October 31, 2014Vimeo Planning Subscription Service
In an interview with CEO Kerry Trainor, Vimeo (one of YouTube’s biggest competitors) revealed that is has future plans to start selling ad-free subscriptions to users. We don’t have any details on timing or pricing yet, but the announcement is significant as it comes on the heels of a number of VOD companies like CBS and HBO delving into the digital subscription space. Vimeo already “sells premium versions of its free service to more than 500,000 users, who pay for features like extra storage and more sophisticated publishing tools”, so it should be interesting to see which direction the side goes with their subscription service. Read all about it here.
October 30, 2014New FCC Proposal
It was reported this week that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth a proposal that would "change the regulations that preclude Internet companies from becoming "multi-channel video providers" (MVPDs), such as cable and satellite TV providers."The major proposal has ...
October 29, 2014Verizon to Offer Netflix in Bundle
In the wake of both HBO and CBS debuting stand online web subscriptions, Verizon announced this week that they will be including a free year of Netflix in their "triple play" bundles. Right now the inclusion is in an 11 day trial-run limited to New York customers only, ...
October 28, 2014Deezer Acquires Stitcher
Late last week it was announced that music streaming company Deezer has acquired market-leading podcast app Stitcher. According to Rainn, the "breakthrough deal puts a whole new category of content into the Deezer library, which is already stocked with 35-million ...
October 27, 2014New Pandora Analytics Tool
Pandora finally jumped on board the big data train with the recent announcement of their own analytics system called AMP. Other major streaming music players like Apple, Spotify, and SoundCloud have long been using analytics to bolster business -- and Pandora will ...
October 22, 2014Nielsen/Adobe Digital Partnership
Nielsen and Adobe just announced a partnership which will strategically allow them to "build and support a cross-platform system for measuring online TV, video and other digital content across the Web and apps." The new measurements should be available in early 2015, ...
October 21, 2014Inside Apple Pay
Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, launched this week in the US. Apple Pay allows iOS 8 users to pay for goods and services by holding their phone up to a POS reader, instead of swiping a card or manually entering your credit card into an app. Apple has ...
October 20, 2014First Snapchat Ads
Snapchat started rolling out their first ads this week -- with the first advertiser paying for ad space being Universal Studios. The company ran a 20 second ad for an upcoming film, "Ouija", which was optional for Snapchat users to watch. Read more about the first ...
October 17, 2014New iPads Announced
As expected, Apple rolled out two new iPads at an event in Cupertino yesterday: the new iPad Air 2 and an improved iPad Mini 3. The iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner and 40% faster than the last version, and the new iPad Mini 3 will run on iOS 8 and feature A7 powered Retina ...
October 16, 2014HBO Announces Stand-Alone Online Service
HBO made the major announcement this week that they will be launching a stand-alone, over-the-top version of their HBO Go service. The move to make HBO Go available to non-cable subscribers could potentially bring in billions of dollars in revenue for the company. CEO ...