Five on Friday: Leasing Programs, Premium Podcasts and Bitcoin Payments

Five on Friday: Leasing Programs, Premium Podcasts and Bitcoin Payments

Fair abandons the car subscription model, OnlyFans reverses courses to allow sexually explicit content, and Substack partners with OpenNote to accept Bitcoin.
Netflix to close dormant subscriptions

SEC Files Charges Against Three Former Netflix Engineers with Insider Trading

The SEC charged three former Netflix engineers and two associates with insider trading for using nonpublic subscriber data to make $3M in profits.
LitPic Raises $1.5 Million in Venture Capital to Support Creators

LitPic Raises $1.5 Million in Venture Capital for Free Creator Platform

LitPic, a new social network designed specifically for creator monetization, announced a $1.5M seed round.
Weekly Subscription News: Wine, Watchdogs and Winning

Weekly Subscription News: Games, Gossip and Gannett

Medium to offer writers 50% of subscriber revenue, WarnerMedia might sell TMZ to Fox, USA Today puts crossword behind paywall.
Five on Friday August 20 2021

Five on Friday: Podcasts, Pricing and Platforms

PA Post and Spotlight PA merge, Albertson's launches a grocery delivery subscription and NPR launches a podcast subscription service.
Salesforce to launch business streaming service 'Salesforce+'

Salesforce to Launch Business Streaming Service ‘Salesforce+’

Streaming isn't just for entertainment. In conjunction with its Dreamforce conference, Salesforce is launching Salesforce+ for business content.
Disney Shows Signs of Recovery in Second Quarter Financials

Disney Reports Nearly 174 Million Subscribers in D2C Streaming Services

Disney's direct-to-consumer streaming subscriber services have grown to nearly 174 million subscribers worldwide.
Weekly Subscription News: Wine, Watchdogs and Winning

Weekly Subscription News: Batman, Back Rent and Back to Local Owners

Conde Nast pays $10M in back rent HBO Max gets a Batman podcast, and Gannett has sold 23 newspapers back to local owners.
Discovery Grows to 18M Subscribers Ahead of Major Merger

Tokyo Olympics Help Drive Discovery to Surpass 18 Million Paid Subscribers

Discovery wins big with the Tokyo Olympics, growing the global entertainment company's subscribers to more than 18 million.
Spotify tests lower priced ad-supported tier

Spotify Tests Lower Priced, Ad-Supported Subscription Tier for $0.99

Spotify is testing a less expensive, ad-supported tier, Spotify Plus, for as low as $0.99 a month.

What's New