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
Netflix launches its first fictional podcast… with Spotify
We all know about Netflix’s business making original TV shows and films, but the company is also exploring the podcasts world. The latest example is a show called ‘The Only Podcast Left’, which Variety notes is Netflix’s...
November 1, 2019
Netflix sees ‘modest headwind’ created by new streaming rivals
Shares in video-streaming service Netflix rose last night, after the company announced its latest financial results. This, despite actually missing one of its key targets for the third quarter of 2019. “In Q3, we grew to...
October 17, 2019
Survey suggests US teenagers prefer YouTube to Netflix
Young people like YouTube? Who knew?! But according to a new survey conducted by US investment firm Piper Jaffray, the fact that American teenagers prefer YouTube to Netflix is newsworthy. The study found that 37% of teenagers...
October 9, 2019
Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’ talent show to debut on 9 October
Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. are the featured artists in Netflix’s new music show: but they’ll be judging others rather than performing themselves. They’re the three judges for ‘Rhythm + Flow’, which is a...
September 2, 2019
Sandbox Issue 234: The New Era Of Music Videos
Lead: In the 1970s, “pop promos” (as they were called) were the preserve of the mega-star act, but after the launch of MTV in 1981 they became standard practice across the industry. The arrival of YouTube in 2005 may...
August 8, 2019
M2V: music video finds its new future
Debate surrounds what the first music video actually was, but by the 1970s these “pop promos” had become the playthings of the biggest acts in the world while by the 1980s, after the arrival of MTV, they were the biggest...
August 8, 2019
Kid Cudi to get ‘Entergalactic’ animated Netflix series
In June this year, Netflix got the exclusive on a short film called ‘Anima’, a collaboration between director Paul Thomas Anderson and musician Thom Yorke, released alongside the latter’s new album of the same name....
July 23, 2019
Netflix stock falls after subscriber growth misses expectations
Netflix added 2.7 million paying subscribers in the second quarter of this year; saw its revenues grow by 26% year-on-year to $4.92bn; and generated a net profit for Q2 of $271m. So casual observers may be wondering why...
July 18, 2019
Sandbox issue 231: Conversions. Tracking Cause and Effect in fan marketing
Lead: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half,” is a quote commonly attributed to Philadelphian retailer John Wanamaker in the 1800s and it has haunted the advertising...
July 1, 2019