Category Archives: Policy & Product

AMC Entertainment Introducing On-Demand Movie Service

Adam Aron, AMC’s president and chief executive, said that the AMC Theaters On Demand will offer about 2,000 films for sale or rent after their theatrical runs — much like Amazon or iTunes. Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony and Paramount have made deals with AMC for catalog and new-release movies to be available through the new service, with pricing between $3 to $5.99 to rent and $9.99 to $19.99 to buy. – Dave McNary, Variety » https://trib.al/IXeANnH

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Apple TV+, Disney+ adoption to be hindered by limited reach

Apple’s app will initially address only about half of the total US market and, just like Disney, will front up to rivals that have a wider reach. IHS Markit says that for Apple, this could come as a major disadvantage, as various services vie for screen time on the massive number of devices now capable of media streaming. It calculates that a total of 11.5 billion video-streaming-ready products are expected to be connected to the internet worldwide in 2023, up from 8.9 billion in 2018. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2VxcJww

Rush to cord-cutting, online video exaggerated claims VAB study

The principal myth debunked is that everyone is cutting the cord and moving away from cable for other video substitutes and subscription, yet VAB says that the reality is the vast majority of US households today have a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) subscription (82 million) and it’s is still by far the leading video distribution access point for consumers, followed by over-the-air (OTA) -only delivery (18.4 million); over the top (OTT) -only (16.4 million); and virtual MVPD delivery (9.3 million). VAB noted that in 2020, projections estimate there will be four times more households with MVPD subscriptions (78.8 million) than OTT-only households (18.3 million) and seven times more than virtual MVPD households (10.8 million). – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2VovItb

Almost half of US households subscribing to at least two OTT services

The research also found that 53% of US broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT service and a pay-TV service and nearly three-quarters subscribe to an OTT video service, up from 52% in 2014. Among the OTT video services available in the US, approximately 90 have fewer than 50,000 subscribers and 72 have fewer than 20,000. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2LHrR7g

Cable customers hit with $450 per year in hidden fees, Consumer Reports claims

Consumer Reports claimed that cable companies about 10 years ago began throwing on additional fees – like Broadcast TV Fee, Regional Sports Surcharge, HD Technology Fee, and Network Access and Maintenance Fee – on top of the advertised rates for packages. The publication estimated that these company-imposed fees cost consumers about $37 per month (or $450 per year). The publication also claimed that the average cable bill includes 13 line item charges, and that pay TV providers could be making an estimated $28 billion a year from charging company-imposed fees. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2Oo5Qfg [photo: Orin Zebest/Fickr]

Netflix Lines Up Multi-Movie Deal In Italy With Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset

Netflix regards Italy as one its key international growth markets. That strategy was further confirmed today by a report in Bloomberg revealing a seven-picture deal between the streamer and local broadcasting giant Mediaset, which is run by the family of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. – Andreas Wiseman, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RFRBdb

Court rules the FCC can’t block state net neutrality laws

The FCC has won a key bid to uphold its repeal of net neutrality, but at a significant cost. A federal appeals court handling a Mozilla complaint has ruled that most of the repeal can stand, but that the FCC had “not shown legal authority” to ban states from implementing their own laws. The regulator was trying to “categorically abolish” states’ established power to regulate communications within their borders, according to the court. – Jon Fingas, Engadget » https://engt.co/2oWgXl0 [photo:Orin Zebest/Flickr]

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