Analysts: Home Entertainment ‘Virus’ Bump Could Be Short-Lived

March 18, 2020

With studios shuttered and live sports on indefinite suspension due to the threat of the coronavirus, home entertainment options ranging from broadcast and pay-TV, transactional VOD, DVD and streaming video are projected to see at least short-term bumps in viewership and revenue during the “social distancing” period, according to media analysts. Nielsen reports “TV usage” in South Korea, Italy and the United States increased double digits during the initial weeks of the virus. Nielsen’s classification includes broadcast/pay-TV, VOD, AVOD, SVOD and the DVR.

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Obsidian Entertainment, based in Irvine, California, is one of the world's leading developers of role-playing games. Obsidian's past titles include Pillars of Eternity, Armored Warfare, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeon Siege 3, Alpha Protocol, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2. Obsidian also has other unannounced projects in the works.

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The crowd still matters for live sports broadcasting

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