Tag: online video

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PlayStation Plus and Disney+ both report subscription growth

We like to keep an eye on subscription-based entertainment businesses outside music, and yesterday two big companies' financial results offered us some new data to consider. Sony Corporation's results included the announcement...
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Report hails Twitch’s ‘skyscraper’ viewing hours in Q2 2020

Another Covid-19 lockdown trend is the sharp growth of viewing hours for livestreaming video services, particularly Twitch. Industry firms StreamElements and Arsenal·gg have published their latest 'State of the Stream'...
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HBO Max and Peacock are already losing big movies

Imagine if, a few weeks after you started paying for Spotify or Apple Music, some of your favourite artists' back catalogues disappeared from the service? There have been pullouts like this in the past (Taylor Swift, most...
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Spotify now offers video podcasts as well as audio shows

'Audio-First' is how Spotify branded its push into podcasts last year. But as it turns out, even podcasts can be about more than audio: something recognised by Spotify yesterday when it launched "the first version of our...
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Not retiring just yet: Logic signs a seven-figure Twitch deal

On 17 July, artist Logic announced his retirement ahead of the release of (seemingly) his final album 'No Pressure' a week later. "It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father," he tweeted. As it turns...
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Amazon IVS could help music companies build their own Twitch

Amazon already owns one of the key livestreaming video platforms, in Twitch. Now its Amazon Web Services division is launching something that could help brands (perhaps including labels) to create their own-brand versions...
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Watch for YouTube impact of Facebook’s music videos move

Let us take you back on a short tour of Facebook music-video speculation. Start in 2012 when reports claimed Vevo – then the key aggregator of music videos – was in talks to ditch YouTube in favour of a partnership...
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Sandbox Issue 256: PRIMAL STREAM 📱🎧 Making lockdown concerts work

Lead: Livestreams have moved to try and fill the massive hole left by the total cancellation of tours and festivals around the world. As more acts do them, however, it becomes incrementally harder to stand out and draw...
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Drake’s rap-battle partner Caffeine raises $113m funding round

Microsoft may have closed its Mixer livestreaming service and thrown its lot in with Facebook, but another of Twitch’s live-video rivals has just raised a big funding round. Caffeine is the company, and the round...
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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda created his new album on Twitch

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of musicians have been thinking about doing more with live-video platform Twitch. But what should they do? Live performances, DJ sets (even though there are issues here), fan Q&As, playing...
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YouTube tests TikTok-style segmented 15-second videos feature

YouTube is testing a new feature for people to upload videos that are 15 seconds in length. We can't think where it got that idea from... Okay, this isn't a pure TikTok clone: there are some interesting aspects to it....
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Microsoft shuts down its livestreaming video service Mixer

Mixer was tech giant Microsoft's rival to Twitch and other livestreaming video platforms, focused squarely on gaming. You may remember that in August 2019 it signed an exclusive deal with Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins (of 'played...