Movie theater ticket sales declined (again) in 2014

U.S. movie box office revenue and ticket sales 1990-2014

Variety notes: “It was a punishing year for the movie business. The total box office slipped 5.2% from 2013’s record-breaking numbers, falling to $10.35 billion. Attendance figures were even worse. Roughly 1.26 billion consumers purchased tickets, representing a two-decade low.”

Top premium entertainment channels on U.S. television

As of YE 2013 unless otherwise noted

Video service Paid US Subs
Netflix 33,400,000

(Q4-13, SNL Kagan via Variety)
HBO 29,000,000 (Q3-2013, SNL Kagan via Variety)
Cinemax 13,600,000 (Q3-2013, SNL Kagan via Variety)
Showtime 23,000,000
Starz 22,000,000
Encore 41,700,000
EPIX 9,500,000 (2011)

TV on demand takes the chill out of February

cabin fever on demand tvThe cure for cabin fever this frigid February, in households blessed with cable and/or high-speed internet, is not a prescription but a subscription: to the bounty of fine distractions dispensed via television on demand. This golden age of Netflix and cable on-demand lets you zap the winter chill with a few button presses or finger pokes to summon the next episode of “House of Cards” or “True Detectives,” to name only my favorites.

David Carr [], who notes that a sudden abundance of quality programming has elevated the status of TV-watching even for people who used to prefer a book, magazine or movie, complains that he can barely keep up with all the excellent TV choices.

And happily, there’s more to come. In an overview of the future of tv [] Zachary Seward traces how internet TV models are at last evolving to offer easier interfaces and personalized choices. Cabin fever? Give me more.