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Friday, September 01, 2017
The Hunstman: Winter's War 'Huntsman' Leads Pack of Newcomers Atop Disc Sales

Bowing at No. 1 on both 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 Aug. 28 was Universal's 'The Huntsman: Winter’s War.' In all, 11 new releases debuted in the top 20.

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CBS All Access Bows Ad-Free Plan

CBS All Access, the media giant’s subscription streaming video service, Aug. 31 announced availability of an ad-free monthly plan for $9.99 — 66.7% above the standard $5.99 fee. The move mirrors Hulu, which offers ad-free streaming at 50% ($11.99) more than its standard $7.99 ad-lite plan.

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CBS COO Joseph Ianniello COO: CBS to be Part of 'Skinny Bundle' Movement

With DirecTV set to launch broadband-based service in the fall, and Hulu bowing a live TV platform in early 2017, notably absent from the rapidly evolving “skinny” bundle evolution is CBS. That stance is changing, COO Joseph Ianniello told an investor group recently.

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Anchor Bay Happy With Early 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' Disc Sales

Anchor Bay Entertainment is praising first-week sales of the first season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” on DVD and Blu-ray.

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'Justice' Town Hall

A screening of First Run Features’ ‘When Justice Isn't Just’ was part of a town hall discussion on reconciliation between law enforcement and the community Aug. 13 at Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church in Altadena, Calif. Panelists included filmmakers, educators and representatives from law enforcement and Black Lives Matter. The documentary, available on iTunes beginning Aug. 30 and on DVD beginning Sept. 13, was directed by Oscar-nominated and NAACP Image Award winner David Massey. It addresses the concept and reality of justice in the United States, particularly in regard to racial disparities in the American criminal justice system.

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