The hit rate hasn’t yet come down too much, but there is ample evidence that, as production budgets (and financial risks) go up, volatility in financial performance is also going up.
Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns has predicted that major film studios will reach a deal within a year with exhibitors on the launch of a premium video-on-demand window for new theatrical releases.
TV viewership is dropping across the board — including for live sports, which were supposed to be immune to shrinking ratings. NBA boss Adam Silver has a solution: Make sports look more like video games.
On Thursday, Mr. Iger said that the company’s Hollywood-oriented service would be introduced in “late 2019” and would include all new-release movies made by Walt Disney Studios, which includes Disney’s core film factory as well as Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
According to its S-1 filing for the IPO, Roku has 15.1m active accounts, and generated 9.4bn ‘streaming hours’ in 2016, up from less than 1bn in 2012.
Delivering to the linear pay-TV industry a rather conclusive marker as to what devices companies should be developing OTT and multiscreen apps for, Parks Associates said that Roku now controls 37% of the market for streaming players in the U.S.
Sales are growing quickly. Some 10.7 million Amazon customers in the U.S. owned an Echo device at the end of the first quarter, up from three million a year earlier.
Apple is planning to unveil a renewed focus on the living room with an upgraded Apple TV set-top box that can stream 4K video and highlight live television content such as news and sports, according to people familiar with the matter.