Media

  • Apple Music’s Strategy Is No-Paywall Premieres, Not Exclusives

    Apple Music’s Strategy Is No-Paywall Premieres, Not Exclusives

    The idea of Apple Music struck fear in the hearts of listeners like me. The company had enough money to buy exclusives that could fracture and balkanize the world’s music catalog. The problem with exclusives on services like Tidal or Spotify is that only the tiny percentage of people who pay for their subscriptions can hear these songs when they want. It could have been the same… Read More

  • Verizon Will Resell HBO NOW To Broadband Customers And Its Mobile Video Service Subscribers

    Verizon Will Resell HBO NOW To Broadband Customers And Its Mobile Video Service Subscribers

    HBO today announced its second deal with a pay TV provider, in this case Verizon*, to make its over-the-top streaming service HBO NOW available to broadband customers who don’t have a cable TV subscription. In addition, the terms of the deal also reference making HBO NOW available to Verizon’s other “digital platforms,” including its upcoming mobile video platform… Read More

  • Google Not Playing Nice With Apple Music Yet

    Google Not Playing Nice With Apple Music Yet

    If you want to stream your music instead of buy tracks, there are more options than you can shake a stick at. You’ve got Spotify, Rdio, XBox Music (Microsoft), Amazon, Apple Music and Google Play just to name a few. One of the players, Google, which happens to have the world’s biggest search engine, has chosen to only recognize a few of them. Read More

  • Asia-Based Tech Blog E27 Raises $650,000 Ahead Of Larger Round

    Asia-Based Tech Blog E27 Raises $650,000 Ahead Of Larger Round

    This year is shaping up to be an interesting one for tech media in Asia. Singapore-based E27 is latest technology-focused blog from the region to raise funding, after it closed a $650,000 bridge round ahead of a planned larger raise before the end of 2015. Read More

  • Yahoo Quietly Acquired Germany’s Media Group One For $23M In Q1

    Yahoo Quietly Acquired Germany’s Media Group One For $23M In Q1

    Yahoo’s well-worn acquisition trail to bring tech and talent back into the Internet company has been one of the more notable hallmarks of life under CEO Marissa Mayer. And while M&A appears to have slowed down significantly in 2015, it’s not stopped altogether: Yahoo quietly made an acquisition in Europe earlier this year to build out its advertising business in the region… Read More

  • Japan’s Nikkei Buys The Financial Times Group From Pearson For $1.3B

    Japan’s Nikkei Buys The Financial Times Group From Pearson For $1.3B

    Some more M&A afoot in the media industry. Pearson has sold the Financial Times Group to Japan’s Nikkei Inc for £844 million ($1.3 billion) in cash. The news comes after a morning of fervent speculation that the Financial Times was on the block, with some speculating that Axel Springer would be the buyer. In addition to the iconic pink newspaper, the group includes the FT.com… Read More

  • Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious Says Its Video Apps Have Gotten 250M Views

    Victorious, a startup building mobile apps where YouTube stars can interact with their “superfans,” says the strategy seems to be paying off. Specifically, since the first apps launched in April, they’ve seen a total of 250 million views and 300 million engagements, with fans creating 1 million pieces of user-generated content. Read More

  • Netflix Upgrades Its TV Apps To Save You A Few Clicks

    Netflix Upgrades Its TV Apps To Save You A Few Clicks

    Netflix announced today that it’s now rolling out its first major update to its TV applications since late 2013. Unlike last month’s upgrade to the Netflix website, however, the TV app experience isn’t really getting a significant overall, but rather just a small tweak. Now, when you select a title you want to watch, it will immediately resume or start playing while… Read More

  • Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Stream It Like Beckham: Global Star Backs Periscope/Meerkat Rival MyEye

    Since live streaming from mobile phones came roaring back in the era of social media, major celebrities have been courted by platforms like Meerkat and Periscope for their crowd pulling power. Now another one of those stars is putting his money where his mouth is. David Beckham, the well known athlete and megabrand, has become a founding investor in a new British startup which plans to take… Read More

  • “Millions and Millions” Are Already Using Apple Music

    “Millions and Millions” Are Already Using Apple Music

    Less than a month after the launch of streaming service Apple Music, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that “Millions and millions of customers are already experiencing Apple Music and the number is growing substantially every day” as part of today’s poorly-received Q3 earnings report. The question will be how many users continue to pay once their free trials expire and… Read More

  • Byline Wants To Crowdfund Media Pluralism

    Byline Wants To Crowdfund Media Pluralism

    “Journalism is clearly in big trouble. The business of the news media. And we think we have a model that has potential and could really help certain forms of journalism — niche topics, local journalism, investigative journalism, impassioned campaign-type journalism, war reporting perhaps even,” says Tudor, laying out the Byline pitch, after I ask whether it’s building… Read More

  • NASA Snaps The Mother Of All Earth Selfies

    NASA Snaps The Mother Of All Earth Selfies

    NASA has been doing some really amazing stuff lately, including in-depth and vivid photography (in case you missed it, check out its recent Pluto fly-by). This particular photo, which I feel like is the mother of all Earth photos, was taken from its DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) Satellite from over a million miles away. The entire sunlit side of the Earth and it’s… Read More

  • Spotify’s Latest Trick Is A Personalized News Feed-Style “Discover Weekly” Playlist

    Spotify’s Latest Trick Is A Personalized News Feed-Style “Discover Weekly” Playlist

    Knowing what to play next is the biggest problem with streaming music services, but most solve discovery with clunky, unfamiliar blog-style tabs you’re supposed to browse. Listeners are accustomed to playlists, so Spotify’s latest attempt to unlock its catalog is an algorithmically personalized playlist called “Discover Weekly”. Users will start seeing it soon, and you… Read More

  • People Watch More YouTube Than Ever Before – Especially On Their Phones

    People Watch More YouTube Than Ever Before – Especially On Their Phones

    YouTube is bigger than cable TV. Well, to be more precise, it’s bigger than any single U.S. cable network among the key demographic that includes those ages 18 to 49 – or so said Google during yesterday’s earnings call. The video-sharing network’s heavily engaged user base and its traction with mobile consumers were among the highlights discussed during the… Read More

  • Afrostream Is Netflix For African And African-American Movies

    Afrostream Is Netflix For African And African-American Movies

    Streaming services like Netflix are great, but you often end up watching the same blockbuster movies showing how a white man will save the world. Meet Afrostream, a niche movie streaming service that features African and African-American content. Launching in September, this startup may have found a great underserved segment. Read More

  • Report: Hulu Considers Offering A Pricier, Ad-Free Tier

    Report: Hulu Considers Offering A Pricier, Ad-Free Tier

    Hulu is considering an ad-free version of its streaming service, according to a new report from The Wall St. Journal on Thursday. The service could launch as early as this fall, and would be priced around $12 to $14 per month – higher than Hulu’s ad-supported service today, which is $7.99 per month. At this price point, the service would not likely see a large number of… Read More

  • Netflix Hits Record High — Again

    Netflix Hits Record High — Again

    Holy shit, Netflix. After reporting strong subscription growth and better-than-expected second-quarter profit, Netflix went on a tear today, spiking around 18 percent in regular trading. The company is also up after hours. Read More

  • The Apple Watch Is Now A Hulu Remote Control

    The Apple Watch Is Now A Hulu Remote Control

    A number of mobile app publishers are still trying to figure out their strategies related to Apple’s first wearable device, the Apple Watch. While many opt for background apps that push relevant information when needed, Hulu’s entry into the Apple Watch space instead sees the company turning the Apple Watch into a remote control that lets you control video playback across a number… Read More

  • Peter Rojas Leaving Aol Alpha For betaworks

    Peter Rojas Leaving Aol Alpha For betaworks

    With Gizmodo, Peter Rojas set a state for talking about technology and gadgets like human beings. That would be a nice feat once, but he did it again with Engadget, Joystiq and gdgt. Now, he’s leaving Verizaol* for an entrepreneur-in-residence position at startup birthing matrix and investment firm betaworks. Read More

  • Flipagram Raises $70M, Scores Record Label Deals Thanks To 30M+ Music Hungry Users

    Flipagram Raises $70M, Scores Record Label Deals Thanks To 30M+ Music Hungry Users

    It’s a mix of Instagram and YouTube…maybe a bit of an old-school RockYou component. No matter how you look at it, Flipagram has seen enormous growth and is a mobile juggernaut. Today, the company has formally announced that it has raised a $70 million B round of funding led by Sequoia and including Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures. Read More

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