Media

  • Netflix enters China via licensing deal with top video streaming service iQiyi

    Netflix enters China via licensing deal with top video streaming service iQiyi

    China has long eluded Netflix. The company officially gave up on its original plan to enter the country last October in favor of licensing deals, and now it has inked its first major deal to give its programming a presence on Chinese soil. Baidu’s iQiyi, a top video portal in China with nearly 500 million monthly viewers, has agreed to a deal that will see it show some Netflix… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report

    Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More

  • Netflix to raise $1 billion in foreign debt financing for content and more

    Netflix to raise $1 billion in foreign debt financing for content and more

    Netflix will raise a little over $1 billion (€1 billion) from “non-U.S. persons” via a new senior notes offering, the company said on Monday. The proceeds of the debt sale will be used to help with general capital expenditures, but also funding content acquisitions, investments, and transactions related to executing Netflix’s strategy. The raise was expected –… Read More

  • How to make Twitter profitable Crunch Network

    How to make Twitter profitable

    Twitter has evolved dramatically since its founding. What the founders fully envisioned we cannot know. Nonetheless, there is one thing we do know: Many business entities have millions of followers and communicate with these followers using Twitter. This is free advertising, no ifs, ands or buts. So, here’s a proposal to radically change the economics of Twitter. Read More

  • YouTube says it fixed the problem with Restricted Mode that was filtering LGBTQ+ content

    YouTube says it fixed the problem with Restricted Mode that was filtering LGBTQ+ content

    YouTube today claims to have fixed an issue with its service that was causing it to incorrectly filter content in “Restricted Mode” and hiding a large selection of LGBTQ+ videos as a result. The company had come under fire last month when it was discovered that users who turned on “Restricted Mode” were no longer able to see a number of innocuous videos referencing… Read More

  • Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels

    Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels

    On the heels of yesterday’s news about expanded subscription options for partners, video streaming site Twitch today announced another way for its creator community to generate revenue, with the launch of an Affiliate program. Explains the company, the new program will allow non-partnered video creators to gain access to a variety of tools that will allow them to make money from… Read More

  • New partnership makes Google Play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity

    New partnership makes Google Play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity

    Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and music service including on new Samsung phone and tablets worldwide, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The deal comes with an added bonus for Samsung users – they’ll be able to upload up to 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free. This… Read More

  • Netflix rival Iflix reveals its first original content series for emerging markets

    Netflix rival Iflix reveals its first original content series for emerging markets

    Fresh from raising $90 million from investors in March, Iflix, a Netflix-like service for emerging markets, has announced its first slate of original content. The Malaysia-headquartered business claims five million registered users across 10 countries — it recently branched out into Africa and the Middle East — for its service which costs around $3 per month. Beyond cheaper… Read More

  • Spotify strikes new deal with indy giant Merlin ‘competitive’ with big labels

    Spotify strikes new deal with indy giant Merlin ‘competitive’ with big labels

    Spotify — the streaming music company with 50 million paying users — has been working on renegotiating licensing deals with labels over the last several months — a critical move to improve its revenues and margins en route to going public — and today one of the big pieces of that process has fallen into place. The streaming music platform now has a new deal with… Read More

  • With revenue of $29.8 billion, Verizon’s first quarter earnings fall short of analyst expectations

    With revenue of $29.8 billion, Verizon’s first quarter earnings fall short of analyst expectations

    Verizon just released its first quarter earnings results, with adjusted earnings per share of 95 cents on revenue of $29.8 billion. Revenue (minus divestitures and acquisitions) is down 4.5 percent from the first quarter of 2016. The numbers also fall short of what analysts had been predicting: EPS of 96 cents per share on revenue of $30.5 billion. Verizon says there was a net decline… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Juicero Running Dry?

    Today’s Stories  Juicero users find that man trumps machine Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 Startups’ seed program
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  • Hulu’s live TV service to launch by mid-May, sources say

    Hulu’s live TV service to launch by mid-May, sources say

    Hulu has publicly said that its new live TV streaming service will launch sometime this spring, but the company is now telling staff internally that the launch date being targeted is the first week of May, sources tell TechCrunch. The launch will additionally coincide with the arrival of Hulu’s new user experience, shown off earlier this year at CES. However, we understand that… Read More

  • Twitch expands subscriptions with new $9.99 & $24.99 tiers for serious fans

    Twitch expands subscriptions with new $9.99 & $24.99 tiers for serious fans

    Confirming an earlier leak, the Amazon-owned live streaming service Twitch is today announcing an expanded lineup of subscription offerings, which introduces two new levels beyond the original $4.99 per month plan. Now, Twitch’s partnered content creators can offer $9.99 and $24.99 subscriptions that will give viewers additional ways to support their favorite creators. The new… Read More

  • Media company Axel Springer takes a stake in Uber

    Media company Axel Springer takes a stake in Uber

    Uber has a new shareholder very different from its usual institutional backers: Axel Springer, the German media company that owns Business Insider, and Germany’s largest newspaper Bild, among other publications. Neither Uber nor the media giant are getting specific about how much money was invested, or exactly when, but Axel Springer did clarify to German tech news site t3n.de (via… Read More

  • Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide

    Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide

    Hot on the heels of Pandora’s public launch of its on-demand streaming service, Pandora Premium, rival Spotify is looking to make its service more appealing to younger users by rolling out discounted student pricing to more countries around the world. The company announced today that its roughly half-priced version of its Premium service is now available to students who qualify in 33… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Facebook Launches Camera Effects Platform

    Today’s Stories  Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything Steve Ballmer’s new project sheds light on U.S. Government spending Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed
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  • Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    In the battle to lure artists to its platform, Spotify has used exclusives, free advertising, the promise of more listeners, and open access to data artists care about, like number of fans and listens. On that latter front, Spotify released a data dashboard called Fan Insights in late 2015, allowing artists to see how well their music is performing on the service. Today, Spotify is taking the… Read More

  • Videos are getting a bigger role on Flipboard

    Videos are getting a bigger role on Flipboard

    Flipboard is following the launch of its “smart magazines” by boosting the role of videos. It’s not that videos were totally absent from the news app before this, but they usually showed up as an accompaniment to articles — not exactly prominent placement when compared to the beautiful treatment that Flipboard would often give photos. Now, CEO Mike McCue said videos… Read More

  • Bon Appétit unveils its first cover shot on an iPhone

    Bon Appétit unveils its first cover shot on an iPhone

    We know smartphone cameras have become good enough for casual photographers, but what about the pros? Well, magazines like Billboard and Condé Nast Traveler have recently published covers that were photographed on an iPhone, and now Bon Appétit is joining their ranks. This is basically the final step in bringing smartphone photography into the Condé Nast-owned food magazine. After all… Read More

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