Weekly Subscription News: Tests, Teams and Times

Featuring YouTube, Walmart, Twitter, Washington Post and The Guardian

In addition to all the second quarter 2021 financials, there were some big subscription headlines this past week. YouTube is testing a ‘Premium Lite’ subscription to make ad-free viewing available for less, News Corp is buying an oil price information service for $1.15 billion, and Dallas Morning News’ parent sees its first year-over-year increase in subscription revenue in six years. Also, Walmart is offering subscription services through its partnership with Adobe, in a sign of the times, the Washington Post hires its first Chief Subscription Officer, and the New York Times postpones a return to the office indefinitely, thanks to the COVID-19 Delta variant.

YouTube ‘Premium Lite’ Subscription Offers Ad-Free Viewing for Less
The Verge

Walmart Offers Subscription Services Through Adobe Partnership
Multichannel Merchant

News Corp to Acquire Oil Price Information Service for $1.15 Billion
Media Post

Twitter ‘Aqui-Hires’ Team from Subscription News App ‘Brief’
TechCrunch

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