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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...

On June 12, our firm downgraded the U.S. Theater sector to Sell and switched our stock recommendations of Cinemark and Regal from Neutral to Sell due to two growing threats facing exhibitors: Premium Video On-Demand and Netflix.  While each of these risks is unlikely to pose a material negative impact to near-term financials, we expect these longer-term industry headwinds to...

Thank you to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and its President, Eddie Cunningham, for hosting a lively and insightful "Breakfast with the Board" Tuesday in Universal City! DEG Board Member Cunningham discussed with breakfast participants the studio's performance under Comcast and how to preserve and lengthen the life of physical media....

As online video rapidly replaces traditional TV, none of us have a clear picture of what the future of video and advertising will look like. Investing in technology is a bit like sending drones into the deep end of the ocean – only we’re hoping to chart a path to video monetization and personalized viewing experiences. It’s a progressive, yet...

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