Category Archives: Policy & Product

74% set to stop paying for pay-TV within five years

The report also found that almost two-thirds of UK consumers spend up to £20 per month on video services while 30% of UK customers report that all their video spend is for online streaming services. In the UK, 40% of consumers state they are willing to pay up to £35 per month for online video services, this rises to 47% in the U.S, that are willing to pay up to $35 monthly. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2VJX4vZ [photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

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Studio Profit Report 2019: Disney Reigns, Netflix Gains

Netflix: The streaming giant gained 27.8 million subscribers in 2019, down from its peak addition of 28.6 million in 2018, amid new competition. Netflix ended the year with 167 million global members, including 61 million in the U.S., and has predicted it will tally 7 million more in the first quarter of 2020. – George Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/38hudl6

Hilary Duff Asks Disney to Move ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival to Hulu

Duff’s comments come after Variety exclusively reported on the behind-the-scenes issues that saw “Lizzie McGuire” creator and revival showrunner Terri Minsky be removed from that role on the show. Duff and Minsky wanted to do a more adult version of Lizzie for the revival, while Disney wants a show that would appeal to kids and families, something more akin to the original series. Sources say Disney was initially on board with Minsky and Duff’s take, but the company decided to move in a different direction with the series after the first two episodes were completed. – Joe Otterson, Variety » https://ift.tt/2I5IAhY

Lawmakers Press Google, YouTube On Making Anti-Piracy Tool Available To Wider Range Of Content Creators

Content ID is intended to be used “for those who own exclusive rights to a large amount of original content (like a record label or a movie studio), are submitting a high number of complete and valid takedown requests, and are able to dedicate the resources needed to manage it,” according to YouTube. Smaller rights holders can also go through a third-party service for a fee, according to YouTube. – Ted Johnson, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2TaCa7z

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Showrunner Steve Blackman Inks Big Overall Deal With Netflix

Blackman is the second key auspice behind The Umbrella Academy signed into a deal by Netflix. The streamer in May inked a first-look deal with series’ producer Dark Horse Entertainment whose sibling Dark Horse Comics publishes The Umbrella Academy comic books. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2Tr6N7t [photo: Steve Blackman/IMDb]

Netflix Seeks Cancellation of “Choose Your Own Adventure” Trademark in ‘Bandersnatch’ Dispute

In an answer filed Tuesday, the streamer admits it did seek a license from Chooseco for a potential project but denies those negotiations had anything to do with Bandersnatch. Netflix also asserted a variety of affirmative defenses, including that Chooseco failed to state a claim, that its use is protected by the First Amendment and fair use, that there’s no likelihood of confusion and that the claims are barred by the doctrine of genericide. – Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2VGPaDN [photo: Netflix]

IATSE Petition Telling President Matt Loeb To Hang Tough In Netflix Contract Talks Grows To 11,0000 Signatures

Protecting the union’s pension plan is a chief concern among many of the signers, as it was in January when members from a dozen IATSE locals urged Loeb “to be relentless” at the bargaining table in order to provide “much needed income to secure the future funding of our pensions.” – David Robb, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2T5QwpJ

‘Friends’ DVD, Digital Sales Soar as It Takes a Break From Streaming

Data from retail tracking service NPD VideoScan reveals that after the announcements that “Friends” and “The Office” would disappear from Netflix (the latter series at the end of 2020) and move to streaming sites HBO Max and Peacock, respectively, disc sales for both complete series skyrocketed: Physical sales spiked in July and remained high through the end of the year. – Michael Schneider, Variety » https://ift.tt/2V7IIVV

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