Weekly Subscription News Round-up for Dec. 4

Tidal gets its third CEO, publishers tell Twitter their frustrations, Apollo considers purchasing Tribune Publishing. We have those headlines as well as news about payments, paywalls and purchases. Get those headlines all right here, so you'll be on top of all the latest subscription news.

California Consumers Suing Subscription Companies Over Auto-Renewal Law

California consumers are suing subscription-based companies within and outside the state, in accordance with California's auto-renewal law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code ยง 17600 et seq.), for the auto-renewal of subscriptions they did not expressly approve, reports Lexology. Lexology says the glut of putative class action cases are due to a lack of sufficient analysis and interpretation of the law since it was enacted in 2010. The law applies to any arrangement where a purchasing agreement…

New Prime Video Offerings Will Make Amazon a Serious OTT Competitor

Amazon.com is planning to beef up its Prime Video offerings soon, reports Bloomberg Business, which could give it a serious advantage over Netflix and Hulu. According to unnamed Amazon insiders, Prime customers will be able to add other online subscriptions to their Prime accounts, including "major, well-known movie and TV channels," along with pre-packaged bundles that Amazon will design. The new additions will supplement Amazon's current programming line-up…

Subscription Company Updates: Hulu, New York Times, Rdio and more

The majority of Hulu subscribers are willing to sit through limited ads, the New York Times is changing its commenting system, and Nickelodeon adds eight new series to its popular subscription kids app. Here are those updates, along with the latest news on Facebook's Instant Articles and Rdio's demise. Hulu: In Sept. 2015, Hulu added an ad-free tier to its subscription options. For $11.99 a month, subscribers can enjoy a commercial-free streaming video experience, a $4.00…

Weekly Subscription News Round-up for Nov. 20

Angie's List rejects an acquisition offer, Microsoft finally shuts down Zune, and Google announces a redesign of Google+. We have those headlines and more to kick off your weekend. Also, learn What Angie's List, Pandora and Match.com Have in Common, Dropbox Adds Enterprise Tier & New Features to Premium Services and more.

Pandora Acquires Rdio for $75 Million in Cash…Sort of

On Monday, Pandora announced that it will pay streaming music service Rdio $75 million to acquire technology to launch its own on-demand, streaming-music subscription service. According to Advertising Age, this acquisition will allow Pandora to be more competitive with Spotify and Apple Music, which both offer radio and on-demand streaming music services. Pandora is acquiring the assets, but not in a traditional purchase. Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews explains why during the investor…

Weekly Subscription News Round-up for Nov. 13

CBS wants to go where no network has gone before, Walmart is making nice, and PayPal shows us that a friendly divorce is, in fact, possible. This week's headlines feature Zuora, Star Trek, Time Warner and more.

Facebook Beats Revenue Projections, Boosting Stock to All Time High

When Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) reported third quarter revenue above projections, stockholders indicated their approval, boosting stock prices by almost 5% at one point, says Business Insider. During the most recent quarter, Facebook earned $4.5 billion in total revenue, compared to $4.37 billion predicted by analysts. That's an impressive spread, but what's more impressive is that Facebook's revenue is 41% higher than it was for the same period last year! No wonder investors are excited. Other highlights from…

Pandora’s Stock Dives After Positive Q3 Report

On October 22, Pandora (NYSE: P) had good news and bad news to share. The good news - revenue was up 30% or more in every category, and the number of listeners and listener hours were up slightly over the same period last year. The bad news - Pandora missed its revenue projection by $1.4 million, driving down stock prices by 20% by the end of the day, a loss of $85.9 million, according to…

Weekly Subscription News Round-up for Nov. 6

Napster relaunches as a subscription, Amazon abandons its roots, and The Sun drops its paywall. Get those headlines as well as news on short-form subscriptions, content paywalls, millennial women, streaming music, ad blocking, brick and mortar stores and more.

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