Oculus VR makes media moves with Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and more
Yesterday saw the developer conference for Facebook’s Oculus VR subsidiary, showing off its latest plans for virtual-reality hardware – and content. In fact, the latter generated the big news of the day, as Oculus announced...
September 25, 2015
Netflix loses Epix films – is this a glimpse at streaming music’s future?
Netflix’s content boss Ted Sarandos has been updating viewers about the streaming video service’s catalogue, in a blog post. “We have decided not to renew our agreement in the US with Epix, the cable network, which...
September 1, 2015
Former MySpace head on why Spotify needs to be more like Netflix
Jason Hirschhorn (former co-president of MySpace and now CEO of REDEF) has been writing about 15 years of decline in the record industry and how the business can be rebuilt. The meat of the piece is where he gets into streaming...
July 27, 2015
Netflix now has 65.6m subscribers globally
Netflix announced its latest financial results yesterday, reporting that its subscriber total has grown to 65.6 million people, having added 3.3 million in the second quarter of 2015 alone. Netflix’s revenues for Q2 were...
July 16, 2015
Spotify’s new CFO helped take Netflix and Pandora public
What to do after helping a high-profile subscription-based entertainment service go public? If you’re Barry McCarthy, you join another high-profile subscription-based entertainment service that’s on a path to an IPO....
June 18, 2015
Björk sees streaming as ‘insane’ but hints at windowing plans
Björk is the latest prominent holdout from Spotify with her new album Vulnicura. “We’re all making it up as it goes, to be honest. I would like to say there’s some master plan going on, but there isn’t. But a few...
February 27, 2015
Amazon set to launch ad-supported streaming video service
Amazon’s streaming music and video services currently fall under its Prime membership: people who pay $99-a-year for free shipping also get digital content as part of that subscription. Now it seems Amazon is planning to...
November 30, 2014
Simon Cowell: ‘iTunes is setting the way for younger record buyers’
When Syco Entertainment boss Simon Cowell keynoted at the MIPCOM conference this week, there was a quick reference to smartphones’ potential for music. He’s since expanded on that in an interview. “What...
October 17, 2014
Hollywood’s future? ‘Continuous storytelling factories’
There’s no music angle in The Hollywood Reporter’s piece on the future for movie studios, but it’s really interesting as an insight into digital disruption in another creative industry. The piece focuses...
September 6, 2014
BuzzFeed raises $50m in new funding
Expect plenty of ’27 reasons why BuzzFeed is worth $850m’ headline tomfoolery today, after the social news juggernaut announced a new $50m funding round. The round – yes, it values the company at $850m – came...
August 18, 2014
Netflix is about to pass 50m paying subscribers
Our quarterly glance into the world of the biggest TV/films streaming service, today, as Netflix announced its latest financials. The big number that’s being talked about most is the company’s growth past 50m paying subscribers:...
July 22, 2014
Netflix added 4m subscribers last quarter, but is raising its prices
Streaming TV and films service Netflix announced its latest financial results yesterday: the company’s revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were $1.27bn, as it posted a net profit of $53m. The company ended the quarter...
June 30, 2014