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Friday, May 05, 2017
The Revenant 'Revenant' Tops Overall Disc Sales for Second Week

Fox's 'The Revenant' held onto the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, for the week ended May 1, while 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' topped the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart in its fourth week.

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Time Warner CFO Howard Averill Time Warner CFO Upbeat on Home Video Biz

Despite a 12% downturn in home entertainment revenue for the first quarter, ended March 31, Time Warner CFO Howard Averill said he expects better results for Warner Home Video going forward.

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21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch Fox Embracing Digital Distribution, Especially Hulu Live

Fox is going full-digital. The media company’s industry-wide embrace of over-the-top video and subscription streaming follows years of guarded acceptance. With Rupert Murdoch’s sons, Lachlan and James, heading 21st Century Fox, the days of management dealing with digital distribution at arms length are over.

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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Bullish on Hulu Live

Speaking on a May 4 fiscal call, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said OTT video and SVOD reflect evolving consumer habits toward consuming home entertainment. He said on-demand access underscores a “vibrant re-birth of the strength of TV networks and TV programming.” When asked if that includes embracing Hulu’s planned online TV service, Hulu Live, Bewkes concurred.

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Hulu Launching Documentary Unit

Hulu May 4 said it is bowing Hulu Documentary Films, a new unit that just acquired domestic streaming rights to Ron Howard’s 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.' The SVOD service, co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast, made the announcement at an upfront presentation in New York.

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