May 27, 2016Podcast Listening Metrics
Edison Metrics and Trident Digital released their annual research on podcasts today, revealing some interesting metrics on the evolving listening habits of consumers. Some of The Podcast Consumer report's bigger conclusions were: 1) 36% of consumers have listened to at least one podcast ever (about 98 million people), 2) there are about 57 million monthly podcast listeners, and 3) 29% of listening happens through a computer, compared to 71% through a smartphone. According to Tom Webster, who presented the report, "Podcasting has been a medium of slow, steady growth. This year, we saw a spike we haven't seen before." Check out a full breakdown of The Podcast Consumer here.
May 26, 2016Verizon's Digital Content Play
According to multiple sources, telecom giant Verizon is in talks to acquire Yahoo as part of a larger play to compete with major digital content players like Netflix, Amazon, Google and Facebook. And while Verizon does not have any experience in the content-creation ...
May 25, 2016Streaming Video Market Peaking?
CNET recently published an interesting article which explores the incredible rise of streaming services, and whether or not the market's peak is approaching. Netflix, which has about twice as many subscribers as any other US streaming video service, leads the market ...
May 24, 2016Spotify's Revenue vs. Losses
New filings from Spotify show that despite losing more money than ever last year, the streaming service's revenue actually increased much faster than its losses for the first time. This is the kind of performance that investors are looking for, and is a promising sign ...
May 23, 2016Live Nation Acquires MCN INDMUSIC
This week Live Nation announced their acquisition of the multi-channel network INDMUSIC - which helps artists and labels manage their rights on YouTube. The acquisition is a sign the live events and concerts giant is looking to increase their involvement with video, ...
May 12, 2016YouTube Rolling Out Messenger Service
It was reported this week that YouTube has begun rolling out a new, in-app chat feature to some users. The new messenger feature allows users to share embedded videos natively with friends within the chat, which they can then reply to with text or another video. Those ...
May 11, 2016Digital Video Study
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released an eye-opening study on the digital video viewing habits of American adults. The study revealed some interesting trends including: 1) digital video is now more popular than primetime TV among Internet viewers, 2) ...
May 10, 2016Spotify's New Video Programming
This week Spotify announced some major new video programming, with 12 new music-themed original programs. According to TechCrunch, we should start seeing the new content on Spotify this summer (initially only in the US, UK, Sweden and Germany), featuring ...
May 9, 2016Warner Music Hits Streaming Milestone
Warner Music Group hit a major milestone this week, with the announcement that streaming has officially become their biggest business. The company announced that streaming revenues are now their biggest source of recorded music revenue, surpassing both physical and ...
May 6, 2016Hulu/Live Nation VR Concert Series 2
This week Time Inc., the country's largest magazine publisher, announced that it is launching a free, ad-supported video streaming service. The new service, called the People/Entertainment Weekly network, will run content focused on human interest stories and series, ...