Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Netflix among PS5 media partners
November this year is New Consoles Month, with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S plus Sony's PlayStation 5 making their debuts. While games are the focus, music and video streaming will also be part of the packages. Sony revealed...
October 23, 2020
Netflix growth slows but 200m subscribers milestone is in sight
Netflix warned investors that its subscriber growth was going to slow in the second half of this year, and it has. The video streaming service added 2.2 million net new paid subscribers in the third quarter, taking it to...
October 21, 2020
Spotify could face an Apple-style payments fight with Google
With recent app store controversies involving Spotify and Epic Games, the focus has been squarely on Apple and its App Store, even though the Fortnite publisher also has issues with Google and its Google Play store. Spotify's...
September 29, 2020
Netflix offering limited content for free (but not on iOS)
Netflix has often been held up as an example of a streaming platform that is able to do a few things music streaming apps can’t do: increase prices without alienating audiences, create popular original content – and...
September 1, 2020
Netflix share price drops after cautious growth forecasts
Netflix added 10.1 million paying subscribers last quarter, up from 2.7 million in Q2 last year, according to its latest financial results. So far in 2020 it has added 26 million 'paid memberships', nearly as many as the...
July 17, 2020
Netflix is encouraging inactive users to cancel subscriptions
Customers paying their subscription even though they're not using your service? The stuff of dreams, so you'd think (well, you would if you owned a gym, for example). In a world where streaming services have to keep a...
May 22, 2020
Netflix added 15.8m paying subscribers in first quarter of 2020
We’re still waiting to find out what effect the Covid-19 pandemic is having on music streaming subscriptions. All eyes on Spotify’s Q1 financials next week for that. But Netflix’s first-quarter figures were published...
April 22, 2020
Netflix reduces streaming quality in Europe to save bandwidth
Netflix is making some changes to the way its service runs in Europe, in response to a request from the European Union’s internal market commissioner Thierry Breton. He asked the video streaming service what it could...
March 20, 2020
Netflix opens up its data (a bit) with new Top 10 lists
Getting viewing figures for shows on Netflix has historically been difficult: even for the producers of those shows. Recently, the video streaming service has given out some stats for its original shows: in its first four...
February 25, 2020
Netflix revenues topped $20bn in 2019 after ‘strong finish’ to year
Netflix published its latest quarterly financial results yesterday, including its full-year figures for 2019. In that year, the company’s revenues reached $20.16bn, with its Q4 total of $5.47bn representing 30.6% growth...
January 22, 2020
Netflix to distribute TV series based on ‘Spotify Untold’ book
Earlier this year, we reported on the publication of a book, ‘Spotify Inifrån’ (‘Spotify Untold‘), which claimed to tell the inside story of Spotify’s rise. Then, in August we reported on the news that TV production...
December 12, 2019
Spotify and Netflix team up for Christmas-music playlists
The notion of ‘exclusive Christmas playlists’ may seem a bit strange: with a relatively-small pool of tracks to choose from in the grand scheme of things, unless you’re commissioning original tracks Amazon-style, differentiation...
November 19, 2019