Apple's annual spring "reveal" is always a highlight of the year for technology enthusiasts. This year was no different as Apple unveiled an array of subscriptions that will shift Apple's focus from product-based to service-based. Among the highlights were details of Apple's new subscription services including Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade. Apple News+ is available now; the other two subscriptions are expected to launch this fall. Let's take a look at what each of these services has to offer subscribers:
If your teams are already out of the NCAA tournament, we've got you covered with some riveting subscription headlines: Crunchyroll raises its monthly subscription price for the first time since its 2006 launch, and Pinterest files for an IPO.The New York Times and Washington Post pass on becoming part of Apple News. Also this week, Zuora adds five new patents for subscription services, Google starts a subscription lab for local publishers to develop paid content, and the new LA Times owner sets a goal of 5 million digital subscribers
Happy March! It is hard to believe that March is already here. We hope that means spring is just around the corner. While we wait to see if the groundhog was right, Variety explains why they believe subscriptions are the future of gaming, Broadcast Now tells us why Netflix is the SVOD to beat, The Spoon explores the future of third-party food delivery (hint: subscriptions), digital advertising is bigger than TV and print advertising, and Recode breaks down Apples rationale in asking news publishers for half their Apple News revenue - it wants to save journalism.
In this week's subscription headlines, MoviePass talks about acquiring movies, WhatsApp is creating accounts for businesses which could lead to revenue, and ADT shares drop 12 percent below its IPO price in its trading debut. Also this week, Spotify wants to reinvent podcasts, Sounds.com launches a new music sample subscription service, and free-to-play MMO Rift is adding a new subscription server free of loot boxes. …
In this weeks subscription news, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PCs with 100+ titles, Netflix increases prices by up to 20% in the U.K., and Tribune Publishing will pay $56 million in a special cash dividend to shareholders. Also this week, Google ends ad blocking in Chrome, Okta stock is on fire after its latest financial report, and Hertz launches a $1,000-a-month car subscription. No, thats not a typo - $1,000 a month.
Subscriptions continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, some positively and others negatively. In the last week, Playboy and Sacramento News & Review...
Apple has officially announced the launch of three Apple One subscription bundles ranging in price from $14.95 to $29.95.
Microsoft Corp. [NASDAQ: MSFT] came out of the gate strong in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2019, for the period ended September 30, 2018. The Redmond, Washington-based company reported revenue of $29.1 billion, an increase of 19 percent year-over-year, operating income of $10.0 billion, an increase of 29 percent year-over-year, and net income of $8.8 billion, a 34 percent increase year-over-year, and diluted earnings per share of $1.14, a 36 percent increase year-over-year.
Console makers are seeking long-term control of the seller/customer relationship, and they see subscription services as a way to lock in brand loyalty. Mobile game publishers are realizing that gamer patience for in-app ads and freemium upgrades is wearing thin. So there are strong incentives for both ends of the video game market to look at the Netflix model with envy. However, the analogy between games and filmed entertainment is not perfect, so game publishers face hurdles particular to their industry.
In this weeks subscription headlines, Apple introduces a grace period for lapsed app subscriptions, it looks like Quartz is going to lose money again this year, while Bloomberg Media plans to double subscriptions next year. Also, Salesforce.com continues its shopping spree, Google and Facebook are expanding their news initiatives, and Nintendo is going to allow Switch online subscription upgrades.