Can ‘Toy Story 4’ Defeat Streaming and Rescue Theaters From a Summer Slump?

It hasn’t been a great start for Hollywood’s summer. After last weekend, the box office haul for 2019’s vacation season was less than 1% above last year’s take at this point, raking in $1.59 billion this month. A big part of that is due to Avengers: Endgame–despite its April release–still earning $350 million. Meanwhile, Dark […]

So Much for AT&T’s Grand Advertising and Streaming Plan—Data Sheet

WarnerMedia’s reported plans for its new video streaming service make for a good example of why business is so interesting. The Wall Street Journal says the AT&T unit intends to launch a service to house all its properties for $16 or $17 a month. That’s more than twice the price of the new Disney+ and […]

How Cord Cutting Is Driving Big Changes Across the Media Landscape

Streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu, and a planned rival from Apple will see their total U.S. revenue jump 64% over the next five years to almost $24 billion annually, benefitting from the continued growth of cord cutting, according to a report published on Wednesday. Meanwhile, revenue from cable and satellite TV service providers like […]

Google and Amazon Will Let Each Other’s Video Services Appear on Their Respective Streaming Devices

The frosty relationship between Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. thawed a little further. The two tech giants said Thursday they would begin letting each others’ video services appear on their respective streaming gadgets. YouTube will soon be available on Amazon’s Fire TV while Amazon Prime Video will show up on Google’s Chromecast and Android TV […]

Apple’s ‘Amazing Story’: Apple TV Plus Isn’t Just Another Streaming Service

Before Steven Spielberg walked on stage for Monday morning’s Apple special event, Steve Jobs Theater already had more stars than Washington D.C.’s annual July 4th parade. Cameras filming the event for the livestream captured the faces of actors Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer in the audience. Backstage, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston were likely rubbing […]

Apple’s Two-Word Plan for the Future of the Internet: Subscribe Now

Four years ago, standing on stage in front of journalists and employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced an all-new Apple TV, promising to bring the living room into the app age. “We believe the future of TV is apps,” Cook said. In an uncharacteristic misstep, hindsight has proven Cook to be wrong. But when the […]

As Disney and Fox Merge, Netflix Stock Shoots Up 5%. Don’t Be Surprised—‘Stranger Things’ Has Happened

The merger of Disney and 21st Century Fox represents one of the biggest threats to Netflix in its 21-year history. Yet on the day when the mega-merger closed, Netflix saw it stock rise nearly 5%. Why the renewed bullishness about Netflix as Disney prepares to launch a rival streaming service later this year? Wall Street […]

Roku’s Stock Up 4% on Report It May Finally Receive Support for Apple’s Airplay 2 Streaming Tech

As Apple prepares to launch its video-streaming service, it’s been expanding support for its Airplay 2 streaming technology to gear made by other hardware manufacturers, an unprecedented move for the company. So far, Roku hasn’t been among partners receiving Airplay 2 support, but that may soon change. MacRumors reported Monday that Apple and Roku were […]

Disney Is in Talks With AT&T About Buying Its Stake in Hulu, Report Says

Disney is in talks with AT&T to acquire the 10% stake that the telecom giant owns in the streaming-media company through its WarnerMedia subsidiary, Variety reported Wednesday. Hulu was formed in 2007 by a group of media giants to compete in the emerging market for streaming video. While Hulu has struggled to compete against Netflix, […]