Report claims Facebook IS planning a music videos push
We reported yesterday on Facebook’s new scheme for monetising native videos and sharing 55% of the income with their publishers – and speculated that this was tied in with separate reports of some kind of new move into...
July 3, 2015
Baboom partners with Fuel TV
To date, the most interesting thing about Baboom has been the convoluted happenings behind the scenes. It was set up at the end of 2013 by Kim Dotcom as his first big direct play in music (as Megaupload/Mega were about all...
June 29, 2015
Snapchat debuts 3V native video ads
Earlier this month, Snapchat brokered a deal with Live Nation to use content from its festivals and shows as part of its Live Stories features. Now it has added native video ads as a monetisation route and it is called 3V...
June 26, 2015
Why did the Psy Crossy the Road?
For some incredible #gamificaion #content, of course. Yes, invisible equestrian enthusiast Psy is the latest character in the Crossy Road game. (For slightly older readers it’s basically like Frogger.) You can buy an avatar...
June 26, 2015
Shazam adds visual recognition features through Digimarc deal
Shazam has built its business based on audio recognition – initially of music, and subsequently TV shows and ads. Now it’s expanding into visual recognition through a deal with digital watermarking firm Digimarc. The...
May 29, 2015
Yahoo renews Live Nation deal and picks up Ultimate DJ show
Music remains a key plank in Yahoo’s online video expansion plans, with the company renewing its partnership with Live Nation to broadcast video streams of concerts, and also picking up Simon Cowell’s Ultimate DJ talent...
April 28, 2015
Twitter reportedly considering live-streaming video acquisition
Twitter may be about to buy a startup that helps its users stream live video from their phones – but it’s not the hotly-tipped Meerkat app that launched this month. TechCrunch claims that Twitter is in “early” talks...
March 5, 2015
Aspiro minority shareholders protest about Jay-Z acquisition
The purchase of WiMP and Tidal’s parent company Aspiro by Jay-Z’s Project Panther looks a done deal, given that it’s already been approved by the company’s board and major shareholders. However, minority shareholders...
February 26, 2015
CÜR Music strikes MediaNet deal for hybrid streaming service
CÜR Music, the streaming service founded by industry veterans Tom Brophy, John Lack and Bob Jamieson, has signed a deal with B2B firm Medianet to provide its licensed music catalogue. CÜR Music is being pitched as “the...
February 16, 2015
Tesco tipped to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera
Tesco has just sold its Blinkbox Movies service to British ISP TalkTalk, but it seems its Blinkbox Music service may also be finding a friendly buyer: Australian digital music firm Guvera. The Financial Times reported yesterday...
January 20, 2015
Facebook prepared its next video moves
The growth of native video on Facebook was one of 2014’s more interesting trends bubbling away, even if it wasn’t until the end of the year that people started talking about rocketing views for videos uploaded directly...
January 6, 2015
Alibaba tipped to invest $90m in K-Pop firm SM Entertainment
Here’s an interesting deal in the making: Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba is reportedly planning to invest at least $90m in a stake in South Korean music firm SM Entertainment. The latter is one of the top K-Pop stables,...
November 30, 2014