Headspace is offering free one-year subscriptions to U.S. workers who are unemployed or furloughed.

Headspace Offers Free Subscriptions to U.S. Workers Who Are Unemployed or Furloughed

Mindfulness and meditation app Headspace is offering free one-year subscriptions to U.S. workers who are unemployed or furloughed.

New Pending Bill In CA Addressing Automatically Renewing Offers

I would like to bring to your attention a bill pending in California regarding automatically renewing offers which has already passed unanimously in committee and is on its way to a to full house chamber vote. California already requires full disclosure of the offer terms and an explanation of the full price that a consumer […]
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Comcast Xfinity Customers Get Free Early Access to NBCUniversal’s Peacock SVOD

Comcast Xfinity Customers Get Free Preview of NBCUniversal’s Peacock SVOD

Despite the coronavirus, Comcast Xfinity is doing a soft launch of Peacock, giving its customers free access three months prior to the national premiere.
Apple offers free premium content during coronavirus pandemic.

Apple Offers Free Streaming Content During Coronavirus Pandemic

Apple is being generous during the coronavirus pandemic, offering free music and now original movies and TV shows to introduce potential subscribers...

Kia Uses Zuora to Offer Connected Car Services via Subscription

Source: Kia Motors Last week, subscription management platform Zuora, Inc. announced that it has partnered with Kia Motors to offer UVO link, a suite of...

Food Delivery Service DoorDash Files Confidentially for IPO

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Weekly Subscription News: Learning, Lingerie and Luminary

This week's subscription headlines cover everything from annual learning subscriptions by Coursera and potentially deceptive business practices by Rihanna's lingerie line to testing subscription bundles and offering free content to nonsubscribers. In addition, Birchbox lays off workers (could this be a trend?); Luminary is expanding globally, which could create podcasting wars; and Downing Street wants BBC to switch to a subscription model.

Spotify to Buy Bill Simmons’ The Ringer for an Estimated $196M

A day after announcing its fourth quarter 2019 results, streaming audio platform Spotify announced its intent to acquire Bill Simmon's The Ringer. This acquisition will help Spotify expand its content catalog with sports and pop culture podcasts and The Ringer website, as well as reach new audiences. Bill Simmons, a former ESPN personality, started The Ringer in 2016. Spotify did not disclose terms of the deal, but Variety reports that the company may be paying as much as $196 million cash for The Ringer. The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2020.

WWE Network Adds Free Tier to Streaming Service

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Network has added a free tier to its streaming subscription video service to bring in new subscribers, reports Fox Business. The new tier was released via soft launch earlier this month to give non-subscribers a taste of the type of content they can expect from the premium video service. Wrestle Talk reports that many of the videos in the free tier are those that a viewer would fine on WWEs YouTube channel or on WWE.com. Once any bugs are worked out of the free tier, WWE Network will do an official launch. It isnt clear if or how this might impact the premium subscription service.

Toronto Star to Shutter Five StarMetro Commuter Newspapers in December

Journalists at the Toronto Star dont have a lot to be thankful for this year. Torstar, parent company of the Toronto Star, announced Tuesday it is shuttering five StarMetro commuter newspapers next month, resulting in the loss of 73 editorial, advertising and distribution jobs. The Canadian cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax will get their last editions of StarMetro on December 20, reports CBC News. Bob Hepburn, a representative for Torstar, told CBC News that commuters arent reading print newspapers anymore. They are getting their news on digital devices instead. The decline in print advertising also contributed to this decision.

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