The folks at Video Business are sharing a report from Rentrak that states: “U.S. viewings of video-on-demand programming surged in June as more people watched pay-per-view content and more children took advantage of free programming in time for the summer.” VOD transactions jumped 15% according to the report.
Netflix has announced a strong Q2, thanks in large part to its popular streaming option. CEO Reed Hastings: “We don’t have all the [streaming] content we have on DVD. Our subscribers want streaming-only, but with a lot of content, so for now, they’re happy with the mail/streaming hybrid.” We’ll have some Cinetic news about that soon.
The first day of Comic-Con was the big day of 3-D, with presentations on Avatar, Alice In Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Tron Legacy, and more. Twitter chatter about the highly-anticipated Avatar presentation has the conclusion at mixed-positive based on the huge expectations (one comment described it as “not a slam-dunk”). Quint from AICN wrote: “The footage was good, layered, incredibly detailed and full of imagination and incredible imagery, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s the next quantum leap forward in filmmaking. However there’s no doubt Cameron’s pushing the limits.”