A full month into 2021 and bundles, business models and big tech trading barbs are among the subscription news headlines this week. Car and Driver reports that Volvo and Porsche are expanding their subscription programs, while other car companies struggle; Awful Announcing reports that Sports Illustrated is putting up a paywall for premium content; and Walmart wants to build a top-10 advertising platform. Also this week, Facebook is considering a newsletter service similar to Substack and Revue, WWE Network’s move to Peacock puts a spotlight on the challenges of niche streaming services, and Disney+ is launching an ad-free Hulu and ESPN+ bundle for less than $20 a month.
Disney+ Launches Ad-Free Hulu and ESPN+ Bundle for Less than $20 a Month
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Apple, Facebook Trade Barbs Over Privacy-Focused Business Models
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