Verizon plans to offer a skinny bundle video service via 5G wireless transmissions in early 2017 to test the speedy technology in some “relatively small towns,” CEO Lowell McAdam said today at the UBS Global Media and Telecommunications Conference.
Music sales in the first half of the year were up 8.4 percent, to $3.4 billion — the industry’s best performance since the height of the CD era. That boom is fueled entirely by the growth of paid subscription services. This year’s numbers include Apple Music, which didn’t exist a year ago but has 17 million worldwide subscribers today, as well as Spotify, which has been growing faster than Apple and has 40 million global subs.
Apple has emerged as the surprise buyer of the unscripted TV series based on the “Carpol Karaoke” segment of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden .” The tech giant’s Apple Music service will distribute the series to its members in 100 countries worldwide. Apple sees the show as a natural vehicle to drive online activity for its streaming-music venture.
As AT&T readies the launch of its DirecTV Now streaming pay-TV service later this year, the company told investors Thursday that 5 million customers have already signed up for an offer that bundles DirecTV service with unlimited wireless data plans..
Facebook provides content owners the ability to reach over 1 billion users who each spend 50 minutes on average on the platform every single day. As a point of reference, daily newspaper circulation peaked in the U.S. at about 60 million households and today, cable television reaches approximately 100 million households. Bottom line: An unprecedented global distribution opportunity.
Disney can overcome headwinds in the TV ecosystem by selling its nonsports content directly to consumers, Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible said Wednesday.
Streaming-music listeners really don’t care about sound quality.
A recent survey by MusicWatch found that few music fans would pay more to listen to music with better audio quality. The consumer research firm, which polled 7,700 people, asked listeners who stream music for free what it would take for them to pay for a service. Just 6% said that CD-like sound quality could persuade them to part with their hard-earned dollars.
When Netflix Inc. won rights to premiere gothic TV drama “Penny Dreadful” in several European countries, local media companies that lost out were miffed. They were growing increasingly frustrated that the streaming juggernaut is scooping up exclusive rights to top shows as it pursues an aggressive global expansion, locking them out in their home markets. It was time to mount a response.
T-Mobile customers who want to watch the hot new Netflix show “Master of None” or the old HBO favorite “Game of Thrones” can do so without counting it against their data caps, if they use the wireless carrier’s popular new Binge On service.Good news for consumers, maybe, but it is worrying some consumer advocates, who say the service could be the beginning of attempts to circumvent the government’s net-neutrality rules before they have even taken root.
Nearly nine out of 10 U.S. pay TV subscribers—86 percent—want a single app for all of their video watching, according to data from Altman Vilandrie & Co.’s sixth annual survey on consumer video habits. The survey also revealed that 70 percent of consumers have not downloaded any network or cable channel apps, even as they continue to be inundated with more streaming video options.
Spotify is collecting lots of its listening data and assembling it for musicians, managers and other music pros at a new “Fan Insights” portal. The site is free, but access is limited to musicians and the people who work with them.
By the end of 2018, 231 million installed devices are expected to be connected to the Internet and able to deliver apps to TVs, representing 82% growth from 2014 to 2018, according to a new report from The NPD Group.
T-Mobile has just announced “Binge On,” a deal that gives customers unlimited access to Netflix, HBO Go, ESPN, Showtime, and video from most other huge media brands (but not YouTube!). It’s just like T-Mobile’s “Music Freedom” promotion, which gives customers unlimited high-speed data, as long as they’re listening to music from Spotify, Google Play Music, or one of T-Mobile’s other partners. It sounds like a sweet deal, and many customers will benefit! But it’s dangerous for the internet. When John Herrman writes that the next internet is TV — and you should believe him — this is part of how we get there.