Saturday was the final curtain for the MoviePass subscription service. The company called it quits after failing to recapitalize and revamp the company after a series of misfires over the last several years. In true MoviePass fashion, however, the company is officially calling it a service disruption. By all accounts, however, it looks like this is the end for the beleaguered company. MoviePass promised to issue refunds for subscribers for services for which they have already paid.
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This week, the subscription news headlines include everything from expansion and exclusion to new launches and legacies: Jeffrey Epstein’s legacy ensnares the M.I.T. Media Lab, Medium launches a new publication for business, and Amazon expands into Brazil. Also, Apple News is excluding local newsrooms, a $5 billion fine won’t fix Facebook, and paid streaming music subscriptions top 60 million in the United States, says RIAA.
WWE Network, one of the first niche streaming video on demand services, hit a wall earlier this year when Disney bought BAMTech, the platform WWE had been using to stream its shows. WWE Network needed a new solution to continue bringing fan favorites to subscribers. According to The Verge, WWE chose Endeavor Streaming and Massive Interactive to build its new platform. Fast forward to late July when WWE announced the launch of WWE Network 2.0 to fix bugs, add missing content and new features, and more.
In this week’s edition of Five on Friday, The Washington Post announces that it is terminating the publication of Express, its commuter newspaper, after 16 years. Also, Disney is launching a subscription box for adult fans – the Disney Backstage Collection, Amazon plans a Career Day, Google removes 24 malware-ridden apps from the Google Play store and binge watchers get hit with higher internet fees.
Last week, The Atlantic announced changes to its subscription model, two years after its last overhaul. The magazine’s newest digital subscription strategy includes slightly increased prices to its tiered subscriptions plans, starting at $49.99 a year for a one-year, digital-only subscription plan. For $59.99 a year, subscribers will receive print and digital subscriptions. For $100.00 a year, subscribers will receive print and digital subscriptions plus an ad-free experience, a complimentary gift subscription to share, discounts on the magazine’s products, and VIP access to Atlantic events.
At its annual fall event at company headquarters in Cupertino, California, Apple revealed new details of new subscription services and its latest series of iPhones and Apple Watches. Here are highlights from the subscription services discussed at yesterday’s event.
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission got a preliminary injunction against AH Media Group for fraudulent subscription practices, including free trial offers and negative option subscriptions. The preliminary injunction prevents AH Media from misrepresenting their “free trial” offers, enrolling them in subscriptions without permission, billing customers without permission, and making it very difficult for customers to cancel their subscriptions or get refunds.
Last week, Duncan McIntosh announced the sale of Editor and Publisher (E&P), the insider’s guide to the publishing industry. With roots dating back to 1884, the iconic trade journal was sold to media consultant Mike Blinder and his new company, The Curated Experiences Group. McIntosh is the president and group publisher of Duncan McIntosh Co., Inc. (DMC) and the previous owner of E&P. The sale closed on August 30; terms of the sale were not disclosed.
This week’s subscription headlines loyalty program, Porsches and paywalls as well as transitions, testing and tools: Chargebee raises $14 million for subscription service tools, Porsche expands into four more cities, and The New York Times is testing a tighter paywall. Also, Nutanix is seeing success with its transition from hardware sales to software subscriptions, The Athletic is giving free content a go, and Vogue is hoping a new loyalty program will drive subscriptions.
NBC Sports Group and AEG, a global sports and live entertainment company, have teamed up to create the NBC Sports Pub Pass. The first-of-its-kind Pub Pass is a customizable over-the-top streaming service targeted to the U.S. retail pub, club and restaurant market. The exclusive, commercial-free subscription service offers premium content for soccer, rugby and cycling, including live event coverage and on-demand viewing.