Apple wants to carve out exclusive theatrical windows for exhibitors to screen some of its forthcoming feature films before streaming on Apple TV+.
Apple raised its commitment from $2 billion to $6 billion this year to fund original shows and films for its new subscription video service, Apple TV+.
Netflix signed a five-year deal with Sony Pictures Television worth $500 million to become the exclusive worldwide streamer for Seinfeld.
The exclusive 90-day theatrical window has become a line in the sand that theatrical exhibitors are unwilling to cross.
Netflix and Amazon, who were once touted as the saviors of the indie film market, are retreating from acquisitions to focus on producing more original films.
Apple TV+ subscription service will launch on November 1st for $4.99 a month. However, with only a handful of shows available, it will not frustrate the launch of Disney+ or challenge Netflix in a meaningful way.
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Buyers at TIFF are skittish after a 6% drop in North American box office receipts in 2019. Worse still, is the dire year indie films are having, where receipts have declined 45%.
In the first three months since becoming the new owner of Fox, Disney has publicly complained about Fox’s weak performance and believes there is more trouble on the horizon.
Netflix’s long-time streaming competitors Hulu and Amazon Prime Video are starting to capture more viewing marketshare.