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Organization, Nature of Operations, and Principles of Consolidation

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Organization, Nature of Operations, and Principles of Consolidation
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Organization, Nature of Operations, and Principles of Consolidation

1. Organization, Nature of Operations, and Principles of Consolidation

Gaia, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of the State of Colorado in 1988 and operates a global digital video subscription service and on-line community that caters to a unique and underserved subscriber base. Our digital content library consists of approximately 8,000 English language titles as well as a growing selection of titles available in Spanish, German or French. Our subscribers have unlimited access to a vast library of inspiring films, cutting edge documentaries, interviews, yoga classes, transformation related content, and more – 90% of which is exclusively available to our subscribers for digital streaming on most internet-connected devices anytime, anywhere, commercial-free.

Our mission is to create a transformational network that empowers a global conscious community. Content on our network is currently curated into four channels: Yoga, Transformation, Alternative Healing, and Seeking Truth, and delivered directly to our subscribers through our streaming platform. We expand programming for these channels primarily by producing content in our in-house production studios with a staff of media professionals. Content produced for and owned by us currently represents about 80% of total viewership. In addition, we complement our produced and owned content through long term, predominately exclusive, licensing agreements.

We have prepared the accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) and they include our accounts and those of our subsidiaries. Intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods disclosed in this report are not necessarily indicative of future financial results.

There have been no material changes in our significant accounting policies, other than the adoption of accounting pronouncements below, as compared to the significant accounting policies described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Use of Estimates and Reclassifications

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the accompanying financial statements and disclosures. Although we base these estimates on our best knowledge of current events and actions that we may undertake in the future, actual results may be different from the estimates. We have made certain reclassifications to prior period amounts to conform to the current period presentations.

Recently Adopted Accounting Policies

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The new standard establishes a right-of-use (ROU) model that requires a lessee to record a ROU asset and a lease liability on the balance sheet for all leases with terms longer than 12 months. Leases must be classified as either finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern of expense recognition in the income statement. The new standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The new standard did not have a material impact on our reported financial position or results of operations in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

Recently Issued Accounting Policies

In March 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-02, Improvements to Accounting for Costs of Films and License Agreements for Program Materials, in order to align the accounting for production costs of an episodic television series with the accounting for production costs of films by removing the content distinction for capitalization. ASU 2019-02 also requires reassessing estimates of the use of a film in a film group and accounting for any changes prospectively. In addition, ASU 2019-02 requires testing films and program material license agreements for impairment at a film group level when the films or license agreements are predominantly monetized with other films and license agreements. ASU 2019-02 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019 and early adoption is permitted. We are evaluating the impact on our reported financial position and results of operations, but do not believe it will have a material impact on either.

Discontinued Operations

In the first quarter of 2019, we reclassified our legacy DVD subscription club as a discontinued operation and have presented the related operations in discontinued operations on the accompanying statement of operations. There were no assets or liabilities associated with this club in the condensed consolidated balance sheets.