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Only 39% Of Viewers Choose Live TV As Their Default Option – Study

EXCLUSIVE: The concept of channel surfing appears to be going out with the tide. Rather than flipping on live TV to see what’s on, viewers are increasingly defaulting to on-demand sources like SVOD services, according to a new study by Hub Entertainment Research. In the latest edition of its annual “Decoding the Default” report, Hub found that only 39% of viewers tune into live programming from a traditional pay-TV provider, down from 47% last year. On-demand sources… Read

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Reese Witherspoon To Host ‘Shine On’ Female Profile Series For Hello Sunshine VOD Channel On DirecTV With AT&T

After 2017’s Emmy-winning success of HBO’s Big Little Lies and the timely Meet My Mom on Facebook Watch earlier this year, Reese Witherspoon's female-focused Hello Sunshine shingle is about to put the Oscar winner's inaugural unscripted series on a video-on-demand channel with AT&T. Debuting on July 17, Shine On With Reese will feature on-location conversations, at home and on the front lines with the likes of A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay, the legendary Dolly P… Read

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Ammo’s ‘Bound By Debt’ Martial Arts Film Gets VOD Date

Bound by Debt, the martial movie from Ammo Content starring Paul Mormando and, in the supporting cast Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) and Bobby Ciasulli (The Real House Wives of New Jersey) finally kicks its way to American audiences: The film will be released on Amazon VOD July 1. The ’90s-style actioner has been picked up by several international territories including South Korea, but stateside genre fans will be getting their first look next week. Film is from… Read

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German VOD Revenues To Hit $2.9B By 2023, Report

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After taking a while to heat up, revenues in the German VOD market are now growing at a steady rate, according to a new report. The study, ‘Pay VOD inGermany – 2018-2023 Forecast’ by Berlin-based research and consultancy firm Goldmedia, found that at the end of 2017, 18% of all German households were subscribing to at least one paid-for Video-on-Demand service. The market appears to be on an “unabated growth trajectory” and the boom in the Pay VOD market (SVOD, TVOD, EST)… Read

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Nielsen’s First Deep-Dive Analysis Of A TV Series Shows How ‘Roseanne’ Scored

ABC’s reboot of Roseanne is the first show Nielsen has publicly analyzed through its recently adopted Total Content Ratings and Digital Content Ratings tools. A press event hosted by the measurement company in New York went deeper than ABC’s many ratings announcements in recent weeks. Nielsen’s snapshot shows how many younger viewers tuned in via mobile or connected devices — about half of those under 34, an audience broadcast networks are desperate to retain. Charts… Read

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Netflix Acquires ‘Les Affamés’; Horror Pic Won TIFF’s Best Canadian Feature Prize

From director Robin Aubert, zombie apocalypse drama Les Affamés (The Ravenous) was named Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is up for five Canadian Screen Awards. Now, it’s coming to Netflix near you. The streaming company is continuing its drive into foreign-language fare, acquiring the title for release on March 2, outside Canada, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Written and directed by Aubert (Saint Martyrs Of The Damned, Crying Out)… Read

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U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Rose To $20.5 Billion In 2017, Thanks To Streaming

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Home entertainment spending rose 5% to $20.5 billion in 2017 as U.S. consumers showed their growing affinity for streaming services. Spending on subscription video on demand services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime reached $9.5 billion last year, a 31% increase from a year ago, according to the DEG's Year-End 2017 Home Entertainment Report. Electronic sell-through — that is, purchases of movie downloads — reached $2.2 billion for the year, up nearly 6% from the… Read

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China Court Case Challenges SAPPRFT On Rules Over Gay Depiction Online – Report

A Beijing court has accepted a case that would require Chinese media authority SAPPRFT to clarify the legal or policy basis of its listing of homosexual relations as “abnormal” within a regulation that stipulates principles for online content providers. The Global Times reports that private citizen Fan Chunlin has filed suit with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court and that a decision is expected within six months, his lawyer told the paper. In June this year… Read

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A&E’s ‘Live PD’ Ranks As The Most DVR’d Show Of 2017, Per Vizio Survey

Even though it airs live on Friday and Saturday nights, with a studio panel assessing police pursuits in real time, A&E’s Live PD ranked as the most DVRd show of 2017. That’s one key finding in a tally of second-by-second viewing last year in 7.7 million households across OTT, on-demand, DVR and live viewing by Inscape, the data arm of smart-TV maker Vizio. (See full rankings below.) The Walking Dead ranked second on the DVR list, but finished as the No. 1 show in… Read

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Acorn TV Sets January Slate With ‘Detectorists’, ‘Girlfriends’ & More

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. streaming service Acorn TV has set its January slate of premiering and returning international dramas and comedies. They include two Acorn TV Originals, Detectorists and Girlfriends as well as New Zealand legal drama, Dear Murderer. Acorn has steadily expanded its role as co-producer and in January will be participating for the first time at the TCAs with an executive panel and panels for Girlfriends and Irish drama Striking Out. Detectorists, the BBC… Read

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Apple Investment In Original Video Will Reach $4.2 Billion By 2022: Report

As it steps up from Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps and deepens its well of original content, Apple will grow its investment in video from current levels of about $500 million to $4.2 billion in 2022, according to a projection by VC firm Loup Ventures. The report, by former longtime Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, predicts that Amazon will top both Apple and current leader Netflix by spending $8.3 billion by 2022, an average annual growth rate. But Apple is on… Read

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Fullscreen Media To Shutter Its SVOD Service

EXCLUSIVE: After an 18-month effort to make headway in the saturated streaming video marketplace, Fullscreen Media is shutting down its subscription video on demand service next year. The demise of its $6-per-month SVOD service follows a decision in September to trim about 3% of Fullscreen’s total staff of about 750. About 25 jobs would be lost as a result of the shutdown. Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos said, in an email to staff, that millions had downloaded the app… Read