By TOM TEODORCZUK March 14, 2018 | Lord [Andrew] Adonis, a former U.K. cabinet minister and academic, is one of the most vociferous, high-profile opponents of Brexit. Recently, he took issue on Twitter with the coverage from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) of Britain’s protracted departure from the European Union and pleaded for “Netflix [to] set up a sharp, balanced news service.” While Netflix NFLX won’t be setting...

By Todd Spangler March 12, 2018 | Fandango’s FandangoNow video-on-demand service is the fifth online retailer to throw in with Movies Anywhere, the digital movie-collection service owned by Disney. Under the deal, FandangoNow customers can use the Movies Anywhere app and website to access eligible purchases of movies from Walt Disney Studios — encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm — 20th Century Fox Film, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks...

By Dade Hayes March 12, 2018 | In a 47-page report out today, influential Wall Street analyst Craig Mofett deems the presumed bid for Comcast by pay-TV giant Sky TV as a gambit with “tremendous risks” that nonetheless could yield an OTT service with Netflix-style advantages.  The near-term upside of Comcast’s overture for Sky has been nil, notes Moffett, a partner in MoffettNathanson...

By Prospero March 12, 2018 | DEPENDING on your point of view, Netflix has established itself either as a haven for intelligent, challenging science-fiction drama, or as a dumping ground for follies which were too obviously flawed to merit a theatrical release. First, the streaming giant surprised subscribers by adding “The Cloverfield Paradox” to its catalogue with almost no advance warning....

By Theodore Schleifer March 10, 2018 | Filmmaker Jason Blum thinks that the battle between studios, theaters and streaming services like Netflix over how movies are released is basically over — and his industry lost. The movie industry has long been debating when films should be offered outside of theaters. Simultaneously? After weeks? After months? Well, Blum said Saturday that during that negotiation,...

By Wayne Friedman March 9, 2018 | Big traditional pay TV providers lost 3.7% or 3 million subscribers in 2017 -- one of the worst years ever, according to one report. But other research says that new, rising virtual pay TV services have softened the blow. Seven major services -- DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Charter, Altice, U-Verse, and FiOS -- gave up...