August 22, 2014Netflix/Time Warner Peering Deal
It was announced this week that Netflix has signed a paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable – the last of the four big ISPs to do a deal with the streaming video giant. According to Gigaom, this deal should mean an improvement to Netflix streaming for "Time Warner Cable's broadband subscribers who also like to tune into Netflix fare". Read more about the deal and Netflix's ongoing attempts to solve peering issues with the ISPs here.
August 21, 2014YouTube Music Key
It was leaked this week that YouTube's highly anticipated streaming service will be called "YouTube Music Key", and will be fused with Google's existing streaming service, Google Play All Access. According to TechCrunch, YouTube Music Key will offer ad-free, ...
August 20, 2014Pay to Play @ Super Bowl Halftime?
It was revealed this week that the NFL has reportedly asked top performers like Rihanna, Coldplay and Katy Perry to actually pay the sports organization to play at next year's Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL has traditionally not paid acts to play the coveted half ...
August 19, 2014Vevo No Longer For Sale
After the recent announcement that Vevo's owners were preparing to sell control of the company, it was reported this week that the popular music video site is no longer on the sales block. According to the NY post, Vevo's owners decided to retain their current ...
August 18, 2014Measuring Album Clicks
Hypebot posted a cool study recently breaking down new album clicks (where, when, and how they are happening), which revealed that 26% of all album clicks happen before the album even drops. This is a very telling statistic on the power of the album pre-realease, as ...
August 15, 2014Pete Tong's Evolution of Beatport Show
Legendary DJ Pete Tong just expanded his 'Evolution' Radio show via Beatport, in the form of a 2 hour radio show called "The Evolution Beatport Show With Pete Tong". The show will feature exclusive content, breaking music news and releases, DJ chart updates/top dance ...
August 14, 2014Snapchat's Success
It was announced by comScore this week that Snapchat has become the 3rd most popular app among millennials. The app, which now has 32.9 % penetration on young users' mobile phones, is now more popular than industry giants Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ or Tumblr. ...
August 13, 2014Xbox One Software Update
According to multiple reports this week, the next update for Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console will bring it one step closer to become a "centralized entertainment system". The update will enable the console to stream live TV to phones, tablets, and computers around ...
August 12, 2014Music Consumption Study
A new study on music consumption released by Viacom this week has revealed that teens and adults up to the age of 40 are now primarily consuming music via streaming. In addition to streaming, the study also identified that "Radio is important to this group, which ...
August 11, 2014Netflix's Effect on Traditional Financing
Forbes published an interesting article this week on the disruptive effect that Netflix will have on traditional film financing as it continues to expand globally. Most significantly on the independent filmmakers who raise money through pre-sales to local distributors. ...