If we re right, this poses a long-term strategic risk for these firms, analysts including Jason Bazinet wrote in a research note.Citigroup downgraded Scripps and Discovery to sell from neutral and maintained a neutral rating for Viacom.Hulu, the online video service co-owned by 21st Century Fox Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp., is said to be planning a live TV package of channels from its owners and their peers.Because the three represent the largest buyers of sports rights in the U.S., Citigroup expects one Hulu bundle to be sports-centric -- what it termed NewLu.Discovery slumped 3.3 percent to $26.55 and Viacom lost 1.7 percent to $38.74.Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger confirmed Hulu s plans to become a cable-like service Wednesday, saying the move will help his company as a part owner of Hulu and as a programmer.Media companies and pay-TV distributors are beginning to offer smaller packages of live channels as an alternative to costly cable and satellite service and to draw new viewers to their channels.Sports content is unique: it s not fungible with Web-based video offerings from Netflix and Amazon, they wrote in the note.
Entertainment veterans from DreamWorks Animation have started their own virtual reality startup with $3 million in funding.The Santa Monica, California-based Spaces is headed by chief executive Shiraz Akmal and chief technology officer Brad Herman, two veterans who worked on DreamWorks Animation s early VR experiences through 2015.Spaces is already working with such companies as Microsoft, NBCUniversal, Big Blue Bubble and The Hettema Group, among others, to develop and produce a wide range of projects across all VR and mixed reality platforms.Among the target platforms are the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR and Google Cardboard.Virtual reality spaces offer creative challenges we ve never seen before: to build fully dimensional spaces in which viewers can completely interact, Akmal said, in a statement.Herman also said, In every respect, VR is creating new horizons, and we re eager to help companies explore them.Spaces is combining remarkable capabilities, tools and creativity to push the boundaries of the VR frontier.Akmal has been the vice president of operations-product development for the now-defunct video game company THQ, and executive creative director Dean Orion has a career that has included writing for television and creating interactive, location-based attractions for DreamWorks Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering.The Spaces team has the ability and the background to make an enormous impact on VR and MxR, and I am eager to see what they accomplish, said Kai-Fu Lee, founder and CEO of Sinovation Fund, in a statement,The Spaces advisory team includes Dan Offner, attorney, angel investor and former general counsel for Oculus; Keith Boesky, former president of Eidos Interactive and the principal of Boesky & Company; and Indian film actor and entrepreneur Rana Daggubati, star of Baahubali: The Beginning, the highest-grossing film in India s history.
It s going to be a long summer for anyone trying to fly.If Disney were to take on the project, one imagines that it might be enticed to use some kind of RFID technology, like what s deployed in the Walt Disney World parks in Florida.The Disney Parks Magicband Disney Collecting information about how guests use Disney amusement parks could improve the company s ability to target advertisements at its guests, including children, Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey wrote at the time.Obviously nobody is getting in line at the airport expecting an entertaining experience and everybody is more or less trying to get to the same place: their particular gate.It s unclear how the private sector could actually fix any of these problems aside from throwing more money at it and opening more lines.Once you ve missed your flight after standing in line for three hours at least you could ride the Haunted Mansion.
Disney Movies VR lets you 'transport yourself into the wonderful world of Disney from your very own living room' DisneyDisney has released a free app for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift that aims to bring iconic pop-culture locations from its numerous mega-franchises into the world of VR virtual reality .The app, entitled Disney Movies VR, features characters and places from The Jungle Book, Captain America and also Star Wars.Part of the enduring appeal of virtual reality is the promise of being transported into fantastical worlds, if only for a brief few moments.As for Star Wars, we catch a glimpse of an AT-AT and come face to face with The Force Awakens' violently adorable spherical droid BB-8 on board the Millenium Falcon.It's not a glitch by the way: the trailer just doesn't have soundYouTube/Radio Disney ClubShould be great, right?Sony shocked a lot of fans by revealing that EA and DICE's hugely successful first-person shooter Star Wars: Battlefront was on its way to PlayStation VR.
Earlier this month, both Hulu and YouTube announced plans within days of each other to launch live-streaming internet TV services in 2017.While this might have seemed an odd move for YouTube, it almost seemed a given for Hulu, given that three of the companies expected to be licensing content to the new service — Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, and Comcast s NBCUniversal — are also co-owners of the streamer.Iger generally seemed positive about all aspects of Hulu s upcoming pay-TV service, saying that it will keep legacy distributors more honest.This doesn t only relate to the deals distributors make with companies like Disney and others, but also keeping their user interfaces up to date and competitive with future offerings from newer competitors.The latter could mean a serious blow for Netflix, which licenses a huge swath series from Disney s Marvel properties, including current series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and future series like Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but also is the exclusive U.S. licensee of future properties in Disney s new Star Wars universe.We don t stop, we don t pause, it doesn t cause us to do anything different, he said, adding that If you re running a company like this, you can t possibly run it with a great focus on quarterly results.
One idea Samsung is evaluating is whether it could offer the same collection of channels on a global basis instead of just the U.S., one of the people said.The plans are still in the early stages, and Samsung may ultimately decide not to pursue the concept, the people said.A service like the one Samsung is exploring could work as an app on Web-connected TV sets and mobile phones -- both products made by the electronics giant.By selling its own cable-like service, Samsung could help drive more sales of its phones and TVs.Hulu LLC, Amazon.com Inc. and Google s YouTube are also working on introducing similar services.Apple Inc. has also discussed a proposal with programmers.Many have struggled to secure all the channels they want while still keeping the service at a desirable price -- about $30 a month -- because media companies push for TV providers to carry all of their channels and not just the most popular ones.They ve also struggled to get deals to carry local broadcast stations that aren t owned by major networks like CBS and ABC.To keep the retail price down, Hulu will probably include channels from Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox Inc. and Time Warner Inc. and exclude others like Viacom Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc., Citigroup analysts wrote in a research note Wednesday.Hulu s service would likely sell for $30 a month starting in the first half of 2017, the analysts said.
Disney-based VR startup Littlstar has developed a way to measure where people are looking while immersed in a VR experience or watching a 360-degree video and is mapping those viewing patterns so that content creators and brands can track what is and isn t grabbing people s attentions.79 viewsThe technology and more importantly the data it unearths could be a significant catalyst for entertainment studios, production firms and brands still trying to wrap their heads around how people are wrapping their heads around the emerging medium.To give themselves a better shot of guiding audiences through their all-encompassing entertainment, content creators do things to signal where someone s attention should be, like lighting only part of a scene or having someone on screen point the viewers eyes in the right direction.47 viewsUnlike eye tracking studies and test audience surveys that are limited to a sample viewership, Littlstar can create these heat maps for all viewers, but with one big caveat.It currently only works for videos distributed through Littlstar s VR service or a company s own platform that has integrated its tech, but not videos viewed on Facebook or YouTube.With all the discussion about viewability and engagement, here is a really exciting way to be able to showcase exactly what the engagement, what the viewability is of the sponsor s assets, said Weinstock.
Announced today by the streaming video company, Netflix has snagged the exclusive rights to stream new films from companies such as Disney, Lucasfilm, Pixar and Marvel.As detailed in the Netflix Media Center, this deal will start during September 2016 and run for multiple years.Of course, Netflix subscribers will have to wait until after the release of digital versions and physical discs, like Blu-ray and Ultra HD, in order to access the content over streaming video.Hypothetically, Disney could have developed a platform like HBO GO and force consumers to subscribe to yet another streaming service, specifically to access an exclusive library of content.Beyond the licensing deal, Netflix also announced a barrage of films that will hit the streaming service over the summer months.During July, Netflix will be adding The Big Short, a Netflix original film Brahman Naman and older films such as Back to The Future and Lethal Weapon.
The company announced this morning the launch of a subscription-based companion service called Circle Go that lets parents filter the web and apps, limit screen time, and keep up-to-date on how kids are spending time online even when they re outside the bounds of the home s Wi-Fi network.Most devices – including iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, and Amazon s Fire tablets – come with parental controls built-in.Meanwhile, traditional parental control software can come across more like spyware rather than policy management tools.Circle with Disney s current product is a small hardware device that connects with your Wi-Fi network but doesn t replace your current router , and is managed by an accompanying mobile app.This is not a standalone subscription service, however, but an add-on to Circle with Disney – it requires that you already have the $99 device and the MyCircle companion app installed.The new subscription service is available via meetcircle.com, while the device itself can be purchased online at the company s website as well as from DisneyStore.com, Amazon, and both online or in-store at Target and Best Buy.
Image Source: Star WarsAs if all the new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in June weren t enough, Netflix is already hyping up its entire summer slate.But the biggest addition comes in September, when Netflix becomes the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.DON T MISS: See tons of new footage in the latest trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence The deal basically means that all relevant movies will go straight to Netflix after the DVD release — and it s exclusive, so you won t be able to get the same movies on Amazon Prime or HBO.We originally covered the deal between Netflix and Disney way back in 2012, but this is the first time we ve been given a precise window for when the deal would go into effect.As the original press release notes, this only applies to first-run live-action and animated feature films, but that s still a ton of value.It s also worth reminding everyone that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters in December, so presumably it will be one of the first Disney movies to release on Netflix under this new arrangement.
The teaser embedded above opens with a frozen-over version of the iconic Disney castle as the spooky-yet-alluring music from the prologue of the original begins to play in the background.It has been nearly a quarter century since the original hit theaters, but it s clear that the Alan Menken-composed theme hasn t lost any of its mysterious power.From there, we get a tour of the beautifully CGI-ified castle, a quick off-screen back-and-forth between Lumiere Ewan McGregor and Cogsworth Ian McKellen , and a shot of the famous Enchanted Rose.It doesn t give us much meat to chew on, but the trailer does seem to capture the feel of the original and should certainly be enough to pique the interest of long-time fans.While this project boasts an all-star cast and a top-notch production team, living up to the enormously high standard set by the original will be tall task.After all, it was one of only three animated films in history to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Today, Netflix made an announcement seemingly tailored for these restless U.S. customers, touting a pay TV partnership with Disney, along with forthcoming titles that it will stream first or exclusively throughout the summer.The partnership with Disney allows Netflix, as of September, to offer Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm movies during the same window when cable networks like HBO would be allowed to air them, but after Blu-ray and DVD releases.Sarandos and Netflix then highlighted newer and classic films that will be available in its catalog this summer, including: The Big Short, Hotel Transylvania 2, Spotlight, Goosebumps, the Back to the Future trilogy, the Lethal Weapon franchise, Sixteen Candles and The Wedding Planner.Netflix also reminded users of a spate of forthcoming originals that had already been announced, including a Brad Pitt-starrer, War Machine, and Christopher Guest-directed Mascots.The company isn t just appealing to its existing customer base ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, when viewership on Netflix spikes.UBS and RBC Capital issued positive buy or hold ratings on Netflix today, the Street.com reported.
Netflix will become the exclusive streaming home of Disney's newest movies in the United States, as announced by the service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, in a blog post today."From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar," said Sarandos.Films will arrive on the service after their digital, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases, and will presumably include such 2016 blockbusters as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast.The announcement also suggests that traditional US subscription channels, like HBO and Starz, will no longer have access to new Disney films.However, that could change after the initial first-run window has closed.Whether or not this deal will venture outside of the US, or affect Netflix's current partnership with Disney in Australia and New Zealand, remains to be seen.
The company has announced that it will be the exclusive streaming service for Disney and Pixar movies, as well as Marvel and LucasFilm properties, starting this September.The news comes more than three years after Netflix inked a deal with Disney in December 2012 for the rights to deliver the media giant s content on its streaming platform.Disney titles will become available on Netflix during the same release window in which they d come to pay-TV channels, meaning they ll arrive after they re released on DVD and Blu-Ray.That shuts out rivals like HBO, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video from streaming Disney movies, which is a huge deal for Netflix in its endeavor to become the go-to service for TV and movie fans.However, it s worth noting that the deal applies only to viewers in the US.We ll have to wait and see if Netflix will work to extend the deal to cover other countries.
If Netflix wasn t already the most essential streaming service before, it probably will be soon.Netflix has announced that, starting in September, it will not just be a place to find Cinderella, The Avengers, Indiana Jones, and Toy Story, it will be the only place to find them.Netflix has made an exclusive deal with Disney and its subsidiaries, so no Hulu or Amazon Prime for those films.We ve heard a lot about Netflix s original shows, but this is a deal that bolsters the larger catalog in a huge way.And, of course, Netflix already had a relationship with Marvel due to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the rest of the Marvel Netflix shows.The real question is whether that means we ll finally be able to stream Star Wars.
While Disney s exit from the self-publishing video game business earlier this month was bad news for fans of its toys-to-life Infinity series, it could be good news for lovers of the classic The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion franchises.The titles co-creator, Ron Gilbert, has asked Disney to sell the rights to the games back to him.Gilbert sent out the following Tweet yesterday:Dear @Disney, now that you're not making games, please sell me my Monkey Island and Mansion Mansion IP.I'll pay real actual money for them.— Ron Gilbert @grumpygamer May 23, 2016This was followed by another Tweet that explained he got the name of his own game wrong because he s incapable of proof reading his posts, which is "part of the charm in following him."Five months later, Disney shut down the studio, saying that LucasArts would better serve the company by licensing properties instead of developing them in-house.
Netflix has signed a deal with Disney in the United States that gives the streaming service the exclusive rights to all new films after they leave the cinemas.Starting in September, the deal will make Netflix the only pay-TV service in the US with access to Disney's most recent theatrical releases.Considering the popularity of the films from these studios, gaining exclusive streaming access is a big deal for Netflix.According to Polygon, Netflix and Disney have agreed to a "pay one deal, which is essentially a one-time deal that lasts for years."The specifics see Netflix gain exclusive access to all Disney films released in 2016 and beyond, while films released before this year will still be available to other networks as part of their existing deals.Essentially this means films like Captain America, Civil War will be available exclusively through Netflix, while older films in the series like Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be available through other services like HBO.
Netflix recently announced the upcoming shows and movies we can expect to see on the service soon, and casually amongst it all, almost as if were a minor note, was a simple statement: From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.Netflix has been increasingly criticized for its shrinking library, with the shrinking seeming to affect everything worth watching.It teases some of that content in the video above -- we'll be getting The Big Short soon, Hotel Transylvania 2, and a bunch of other stuff.Next month will bring Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and Jurassic Park 3, Spotlight, and The Fundamentals of Caring.Fast-forward to July, and Netflix subscribers will also be getting The Big Short, Brahman Naman, Tallulah, and assorted classic family favorite franchises including Lethal Weapon and Back to the Future.Finally, starting in September, Netflix will lay claim to all of the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies coming out; it ll also be launching some more originals, including Mascots and War Machine."
Marvel s latest film is one of its most critically acclaimed releases ever, an it s also pushing gamers to the company s games and other digital products.Following the release of Captain America: Civil War late last month, apps like Marvel Future Fight have seen a huge bump in popularity.Marvel is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, which recently revealed it is applying the Marvel and Star Wars model to its entire roster of properties.Marvel provided GamesBeat with an exclusive look at some of the numbers for its games from April 28 through May 11, which is the two-week period following the international release of Civil War.And it s clear that the movies are a huge reason that people get excited to install and play apps featuring Captain America, Spider-Man, and Iron Man.Here are those figures:But these impressive performance metrics are not limited to Marvel s games.The entertainment company also saw people hop on its content apps and website as well: Marvel s Captain America: Civil War has had an incredibly significant and sustained impact on our digital portfolio, Marvel general manager for interactive and digital distribution Peter Phillips said in a statement provided to GamesBeat.Phillips explained that people were so quick to install these games in part because Marvel worked with its partner developers to introduce all of the characters and themes from Civil War.But this is not a one-time bump, because Marvel purposefully held back certain heroes until the movie-going audience had a chance to learn about them.
Image Source: DisneyDisney has been on a roll for the past 12 months, having released not one but two huge blockbusters including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War.As big as those two movies were, the company also has plenty of other highly anticipated titles in the making and it looks like there s one trailer that people wanted to watch even more than The Force Awakens or Civil War.The teaser generated 91.8 million views in its first 24 hours, beating The Force Awakens 88 million views for the second trailer , Civil War 61 million and Avengers: Age of Ultron 55 million , The Hollywood Reporter notes.The teaser trailer debuted on ABC s Good Morning America this past Monday morning, before appearing online and airing around the world.If that first 24 hours is any indication of box office performance, then Disney has likely locked down yet another blockbuster title and potential cash cow.The entire cast is spectacular — we re looking at Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.
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