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After Netflix’s tough quarter, Disney+ gains 7.9M more subscribers to reach 138M total

The Walt Disney Company reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter ended April 2, 2022, announcing a 7.9 million increase of subscribers for Disney+, which brings the total to 137.9 million subs.

YouTube Shorts gains a TikTok-like ‘Green Screen’ feature

YouTube is expanding on its latest feature that made any public YouTube video potential fodder for its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts. Today, the company is announcing the launch of “Green Sc

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment acquires Redbox for $375M to accelerate its streaming business

Crackle owner Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, an ad-supported video-on-demand streaming company, acquired Redbox Entertainment, the operator of 38,000 DVD rental kiosks, for $375 million, com

YouTube TV brings more Spanish-language programming with new Spanish Plan & Spanish Plus add-on

As promised back in September 2021, YouTube TV has added two Spanish-language options: the Spanish Plan and the add-on, Spanish Plus. While the two new options sound similar, there are some key differ

Discovery+ becomes The Roku Channel Premium Subscription’s first ad-supported plan offering

Roku and Warner Bros. Discovery announced today that discovery+ has launched as a Premium Subscription on The Roku Channel. Discovery+ will add its 70,000 episodes of network shows along with over 200

Netflix could introduce its ad-supported plan as soon as this year

After years of denying the possibility of advertising on the streaming platform, Netflix is wasting no time getting the ball rolling on its lower-priced ad-supported tier, which could appear on the pl

US podcast ad revenue to reach $2 billion in 2022 and top $4 billion by 2024, study says

In the last year or so, the podcast advertising industry has turned a corner. According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC’s 2021 U.S. Podcast Advertising Revenue Study, the next tw

ESPN+ debuts ‘McEnroe vs. McEnroe’ the first-ever tennis match between a real person and their virtual avatar

Premiering on ESPN+, Michelob Ultra, in collaboration with tech and production company Unit 9, presents “McEnroe vs. McEnroe,” the world’s first tennis match to feature a real person versus a vi

Daniel Ek pumps $50 million into Spotify: ‘I believe our best days are ahead’

Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek said on Friday that he’s pouring $50 million into the music streaming service, driving its stock price up by more than 3% to a high of $108.98 per share during regul

IMDb launches new interactive gaming app ‘What to Watch’ on Amazon Fire TV

Searching for something to watch can often feel like a chore. Today, IMDb will launch a free IMDb What to Watch app for Fire TV, exclusively to users in the U.S., that gives customized movie and TV se

For Star Wars Day, Disney+ releases a new ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ trailer

Star War nerds will be happy to know that Disney+ just released its brand-new trailer for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” to kick off Star Wars Day (aka May the Fourth). The six-episode, highly anticipat

Roku snags Martha Stewart, Emeril and others for its original programming push

It is the second day of NewFronts, and the announcements continue. Roku today said it will extend its content library in hopes to target audiences who are fans of lifestyle, cooking, home renovation a

Deal-flow newsletters surface gold nuggets for investors

Why do investors want deal-flow newsletters? And what's in it for newsletter creators and the startups they feature? Let's explore.

Deal-flow newsletter PreSeed Now to introduce future UK crown jewels to investors

Launching today, deal-flow newsletter PreSeed Now will present early-stage startups from around the U.K. to investors twice a week, with one in-depth profile per issue.

Paramount+ reaches nearly 40M subscribers, will expand to the UK, South Korea and India

Paramount Global, formerly ViacomCBS, reported an overall total of 62.4 million global subscribers across its suite of streaming services, with Paramount+ alone adding 6.8 million total subscribers in

Amazon Freevee increases its slate of originals, establishes itself as a competitor to watch

During the Amazon NewFronts, Freevee (formerly IMDb TV) announced an increased slate of original programs and FAST (free ad-supported streaming TV) offerings, along with a short-term film licensing a

Tubi reports record growth, expands original content and linear channel offerings

Tubi, a division of Fox Entertainment, highlighted its growth in streaming over the past year as well as its increase in original content and entertainment FAST (free ad-supported streaming TV) channe

Spotify becomes first music streamer to launch on Roblox

Spotify announced today it will become the first music streaming brand to have an official presence within Roblox, with the launch of “Spotify Island,” a place where artists and fans will

Peacock looks to original movies, a Lionsgate partnership, and new ad formats to compete on streaming

In today’s IAB Newfront presentation, Peacock announced its first step into original films, a deal with Lionsgate, next-day streaming of shows on Bravo, expansion of established franchises, amon

Streaming ad spend grew 57% in 2021 reaching $15.2B, market to more than double from 2020 to 2022

Ahead of the start of the 2022 IAB NewFronts, where media and entertainment companies pitch their upcoming offerings to advertisers, the industry group behind the multi-day show released its annual re
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