Subscription News Round-up

Wow - we are stilled surprised by some of this week's headlines, but particularly the ambulance subscription service! That's innovation. Also here, ICYMI, we have headlines about Vimeo, Windows 10, Classmates.com, FTD and much more. Why Publishers Struggle to Monetize Their Paywall Data Digiday It's Official: Windows 10 to Launch July 29 as a Free Upgrade Digital Trends Amazon, Apple and Google Step Up Their Game Subscription Insider Vimeo Introduces Subscription Video Tools for Creators Multichannel News Enrollment Offered for Ambulance Subscription Plan The Star…

It’s Showtime: Another Player Enters the OTT TV Market

Another player is entering the over-the-top TV market - Showtime, owned by CBS Corporation - reported CNN Money yesterday. Like HBO Now which launched in March, Showtime will be available to subscribers over the Internet starting in July. No cable required. An Apple device, however, will be. For now, the new service will only be viewable via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. Viewers can subscribe to Showtime's new service for $10.99 a month, $4…

Two Lessons for Subscription Companies from Re/code Sale

Last week Vox Media acquired Re/code, an 18-month-old tech publication founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, former writers for the Wall Street Journal. The deal was an all-stock transaction worth between $15 and $20 million, according to Business Insider. While some critics are quick to dub Re/code a failure much like Gigom, Swisher doesn't see it that way. "I think we did a great job with the journalism and the brand, but you have to…

Amazon, Apple and Google Step Up Their Game

Things are heating up in the online shopping world, as Amazon, Apple and Google step up their game to compete for online business. According to the Washington Post, last week Amazon announced that its Prime customers will get free same-day delivery on qualifying orders over $35. Members must ship items to an eligible zip code within one of 14 metro areas, and they must place orders before noon to receive same day delivery. The same day…

Subscription News Round-up

This week's subscription industry headlines include mobile advertising, chip card technology and customer service as well as some of the usual suspects - Amazon, Microsoft, and the wild world of print and digital media. Here are some of this week's hottest subscription stories, in case you missed them: EMV Chips Could Spell TROUBLE for Card Not Present Merchants Digital Transactions Is eBay Ready to Take on Amazon? Subscription Insider Top Apps - General & Business - News (April 2015) App Annie Newspapers…

Subscription News Round-up

Google, USA Today, Verizon and AOL all made it to the subscription industry news headlines this week. Read those headlines and more to be a subscription insider… How Google Could Offer "All Access" News Subscription & Help Journalism Marketing Land USA Today Could End Daily Print Edition in 'Five or Six Years," Editor-in-Chief Says Ad Age Verizon and AOL: A $4.4 Billion Marriage Subscription Insider Starbucks Partners with Spotify on Music Subscriptions, Expanding Rewards Program GeekWire Mobile is Now the Majority of Traffic for…

Subscription Insider Rebranded & Relaunched

Effective today, we are relaunching Subscription SITE Insider as Subscription Insider.  As part of this change, our news site, Subscription Content, is now hosted at news.subscriptioninsider.com.  The announcement is more than just taking the "site" out of our URL, we have rebuilt the site from top to bottom with lots more to offer subscription businesses. Here is our news announcement. To celebrate our relaunch, we would like to offer you a premium membership for 25% off.  (Now through…

Can AOL Leave Its Dialup Legacy Behind?

Once the darling of the early internet, AOL is still working to prove it can profitably operate without its subscription dial-up service. Can a company with that still relies on legacy dial-up subscriptions that account for most of its profit, really call itself a media or advertising company? As of November 2014, its 2.27 million legacy dialup subscribers were paying an average of $20.86 a month for internet access, with an average subscription length of 14…

Will Apple’s Recent Acquisition Mean Trouble for Digital App Subscriptions?

Apple's purchase last month of the Dutch digital magazine publishing platform Prss has raised questions about their plans for developing a news aggregation app, potentially crashing the profusion of stand-alone subscription publishing apps. For years Apple has held to a philosophy of allowing print publishers to develop apps and sell digital subscriptions within the App Store. This relationship was mutually beneficial: Apple would get their cut and publishers would have a ubiquitous location from which to…

Google Searching for Subscription Revenue with Twitch Acquisition and Google Maps B2B Play

CORRECTION: The story incorrectly reported that Google bought YouTube, when in fact the sale was only rumored at the time. On August 26, we reported (with confirmation from Amazon) that Amazon has purchased Twitch for $970 million. Google seems to be on a frenzied search for subscription revenues, given their recent acquisitions and launches. First, the search engine giant and parent company of YouTube bought Twitch, a subscription site for live streaming of video game playing, for $1 billion.…

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