Spotify Ends 2020 with 155 Million Premium Subscribers

Spotify Won’t Take a Cut of Revenue from Podcast Subscriptions

Spotify is launching podcast subscriptions soon but, unlike Apple, it will not take a cut of the revenue.

WWE Survives COVID with a Little Help from Peacock

Last week, WWE reported its first quarter financials. With most of its events shut down last year, Peacock turned out to be a much-need bright spot.
Apple Launches Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

Apple Launches Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

Starting in May, Apple is launching Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a global marketplace for premium podcasts.
Netflix hits 200 million paid members during the fourth quarter of 2020.

Netflix Reports Revenue Growth of 24.2% for Q1 2021

Following a strong 2020, Netflix reported revenue of $7.2 billion, a 24.2% increase, and record operating margin and income.

Member Alert: FTC “Digital Dark Patterns” Workshop April 29th

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a virtual workshop on April 29th to examine digital “dark patterns” to examine what dark patterns are and how they impact or trick consumers and the marketplace into making unwanted or extra purchases online.
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Five on Friday: Discord, Discounts and Deceptive Free Trials

Five on Friday: Discord, Discounts and Deceptive Free Trials

Microsoft might buy Discord, Cinedigm grows viewership by 208% year-over-year, and YouTube TV tries to grow base with big discounts.
Patreon Valuation Jumps to $4B After $155M Funding Round

Patreon Valuation Jumps to $4B After $155M Funding Round

After raising $155M in Series F funding, Patreon announced a valuation of $4B, three times the company's valuation six months ago.
Weekly Subscription News: Circulation, Subscription Management and Sales

Weekly Subscription News: Ad Formats, Funding and FCC Rules

Ad wraps for bookazines, new funding for Substack and FCC rules on media cross-ownership are all in the weekly subscription news this week.
Weekly Subscription News: Circulation, Subscription Management and Sales

Weekly Subscription News: Merger Talks, Job Cuts and Pandemic Dating

Making the subscription news headlines this week are merger talks, advertising platforms, job cuts and the weirdness of pandemic dating.
News Corp to buy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $349 in cash.

News Corp to Buy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media for $349M

News Corp announced this week that it will be Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Books & Media division for $349 million in cash.

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