Discovery Networks under fire over music-royalties changes
The way musicians and composers are paid for music used within TV shows is causing controversy as 2019 comes to an end. Broadcaster Discovery Networks is under fire in the US for a new policy regarding composers working on...
December 16, 2019
Vevo launches linear music-video channels on Pluto TV
Even when Vevo had its own on-demand music-videos website and apps, it was exploring the potential for linear (i.e. traditional-TV style) viewing. Now it’s doing that again, via a partnership with video-streaming service...
November 12, 2019
Apple may be planning standalone Mac apps for music and podcasts
It’s not exactly controversial to describe Apple’s iTunes desktop software as a hot mess: certainly compared to the slicker standalone apps for music, podcasts and other content on its iOS devices. But it looks like the...
April 12, 2019
Apple tipped to launch TV, news AND games subscriptions
Tonight, Apple is holding its latest press event, focused on services. You’ll be able to watch it live here from 10am California-time (that’s 5pm UK-time), with Apple already “live streaming” the empty Steve Jobs...
March 25, 2019
Another TV veteran joins Spotify to focus on original content
Spotify continues to look towards the television industry for executives capable of supercharging its push into podcasts and other non-music content. Having Dawn Ostroff from TV network Lifetime to be its chief content officer,...
March 1, 2019
Sandbox Issue 216: Tuning In. Connected TV Marketing in Focus
Lead: Music on TV increasingly feels like a relic of the past. Only a handful of shows have any kind of musical guests today and even MTV stopped having promo videos as its main focus years ago. But marketing music on TV...
November 14, 2018
Taylor Swift working on original TV show for AT&T
News that Taylor Swift is working on an original TV show for a video-streaming service might lead to assumptions that Apple is the partner. Nope. Taylor Swift Now will be “a new video experience only on AT&T” offering...
December 5, 2016
YouTube boy-band Boyce Avenue get their own TV show
Boyce Avenue are one of the most prominent artists to break out from YouTube, the platform where they came to fame and now have 8.7 million subscribers to their channel. Now they’re starring in a TV show produced by US...
October 5, 2016
MTV redoubles music efforts with shows not videos
MTV’s flagship TV channel is getting back into music, but with shows rather than shortform music videos. “Right now about a third of our slate is what I’d call directly in music, significantly more than in the recent...
October 3, 2016
Report 392 – Burning Question
In our Cover Feature we look at the chaos surrounding both Cür and Guvera and what this tells us about the state of digital music in 2016. The market is tilted towards failure and even long-standing services, despite approaching...
June 22, 2016
Vevo: ‘People have undervalued just how important the TV is’
“TV now reminds me a little bit of mobile in 2006 to 2007. There’d been at least six to eight years of people talking about building mobile services and apps on platforms like Symbian, but it didn’t really work.” Mark...
February 11, 2016
Study claims kids more interested in mobile video than TV
We sense the latest research from Miner & Co. won’t come as a surprise to many parents: it claims children are less interested in traditional TV than they are in watching video on handheld devices. In fact, its survey...
July 7, 2015