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Saturday, January 07, 2017
2016 CES News

Check out this link for the latest home entertainment news and updates from the 2016 CES in Las Vegas.

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SVOD Contributed to 1% Rise in Consumer Home Entertainment Spending in 2015, DEG Reports

Driven by huge gains in OTT subscription streaming, chiefly Netflix, consumer spending on home entertainment in 2015 topped $18 billion, inching up 1% from 2014, according to preliminary estimates from DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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War Room Faith-Based 'War Room' Emerges Atop Disc Sales Chart

The Christian family drama 'War Room,' distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, scored big in the post-Christmas sales period, topping the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales Chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray unit sales, the week ended Jan. 3.

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings at CES opening keynote Netflix CES Keynote Heralds 'The Birth of a New Global Internet TV Network'

Netflix has launched new service in 130 countries — bringing its global footprint to 190 countries — just 10 countries shy of a previously-stated goal of 200 countries by the end of the year.

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Netflix CFO David Wells Netflix CFO Eyes Price Hikes Reflecting Enhanced Consumer Value

On the heels of just-announced expansion into 130 additional countries — about a quarter of global broadband households — Netflix plans to re-evaluate existing subscription pricing — including possible price hikes going forward, CFO David Wells told an investor group.

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Netflix Still Part of the Home Entertainment Family

It remains odd to see how some analysts and journalists can suggest Netflix numbers should no longer be counted in the quarterly tally compiled by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Reed Hastings may be hailed as a great innovator, a great disruptor — and he certainly is; but he’s also a home entertainment guy who simply managed to come up with a clever twist on the concept of renting a movie.

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Sony UHD Blu-rays to Include Dolby Atmos

Dolby Laboratories and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 6 announced a collaboration to release SPHE titles in Dolby Atmos over the coming years, including SPHE’s first films to be released in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format.

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Amazon, Best Buy, Target, 'Mad Max,' 'Star Wars' Among DEG Honorees

Target, Best Buy and Amazon earned top 2015 entertainment retailer honors by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group at the trade group’s annual reception Jan. 6 during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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