Showbiz Sandbox 244: Hollywood Faces An Epic Struggle Over the Future of Entertainment Distribution

July 29, 2014


Whether it’s movies streaming online before they premiere in theaters, the never-ending retransmission dispute between television networks and cable companies or the dwindling number of book retailers, how media companies are distributing their content has never been more in flux.

The Weinstein Company released their critically acclaimed release “Snowpiercer” on VOD just two weeks after the film opened in cinemas. Then they agreed to let “One Chance”, a biopic of talent show winner Paul Potts, stream free on Yahoo! ten days before the movie opens in the United States.

Meanwhile, rather than sell you books, Amazon is hoping you’ll be willing to pay a monthly fee for their new e-book subscription service. The only problem is the service’s limited selection (not to mention the company’s inability to make a profit), making us wonder whether such a business model is viable.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including how Weird Al Yankovic’s album wound up at the top of the sales charts, the Emmy’s snub broadcast networks and Garth Brooks comes out of retirement.


‘Snowpiercer,’ VOD and the Future of Film Distribution

The Weinstein Co. to Debut ‘One Chance’ on Yahoo Before It Hits Theaters

NATO Responds to Weinstein’s Yahoo Preem: ‘A Strong Window Serves Both Ends of the Market’

Box-Office Slump: Hollywood Facing Worst Summer in Eight Years

Why ‘Apes’ Won’t Be Enough to Turn Around the Summer Box Office

Europe, Latin America Look for Box-Office Rebound After World Cup (Analysis)

Marvel Studios Dates Five Untitled Movies Through 2019

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Release Set for July 28, 2017

Marvel Snaps Up Old ‘Spider-Man 4’ Date, Likely for ‘Avengers 3’

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Set for Summer 2017

Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Confirms He’s Making ‘The Hateful Eight’

A Ridiculous Rule Is Allowing ‘True Detective’ To Go Up Against ‘Breaking Bad’ At The Emmys

Tim Goodman on Emmy Nominations: Academy Needs to Adapt After Atrocious Snubs

Emmy Nominations: The Complete List

Emmys Make History With First Transgender Acting Nominee

Netflix Passes 50 Million Subscribers

FX Tweaks Ratings Model by Delaying ‘The Strain’ Numbers

TV Ad Sales Fall Short of Target

Mid-Year Music Update: Streaming Is King as Downloads Fade Away

Amazon’s Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Amazon Defies France With 1 Centime Deliveries

Amazon Makes Kindle Unlimited Official

Kindle Unlimited’s Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens

HarperCollins Pivots to Sell Print and Ebooks Directly to Readers Through Main Website

Weird Al Yankovic Scores With ‘Mandatory Fun’

Rosie O’Donnell Returning as ‘View’ Co-Host

London Return of Cats Will Get Rap Update

‘L.A. Plays Itself’ Is Finally Coming to Home Video. Here’s How.

Garth Brooks Confirms New Album, World Tour

Are Mariah’s, J.Lo’s Albums Dead In The Water?

CBS Inks Rich Netflix Deal for James Patterson Drama ‘Zoo’

Sony’s Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit

Golden Globes Players Settle Long-Running Legal War

Murdoch Puts Time Warner on His Wish List

Time Warner Adopts Provision That Makes Hostile Takeover Tougher

How the FCC Could Weigh In On a 21st Century Fox-Time Warner Deal

To Help Mount Giant Time Warner Bid, Murdoch Calls On European Outposts

Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB to Merge with German and Italian Sister Companies to Create Pay-TV Giant

Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90

James Shigeta, Top Asian-American Actor of Early ’60s and ‘Die Hard’ Co-Star, Dies at 81

Tom Rolf, Oscar-Winning Editor of ‘The Right Stuff,’ Dies at 82

‘Rockford Files’ Star James Garner Dies at 86

Charlie Haden, Legendary Jazz Bassist, Dies at 76