbox On Demand offers movie and TV titles via Roku, iOS, Android, Google Chromecast and Samsung smart TVs. Two-day rentals start at $3.99, with electronic sell-through starting at $9.99.
Disney titles are notably not in the mix for now. Redbox’s offering of Disney digital… Read
Redbox, Studios’ Frenemy, Selling Low-Cost Digital Downloads Of Disney Films
Redbox, which has battled multiple Hollywood studios in court over its rightful place in the movie ecosystem, is now selling discounted digital downloads of Disney films despite not having a formal relationship with the No. 1 studio.
Third-party sellers had previously supplied the kiosk operator with physical copies of Disney DVDs and Blu-ray discs, with the studio’s consent. The availability of lower-cost digital codes on Redbox comes at an awkward time for Disney, which… Read
Lionsgate Extends Agreement With Redbox To Offer Releases At Its Kiosks
Movie fans who like to rent discs from Redbox’s $1.50-a-night kiosks will be able to continue watching Lionsgate releases as soon as they’re available to home video as a result of a deal the companies announced this morning.
The new arrangement extends the multiyear one the companies made in late 2014.
"Redbox is a longstanding and valued partner," Lionsgate Home Entertainment President Ron Schwartz says. "We are pleased to extend our relationship with them and remain… Read
Fox Picks Up U.S. Home Video Distribution Rights For Annapurna Releases
Twentieth Century Fox Film has snagged U.S. home video distribution rights for films from Annapurna, starting with Detroit, the Kathryn Bigelow-directed crime thriller that hits theaters next month.
The multiyear agreement Fox the right to distribute the films on physical, Digital HD and TVOD platforms.
Detroit is the first film Annapurna is distributing itself. Others teed up include Angela Robinson's Professor Marston And the Wonder Women, and a still-untitled period… Read