By Rex Crum | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: March 17, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: March 17, 2019 at 6:06 am When it comes to the streaming TV industry, one could make an argument that there is Netflix, and there is everyone else. Based solely on subscriber numbers, Netflix can make a solid case for that statement. Netflix finished 2018 with 139.3 million paid subscribers around the world, and 58.5 million of those subscribers in the United States. By contrast, Amazon doesn’t disclose subscriber figures for its Prime service, which includes access to Prime Video programming. Hulu said in January that it had 25 million paying subscribers. As part of its efforts to remain the king of the streaming TV mountain, Netflix has not been shy about spending like mad to acquire new content. The company laid out $12.04 billion in 2018 to buy and produce titles for its service — an amount that dwarfs the $8.9 billion in spent in 2017. Despite such spending, its prevalence in … [Read more...] about Will Netflix keep streaming higher with Disney and Apple in the wings?
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It was quite a rebound year for the movie business in 2018. After a year of big-budget duds and attendance hitting a 25-year low in 2017, seeing theatres full this entire year was a big morale boost for the industry. In fact, the domestic box office set a box office record with a $US11.38 billion take (and still climbing). But there were also big changes to the industry that will be felt in 2019 and beyond. The popularity of MoviePass has given a boost to movie ticket subscription plans (whether or not that company stays in business), and Disney buying 20th Century Fox proves that the movie studio system as we’ve known it for decades is disappearing. Here we look at 5 things to keep an eye out for in 2019: 1. Expect more movie ticket subscription options One of the big stories at the movies in 2018 was the rise (and colossal fall) of MoviePass. But what the company showed the industry is that theatergoers love a subscription model as much as they love one for their favourite … [Read more...] about 5 things to look out for at the movies in 2019 — from the movie ticket subscription wars to the likelihood of another record-breaking box office year
Travis Clark, provided by Published 3:11 pm CDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 Lucasfilm The Boba Fett standalone "Star Wars" movie is dead, according to Deadline and reporter Erick Weber. Disney is instead focusing on the live-action "Star Wars" TV series, "The Mandalorian," for its upcoming streaming service. The last "Star Wars" standalone, "Solo," disappointed at the box office this summer. Disney CEO Bob Iger has expressed regret about the fast pace at which "Star Wars" movies were being released. The "Star Wars" spin-off movie for Boba Fett, the fan-favorite bounty hunter, is not happening, as Disney instead focuses on its upcoming streaming service and its first "Star Wars" live-action TV series, "The Mandalorian." Deadline confirmed that the movie is dead after reporter Erick Weber first tweeted on Thursday, "Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed to me Boba Fett movie is 100% dead, 100% focusing on THE MANDALORIAN." Disney did not immediately return a request for comment. … [Read more...] about The Boba Fett ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movie is dead after ‘Solo’ bombed at the box office — and Disney will focus on TV instead
NEW YORK — The Latest on Disney's financial results (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Disney says its upcoming streaming service won't try to compete directly with Netflix and Amazon, but will focus instead on quality — namely original programs from Disney's "Star Wars," Pixar and Marvel brands. The details from Disney CEO Bob Iger come as Disney reported a growth in earnings for the latest quarter, though results missed expectations. With Comcast out of the bidding war, Disney is planning to move forward with its $71.3 billion purchase of Fox's entertainment assets, in part to boost a Disney-branded streaming service set to launch in late 2019. Disney's shareholders and U.S. regulators have approved the Fox bid. Disney is awaiting regulatory approval overseas. Though a price for the upcoming entertainment service hasn't been set, Iger told analysts during a conference call that the price will reflect a lower volume of shows and movies. Netflix plans range from $8 to $14 a … [Read more...] about The Latest: Disney says streaming service not Netflix rival
Published July 01, 2018 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS) Solo: A Star Wars Story is now destined to go down as a flop and the first Star Wars film to lose money at the box office. Following the picture's disappointing performance, reports emerged that Disney had put the development of all Star Wars spin-off films temporarily on hold. Subsequent reports suggest that a complete halt for all of the franchise's side stories isn't in the cards, but it seems likely that the company is reconsidering the franchise trajectory following the recent bouts of negative feedback. Star Wars no longer looks like the unstoppable media property it appeared to be less than a year ago, and a change of course is needed. Continue Reading Below A disturbance in The Force More than a month after the film's release, Solo's box office sits at roughly $350 million worldwide. That might not sound too bad, but with an estimated $250 million … [Read more...] about Is Disney’s “Star Wars” Universe Imploding?