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The summer box office came up short in 2017 and a variety of theories have been circulating inside Hollywood as to the cause of the decline. On average, the top 20 movies released between May and August of this year opened to revenues that were 15 percent lower than the set of top films that opened between May and August...

By Greg Tarr Special to DEG When Apple opted not to include 4K Ultra HD support in its last Apple TV media adapter two years ago, the move was viewed by many as a logical one considering the small percentage of 4K Ultra HDTV owners at the time, and Apple's well-known reluctance to support incomplete technology trends. The maker of the iPhone also...

Many are pressing play, but who’s willing to pay? In the past year, digital video viewing is on the rise for both free and paid content. And more teens are willing to pay for digital content, with 63% saying they purchased digital video in the past year, up from just 45% in 2016. Despite the rise in digital video consumption, however,...

Who is winning? Listeners are, of course. Over the past year streaming passed AM/FM as the most popular mode for music listening. There is now a music streaming offer tailored to every listener, whether ad-supported or on-demand. Massive catalogs are the standard, complemented by increasingly sophisticated features such as curated playlists, connections to social media platforms, podcasts and music videos....

By Dade Hayes Special to DEG Film lovers are a patient lot. Decades ago, they would wait months, if not years, until their local repertory cinema brought back cherished titles. Then, the video age ushered in ways to get a fix away from theatres, mainly via physical discs and set-top video on demand. Today, as technology brings constant streaming and OTT innovation, there...

By Greg Tarr Special to DEG High dynamic range (HDR) is here and its poised to change forever, and for the better, the picture quality we’ve come to expect on our television screens. Only three years into the launch of the first HDR-capable displays, sales are achieving significant momentum, even as overall TV unit shipments are in decline. Importantly, this new technology launch has...

Who would have guessed that physical entertainment would make such a comeback?  At the end of 2016, retail sales of physical books increased by 3 percent, while records on vinyl continued to prosper with double-digit growth and over 13 million units sold in 2016. The same can be said for movies on disc, with the launch of Blu-ray/4K formats injecting new life...

U.S. home entertainment spending has grown 3 percent so far in 2017, reaching nearly $4.5 billion for the quarter and more than $9 billion in the first half, with consumers continuing to spend more on digital transactions to enjoy movies through electronic purchases and video on demand. Blu-ray Disc sales also enjoyed an increase in sales. Clearly, consumers continue to transition...

Every day, ask yourself, what am I missing? Often times, for today’s dominant entertainment and media companies, that answer could very well be great user experience.  Because without it, companies face the very real prospect of losing their competitive advantage. Having compelling content and a solid distribution network (or even both) remains crucial; however, it is the ability to give...

This week, Netflix’s Castlevania is still the most popular digital original series in the US, but the anime-style series’ demand fell by 37% compared to last week. Stranger Things is No. 3 on the digital original series chart, likely on the back of the show’s trailer released on July 22. Also, the launch of Netflix’s Friends from College on July 14...