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.
It’s been a rocky few weeks for Pandora since its earnings call delivered news of a slowdown in listener-ship, thanks to Apple Music. But November has been kind to Pandora Media CEO Brian McAndrews. His stock is up 10 percent over the past five days, in part because Pandora has a new long-term deal in place with music publishing company Sony/ATV.
Starz LLC led a $7 million investment round in independent film streaming service Fandor, the premium TV network’s first foray into direct-to-consumer streaming in the U.S. Fandor is a subscription streaming service that offers about 7,000 independent films to subscribers, for plans ranging from $7.50 to $10 a month.
After a debut in May that limited access to X1 subs, Comcast said all customers can now tap into Xfinity Share, the company’s new live streaming app that shares some similarities with Meerkat and Periscope.
Cord-cutting is officially the U.S. media industry’s fear du jour. But not all companies will fare the same if subscriber declines accelerate. Despite the negative reaction to its earnings report earlier this month, Walt Disney isn’t the most exposed. That honor goes to AMC Networks where earnings per share would fall 16.6% if domestic affiliate fees fell 10%, Bernstein estimates. Disney falls roughly in the middle of the pack: Its earnings would fall 8.7%.
By a 2-to-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said it agreed with the conclusions of Judge Denise L. Cote of United States District Court in Manhattan, who rendered the decision in 2013.
Bolthouse marketing execs studying how each stream performs have noticed some interesting differences, both in the amount of views on each app as well as how the live stream is promoted.
On Monday, two lawsuits were filed against the Federal Communication Commission’s new rules for broadband Internet service, the beginning of what is expected to be a flurry of legal challenges to the new regulations.
The United States Telecom Association, a trade group that represents some of the nation’s largest Internet providers, filed suit in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On the same day, Alamo Broadband, a small broadband provider based in Texas, sued in federal court in New Orleans.
Opponents of new regulations from the Federal Communications Commission are warning that the agency will inadvertently ruin the future of TV.In comments filed to the FCC this week, industry and advocacy groups warned that the plan would unnecessarily interfere with the free market and stunt the growth of a nascent service.
As Ohio State captured the inaugural playoff championship on the field, fans made records of their own, sending and receiving more than 6 terabytes of data over Wi-Fi and AT&T’s cellular network. Nearly 5 terabytes travelled over the stadium Wi-Fi network with another 1.4 terabytes going over AT&T’s cellular equipment in the stadium.
When CBS and Dish Network reached a new retransmission deal last weekend after a one-day blackout it looked like a clean win for the network. CBS got a hike in retransmission fees (although by how much we don’t know) and a commitment from Dish to disable the AutoHop ad-skipping DVR feature for CBS programs during the C7 window. Dish, on the other hand, came away without what it seemingly most wanted: the rights to include CBS’s linear channel in its planned online multichannel pay-TV service. Read More »
Legislation The blame-storming in Hollywood over the failure of SOPA and the Protect-IP Act has begun. MPAA chief Chris Dodd offers a half-hearted mea culpa in the New York Times, acknowledging a “perception problem” for the industry. But he pins most of the blame on “irresponsible” technology players like Wikipedia, Google and Reddit for stirring up the natives with their blackouts and black propaganda.
More darkly, many in the media industry are blaming President Barack Obama for the loss, accusing him of a stab in the back for siding publicly with Silicon Valley after Hollywood had raised millions for his campaigns. One time SOPA and PIPA supporters in Congress who went wobbly in the face of public pressure are also coming in for scorn.
Most of the problems the media companies have had over SOPA and PIPA, however, have been self-inflicted. Read More »