Tag: online video

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Hookd launches music-licensing service for YouTube creators

In January this year, we spotted a new British startup called Hookd that was planning to offer “the world’s first pre-cleared, commercial music licensing solution for online video creators”. Today, Hookd is launching...
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Spotify teams up with Hulu for $4.99 student bundle

For some time, Music Ally has been predicting a future where the big tech firms bundle music and video into unified subscriptions: something Apple, Amazon and Google certainly have the constituent parts for already, if not...
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Facebook ‘respects the value of artists’ – so it should pay them

Facebook’s VP EMEA Nicola Mendelsohn delivered the guest keynote at British industry body the BPI’s annual general meeting yesterday. Awkward timing, given this month’s speculation about Facebook waving ‘hundreds...
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Spotify hires former Maker Studios exec Courtney Holt

Spotify’s original-content boss Tom Calderone may be leaving the streaming service, but his replacement is already lined up: and he’s a familiar face for the music industry. Courtney Holt is joining Spotify from Disney,...
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YouTube’s Robert Kyncl: ‘The music industry has won the war’

No, not the war of words over whether ‘safe harbour’ laws should be reformed to give YouTube less of an advantage at the music-rights licensing table. That skirmish is going to run and run. The war that YouTube’s...
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Spotify originals boss Tom Calderone is leaving the company

We’ve written a lot about ‘original content’ on music-streaming services in the past year or two: from video shows on Spotify to documentaries commissioned for Apple Music to podcasts on Spotify and Deezer to… There’s...
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YouTube rolls out its redesign including more discovery

YouTube has rolled out a redesign of its mobile app and desktop website, with better discovery features part of the mix. The app now shows a row of ‘suggested videos’ while people are watching in full-screen mode,...
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BE-AT.tv boss talks livestreams, big-tech platforms and ‘exploding’ Mexico

BE-AT.tv was founded in 2008 as a livestreaming website specialising in electronic music. Since then, it has seen a number of competitors emerge, as well as watched various business models come and go. Through it all,...
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Fender on its music-learning move: ‘We’re not Guitar Hero’

“This fundamentally changes the nature of how we talk to beginner guitar players. We’ve always sold them guitars and amps, but we’ve never been part of the learning process other than ‘here’s the instrument’....
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Facebook launches its ‘Watch’ platform for TV-style shows

Its plans have been regularly leaked in recent months, but Facebook has now officially announced its ‘Watch’ platform for TV-style shows on its network. “Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop,...
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Neil Finn talks livestreams, tech and social media’s evolution

As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter. As well as being hugely prolific, he was an early convert to the...
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Disney pulling out of Netflix to launch own video service

The differences between the video and music-streaming worlds have been highlighted again, with the news that Disney is pulling its content from Netflix at the end of 2018. Why? Because the company is planning to launch...