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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Deepwater Horizon Newcomers 'Deepwater Horizon,' 'The Accountant' Dominate Disc Sales

Lionsgate's 'Deepwater Horizon' and Warner's 'The Accountant' took the top two spots on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Jan. 15, by a wide margin.

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Redbox, Paramount Ink New Distribution Deal

Redbox and Paramount Home Media Distribution Jan. 18 announced a new distribution deal that affords kiosk consumers access to new-release discs day-and-date with their retail store availability.

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Netflix Crushes Sub Growth Projections, Stock Soars

Netflix added more than 7 million subscribers worldwide, including 1.93 million in the United States and 5.12 million abroad in the fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2016). The tallies all beat company projections as Netflix ended the year with 93.8 million subscribers — up more than 25% from 74.76 million subs a year earlier. This was Netflix’s largest quarter of net sub additions in its history.

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Survey: Nearly One-Third of U.S. Consumers Say They Watch Pirated Content

Nearly one-third (32%) of respondents in an online survey of U.S. consumers said that they watch pirated content. YouGov conducted the survey of 1,190 U.S. adults from Dec. 29, 2016, to Jan. 3, 2017, for digital platform security firm Irdeto.

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Sony Takes Equity Stake in Genius Brands International

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 18 announced it has broadened an existing North America agreement with Genius Brands International to include worldwide home entertainment marketing and distribution of Genius Brands’ Kid Genius and Baby Genius labels of all Genius Brands’ properties. In addition, SPHE took an equity stake in Genius Brands.

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