In this week's subscription news, YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge into a new subscription service, the new YouTube TV streaming app grows in popularity, and The New Yorker gets record digital traffic as former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci - former as in only had the job for 10 days - goes on a tirade of profanity. Also this week, we're reading about mail order recipe cards making a comeback in the digital age, Spotify hitting 60 million paying subscribers, despite the competition, and PlayStation Plus subscribers getting access to PlayStation Now.
Santa visited Rupert Murdoch early this year with Disney's (NYSE: DIS) agreement to buy 21st Century Fox's film and TV studios, cable networks and international TV businesses for $52.4 billion in an all-stock transaction. Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) will spin off its broadcasting network and stations, Fox News, Fox Business, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network to its shareholders. As part of the deal, Robert A. Iger has agreed to stay on at Disney at chairman and CEO through 2021.
Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) is the latest publisher to add paid membership programs to its offerings in the hopes of generating additional revenue. On September 27, the company announced the launch of People Perks, a membership program for People magazine readers, for $60 a year or $5.99 a month after a 30-day free trial. Members who pay annually also receive a free welcome kit, and all members receive exclusive discounts on entertainment, style, food, beauty, pets, home and shopping products and access to unique celebrity and red carpet experiences.
One of the most effective strategies for attracting new customers is to offer subscription bundles, pairing multiple products or services at discounted rates.
Zoom will remove time limits on Thanksgiving, TikTok gets a temporary reprieve, and Squarespace adds new monetization options.
Day #5 of Subscription Show 2020 included a VIP session with author Robbie Kellman Baxter, keynote Anne Janzer, sessions, networking & more.
VISA has announced an Emergency COVID-related Operational Business update and this announcement delays VISA’s enhanced descriptor requirement until April 2021 with proactive compliance enforcement put on hold for the time being. All other aspects of the policy including clear T&Cs upon enrollment, reminder notification, and online cancellation remain in effect as of April 18, 2020. Lisa B. Dubrow, Esq. explains.
The top-grossing subscription apps of 2021, 4 retention tips from Mather Economics and the growing popularity of bookazines.
Net neutrality has been a hot topic of conversation for at least the last three years when President Obama urged regulators to protect net neutrality. Things quieted down in 2015 after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did just that, but there were opponents to the regulations. Now, under President Trumps administration, the topic is back in the spotlight, and it is an important one that impacts consumers and businesses alike, particularly subscription businesses who do most of their business via the Internet.
Virtual reality startup Wevr is adding a new service to its Transport app - premium subscriptions. Transport is an independent, curated virtual reality (VR) network where VR creatives and producers can share their content, build an audience and create a community of like-minded users. The Transport app has a free version, but it is now launching an annual premium subscription. The Mobile (360 video only) subscription is $8 a year, and the PC & Mobile (360 video and room scale) subscription is $20 a year.