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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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Redbox, Studios’ Frenemy, Selling Low-Cost Digital Downloads Of Disney Films

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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

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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

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Fox Picks Up U.S. Home Video Distribution Rights For Annapurna Releases

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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

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Netflix Goes All Thumbs: No More Star Ratings

The sun has set on those Netflix stars. The previously announced thumbs up-thumbs down replacement rating system begins rolling out today, ditching the stars that have been with the company since the DVD era. But the change might not be as drastic as many users of the streaming site might think. Contrary to what many Netflix customers might always have thought, the number of stars next to a Netflix title was not a reflection of the title’s popularity or likability, nor… Read

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‘Rogue One’ Flies Into Homes Via Digital HD On March 24; Blu-ray Date Is April 4

Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Storythe first spinoff feature in the Lucasfilm canon, will be available via Digital HD as early March 24 and on Blu-ray on April 4. To date, the movie has amassed $1.05 billion at the worldwide box office. April is a big month for Lucasfilm: The annual Star Wars Celebration is set for April 13-16 in Orlando, where it’s rumored that a Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer will drop, as well as other details about Episode VIII. Check out the… Read

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Home Entertainment Spending Grew Slightly, Or Fell A Lot, In 2016: DEG

Consumer spending for home entertainment either improved slightly in 2016, or fell at an accelerating rate, depending on how you want to tally the year-end data out today from the Digital Entertainment Group. The industry organization includes streaming services such as Netflix, but historically hasn’t included some of its closest competitors such as premium cable channels HBO and Showtime. Subscription streaming spending was up 22.6% in 2016 to $6.23 billion. With that… Read