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Disney+ adds another 11.8m subs

Disney+ has continued to defy expectations with the SVoD service adding 11.8 million subscribers in the last quarter of 2021, taking the total to 129.8 million globally. Disney CEO Bob Chapek predicted the service will have 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024. Overall, the company’s revenues increased by 34 per cent year-on-year to […]

February 10, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Data: Record £5.6bn production spend in UK

Official figures published by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit show further growth in the economic recovery of UK film and high-end TV (HETV) production in the wake of the pandemic with record levels of spend contributed to the economy. The combined spend by film and high-end television production (HETV) during 2021 reached £5.64 billion […]

February 7, 2022

Dolby crashes 10%

Dolby Laboratories, usually one of the more reliable technology stocks, crashed 10 per cent on February 4th following poor Q1 results and warnings that Covid-based problems were still impacting the business. On the upside the company said it had acquired ultralow-latency specialists Millicast. San Francisco-based Dolby’s numbers saw a near-41 per cent decline in Q1 […]

February 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Sky Italia launching Sky Cinema 4K

Sky Cinema 4K, the first channel in Italy entirely dedicated to movies in 4K HDR, will launch on January 28th. Sky Cinema 4K will be available on channel 313, adding to the 11 Sky Cinema branded channels, and will be available at no additional cost to all Sky Cinema customers with Sky Q via satellite […]

January 11, 2022

Marvel’s Eternals on Disney+ from Jan 12

Disney+ has announced that Marvel Studios’ Eternals will start streaming on Disney+ in the UK & Ireland on January 12th 2022. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest team of superheroes debuted in cinemas on November 5th. The movie will join 13 other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies now streaming in IMAX Enhanced on Disney+, which gives subscribers more picture […]

December 10, 2021By Nik Roseveare

beIN signs MENA movie deal with Sony

beIN Media Group has announced a multi-year content deal with Sony Pictures Television covering the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Turkey. The deal will bring some of the biggest Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) feature films including exclusive first and second window rights to beIN’s entertainment channels in MENA such as beIN Movies and […]

May 20, 2021

Netflix, Sony agree early US pay window deal

Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) have agreed a multiyear, exclusive first pay window licensing deal in the US for theatrically released SPE feature films, beginning with their 2022 film slate. This new agreement builds upon Netflix’s pre-existing output deal with Sony Pictures Animation films to now include all SPE film labels and genres. Under […]

April 9, 2021

Report: Some gamers face 6 week wait to download PS5 games

In the midst of a second lockdown, Sony’s PlayStation 5 is about to launch and provide millions of gamers with something new to play as the nation is forced to stay at home. For gamers who haven’t yet ordered physical copies of a game, they’ll have to download these from the PlayStation store. But, with […]

November 18, 2020

Report: Video games boom to continue

According to data from market measurement company NPD Group, total spending on video games increased by 14 per cent year-on-year in October, of which 12 per cent was for video game content, 22 per cent for video game accessories and 42 per cent for video game hardware. A note from investment bank Exane/BNPP says that, […]

November 17, 2020By Chris Forrester

SF Studios, Sony sign DVD/Blu-ray deal in Nordics & Baltics

SF Studios, a distribution and production company in the Nordics, has signed a new home entertainment distribution deal for DVDs and Blu-ray Discs with Sony Pictures Entertainment effective January 11th, 2021. The new deal covers feature films and TV series in the Nordic and the Baltic markets. The agreement will further strengthen SF Studios’ home […]

November 4, 2020