Last week, it became official. The Disney-Fox deal is now a done deal with The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) completing its acquisition of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox for a cool $71 billion. In a news release, Disney called this the "unprecedented collection of high-quality creative content, stellar talent and cutting-edge technologies" that will allow the company to expedite its direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming strategy and expand its presence to new audiences. It's DTC offerings include ESPN+, ownership in Hulu and Disney +, its yet-to-be-launched streaming video-on-demand service coming later this year.
Apple's annual spring "reveal" is always a highlight of the year for technology enthusiasts. This year was no different as Apple unveiled an array of subscriptions that will shift Apple's focus from product-based to service-based. Among the highlights were details of Apple's new subscription services including Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade. Apple News+ is available now; the other two subscriptions are expected to launch this fall. Let's take a look at what each of these services has to offer subscribers:
Recently signed into law, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act is going to have a big impact on the data business. It contains within it provisions to open up all non-sensitive databases, and make them easily available in machine-readable, non-proprietary formats. Russell Perkins explains.
Psychotherapy.net Garners Seven Figures with Innovative Video Streaming for Professional Development
Nineteen years ago, psychotherapist Dr. Victor Yalom had a vision to capture the teachings of his mentor Dr. James Bugental on video for training purposes. That vision has turned into a seven-figure online subscription business that offers education and training to clinical psychotherapists across the country.
Billionaire Warren Buffet is selling BH Media Group, which owns 31 daily and 47 weekly newspapers, to Lee Enterprises Inc. for $140 million in cash. This represents the first major newspaper condensation of 2020. Lee provides news, information and advertising in 50 markets in 21 states. The company boasts 300+ weekly publications, 1.1 million newspaper subscribers and 73 million monthly digital views. Berkshire Hathaway is providing approximately $576 million in long-term financing to Lee at a 9% annual interest rate. The proceeds from this loan will pay for the acquisition, refinance approximately $400 million of Lees debt, and provide cash to terminate Lees revolving line of credit.
If you are tired of slow-loading websites and cookies tracking your every move online, Scroll now offers subscribers a different type of internet experience. For $4.99 a month, subscribers can access websites that load twice as fast and that have 80% fewer trackers. Subscribers can also browse and read completely ad-free on 300+ participating websites. Up to 70% of user subscription fees support partner websites, and Scroll keeps 30% to fund their operations.
Last week, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) reported its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results, including all-time high Q4 revenues of $798.5 million, a 6.5 percent increase year-over-year. Admissions revenue was $445.1 million, 0.4 percent increase; concession revenue was $277.5 million, a 6.3 percent increase; and other revenue was $75.9 million, a 67.6 percent increase. Equally impressive are Cinemark's Movie Club statistics which CEO Mark Zoradi discussed on the company's February 22 earnings call.
On the heels of a price hike for more than 58 million U.S. members, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) reported its fourth quarter and full year 2018 financials last week. Among the quarter's highlights are the streaming company's impressive paid membership statistics. During the quarter, Netflix added 8.8 million new members, including 1.5 million U.S. members and 7.3 million internationally. …
Last Wednesday, Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA), a San Francisco-based identity software provider, reported record revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 for the period ended October 31, 2018. Okta reported total revenue of $105.6 million, a 58 percent increase over the same period last year. Subscription revenue was $97.7 million, also a 58 percent increase year-over-year. Subscription revenue currently represents 92.5 percent of total revenue for the SaaS company. Professional services and other make up the remaining $7.9 million of revenue, or 7.5 percent.
Last Thursday, The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) reported that its subscriber-first strategy was successful during the third quarter of 2018. At the end of the third quarter, The New York Times had more than 3 million digital subscribers and 4 million total subscribers. This strategy helped the company bring in 203,000 total net new digital-only subscribers in the third quarter, and subscription revenue represented close to two-thirds of the company's total revenue. Of the 203,000 new subscribers, 143,000 came from news and the balance came from NYT Cooking and Crossword.