April 29, 2016Snapchat Stories Booming
This week Snapchat revealed that their 'Stories' feature has create a major boom in use, and has been a major factor in increasing video views on the app to a whopping 10 billion a day. That 10 billion number is especially impressive, as it's a 2 billion increase from February's report of 8 billion daily views. Snapchat attributes much of this growth to a push on their 'Stories' feature, which allows users and publishers to post video/photo content that last for 24 hours. According to Bloomberg, "Snapchat is sharing the new stories statistic with investors to help explain that its app is focused on serving people who create and broadcast content, not just consume it." Read more on Snapchat's impressive growth here.
April 28, 2016Comcast Buying DreamWorks
Comcast made further moves to solidify their purchase of DreamWorks Animation this week, with several outlets reporting that the NBCUniversal arm of Comcast will acquire the studio for $3.8 billion. The purchase would put Illumination Entertainment's (the ...
April 27, 2016Smartphones + Online Radio
An ongoing study published this week by Edison has shed some interesting light on the shift to smartphones and its potential impact on online radio. According to the Share of Ear and Infinite Dial consumer surveys, there is a direct correlation between an increase in ...
April 25, 2016Beyonce Drops 'Lemonade'
Beyonce dropped her much speculated and highly anticipated visual album 'Lemonade' on Saturday as a TV special on HBO. Post-premiere, the album dropped exclusively on Jay-Z's streaming service Tidal - in a windowed release that has since driven massive activity on both ...
April 22, 2016Spotify/Billboard Announce Exclusive Partnership
This week Spotify and Billboard announced an exclusive partnership, which will allow the streaming service "to power playback of more than 75Billboard music charts and will include a weekly New Music Fridays editorial feature and three additional Spotify-centric ...
April 21, 2016Magic Leaps Secretive VR Tech
Magic Leap finally shed some light on its uber-secret virtual reality tech this week, via a fascinating article on the startup by Wired. The article revealed several important details about the company's augmented reality glasses, and how they might compare to ...
April 20, 2016YouTube Introduces 360-Degree Live Streaming
YouTube introduced a major new capability this week - the ability to live stream 360-degree video with spatial audio. The first content available in the new format will be streamed from the ongoing Coachella music festival, and allow the listener to see and hear the ...
April 19, 2016Amazon Launches $8.99/month Video Streaming Service
This week Amazon announced the launch of an $8.99/month streaming service designed to compete with Netflix, called Prime Video. The new monthly stand-alone service will include 3rd-party content from Amazon Prime as well as original Amazon shows, and allow users to ...
April 14, 2016IFPI Releases Global Music Revenue Report
The interwebs have been buzzing this week after an in depth IFPI report on global music industry revealed that digital revenues have surpassed physical for the first time. According to the report "For the first time in a long time the music industry has been able to ...
April 13, 2016Facebook Launches Video Rights Manager
This week Facebook launched Rights Manager, a feature designed to combat stolen videos, or 'freebooting', on the popular social media platform. Rights Manager is essentially the same concept as YouTube's Content ID system, and will monitor publisher-designated clips ...