Weekly Subscription News: Visa, Virtual Reality and Value

Featuring Google, Peloton, HBO, Netflix and YouTube

With any luck, we are just weeks away from liberation from shelter-in-place orders. Meanwhile, subscription companies are trying to make things a little easier and more entertaining. Doing its part to keep people indoors, Viveport is offering its Infinity VR game subscription for 75% off, while YouTube launches a free video tool for small businesses who want to make DIY ads. Also this week, the L.A. Times, hit hard by the loss of ad revenue, shutters three suburban newspapers, Visa lets users know when their free subscription trials are over, and Google gets stricter on Play Store app subscriptions for transparency.

Google Gets Strict on Play Store App Subscription Stings
Digital Trends

Viveport’s Infinity VR Game Subscription Is 75% Off to Keep You Inside During COVID-19
Forbes

The L.A. Times Is Closing Three Suburban Newspapers
Nieman Lab

Visa to Alert Users When Trial Offers Become Paid Subscriptions
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