For the remainder of this month through October 14, Charter Communications is offering twelve Star Trek titles to rent from their Video On Demand library. The Star Trek collection is this month’s theme of choice from the cable TV …
Netflix posted major subscriber growth for 1Q13, beating HBO for the first time on subscriber numbers. Netflix will be introducing a $11.99 per month family plan that allows for up to four devices to simultaneously stream content on one account.
Wall Street Casino gamblers seem to think Netflix’s Reed Hastings is leaving money on the table by letting friends and family get a free ride on one account. Netflix may consider “family plans” at a different price tier to alleviate the problem and increase revenue.
Netflix announced this week that all episodes for the fourth season of Arrested Development in HD will air on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at midnight (over Memorial Day weekend, needless to say).
Amazon Prime Instant Video is producing a pilot to the movie, Zombieland, along with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the creative minds behind one of the top-grossing zombie movies ever made.
DreamWorks studios has announced the official release dates for Lincoln on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and digital formats. In the US, the film will be available in all three formats on March 26, 2013. Internationally, Lincoln will be released earlier for digital distribution on April 24, followed by Blu-ray and DVD formats on May 8. Lincoln will be available in several disc editions including a 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Single-Disc DVD.
Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 sold an estimated 3.85 million combined Blu-ray and DVD units over weekend, following the film’s home media release on March 2. According to Lionsgate, Blu-ray Disc copies of ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ made up for about 27% of the units sold over the opening weekend, reflecting an increase from Blu-ray sales of ‘Breaking Dawn Part 1’ last year at 22%. Over 3,000 stores nationwide held release parties as the clock hit midnight last Friday including Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.
In a bit of industry news, Starz announced a new agreement with Sony Pictures today that extends their current exclusive first-run premium pay TV agreement through 2021 — a five year extension from the previous deal that had included movies released through 2016. The agreement includes titles from Sony Pictures-owned Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, TriStar, and Screen Gems. This year, you’ll be able to see films such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Zero Dark Thirty, and Men In Black 3 exclusively on Starz.
Warner Bros. has stepped into the VOD streaming fray with their Warner Archive Collection Instant service, intending to go head-to-head with established streaming video companies such as Netflix and Hulu.
Amazon.com announced plans to publicly test a monthly pay option for its Amazon Prime services for customers that have avoided Prime due to the annual fee. While it remains to be seen how this development will affect current monthly pay subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu, it seems to be the kind of bold strategic move that will definitely put other video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services on notice.
Starting tomorrow, Comcast will offer CW primetime shows such as Arrow, Gossip Girl, and The Vampire Diaries to customers with Xfinity On Demand service. The two companies announced the VOD agreement today, which lets Comcast serve up the four most recent episodes of the shows, including the most recent episode the day after it airs, at no additional charge to customers. The episodes will be available starting Thursday, Oct. 25 in both HD and SD resolution. Other CW shows listed in the deal include 90210, America’s Next Top Model, Beauty & the Beast, Emily Owens M.D., Hart of Dixie, Nikita, and Supernatural. This is the first time CW’s shows have been made available On Demand through a multi-service-provider.
Time Warner Cable has added a bunch of new On-Demand movies under a category called “Hits of 2011.” Cars 2, Super 8, and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are among the included titles. All of the movies are available in either SD (Standard Definition) or HD (High Definition) resolution. Just select the “By Genre” option on Time Warner’s “Movie On Demand” channel to find the movies listed below. The category will be available through Jan. 9, 2012. Prices depend on movie and video resolution you choose. TWC also has a selection of On-Demand titles for $2.99 each.
Here’s a list of some new movies available in HD from Time Warner’s video On Demand Library. Among the new films added are “Zookeeper” with Kevin James and Rosario Dawson, Terence Malick’s complex film “The Tree Of Life,” and Universal’s “Fast Five” in both theatrical and edited versions. Pricing of On Demand movies depends on the title, so check price on your screen before ordering. TWC also has a bunch of On Demand titles (in SD) for $2.99.
Cox Communications and Cablevision subscribers can now get 3D titles on-demand from Starz Entertainment. Current 3D VOD titles available for viewing include Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Green Hornet, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Step Up 3, Tangled, and Toy Story 3. The 3D titles are, of course, only viewable to subscribers with a 3D TV, 3D glasses, and HD set-top box. You may also have to contact your service provider to enable 3D viewing for your account. Upcoming 3D titles from from Starz include Tron: Legacy and Gnomeo & Juliet.
What are the top On Demand movies so far this year? Research firm Rentrak has released data from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011 which reveals the top VOD movies by transaction rate. Eight out of ten of the titles are day-and-date with the home media release, with the majority of those movies carrying PG-13 ratings. What’s also interesting is only one of the Top 10 video-on-demand movies falls into the children’s animated genre. Guess parents are taking the more economical approach by shelling out for Blu-rays and DVDs which can be watched an infinite amount of times. Check out the Top Ten List below:
For the July 4th weekend Dish Network will offer five movies for 99 cents each via their DISH Cinema channel. The movies are no slouches either. The lineup includes the 2011 films “Sucker Punch,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Hall Pass,” and “Just Go With It,” as well as last year’s 10-time Oscar nominated film “True Grit.” (How a film gets nominated for ten Oscars and doesn’t take home at least one is mystery — but a discussion for another time.)
Suddenlink, the seventh largest cable television service provider in the U.S., is going mobile with Suddenlink2GO online. The service allows internet viewing of content (similar to HBO Go and MAX Go) at no extra charge (although some content has a 24hr window after the premiere). The online service features content from HBO, Hulu, and Turner Broadcasting.