April 24, 2014Amazon Adds HBO Shows to Prime Instant Video
It was announced this week that Amazon has acquired the streaming rights to and will be adding several HBO series, including The Wire and The Sopranos to their Prime Instant Video service. Amazon is also working on adding HBO Go to the recently unveiled Fire TV – which will likely happen by the end of this year. According to Gigaom, "This is the first time that HBO has included its shows in an outside subscription streaming service". Read the full scoop on the Amazon/HBO partnership here.
April 23, 2014Netflix Plans to Launch Cable Boxes
It was reported this week that video streaming service Netflix is planning on launching its very own set top box this quarter. The boxes would be leased by U.S. pay-TV operators, but won't initially include any billing services (other than the potential to bundle ...
April 22, 2014Rock In Rio U.S. Debut Partnerships
It was announced this week that the U.S. version of the Rock In Rio festival, which makes its debut in May 2015, has partnered with entertainment giants MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil. No doubt this means that attendees can expect some unique and eclectic ...
April 21, 2014Teens Consumption Habits
An interesting study was recently done by Piper Jaffray on the "spending habits, fashion trends, and brand and media habits of teens with an average age of 16.4. Among the trends that emerged in the report: male spending is up while female spending is down, teens are ...
April 18, 2014Budweiser Made In America Expands to LA
Jay-Z got everyone talking this week with the announcement that his Philadelphia based Made In America festival would be expanding to Los Angeles. This makes the 2-day Budweiser sponsored event the first simultaneous bicoastal festival ever. According to Budweiser's ...
April 17, 2014Strategy Behind Successful Branded Content
Contently published an excellent article this week, which breaks down what companies like Red Bull, Amex, and Dove are doing to successfully brand their content. Some of the success generating strategies of these companies include: making sure that sponsored content ...
April 16, 2014Deezer Testing U.S. Accounts
It is being reported this week that Deezer has been testing accounts with U.S. users in advance of their upcoming launch. These accounts are with potential partners, rumored to include anyone from mobile carriers to members of the media. According to Deezer's ...
April 15, 2014Spotify + Sprint Team Up
Big news in the music world this week – it was announced that Spotify and Sprint will be teaming up to offer Sprint customers free trials of the popular music streaming service. Once the trials end for Sprint customers, they will have the option to pay for ...
April 14, 2014iTunes Music Store to Get Overhaul?
According to inside sources, iTunes Radio's inability to halt declining music downloads (only 1%-2% of listeners click the buy button) has prompted Apple to give the iTunes music store a significant overhaul. The overhaul is said to potentially include: "an on-demand ...
April 11, 2014Issues with Reliance on Big Data
The NY times published an interesting article this week which takes a look at the less talked about side of the big data revolution – the possible downsides. The Times outlines 9 problems we might face with big data, including: it doesn't tell what correlations ...