Why wait for the incumbent TV and cable operators to wake up?
Greg Sandoval for The Verge writes that Spotify plans to ask labels for the rights to extend its free tier to mobile devices and make substantial cuts to the royalty fees it pays artists. It’s an expected, perhaps even necessary, move as it tries to build a business with a model that has yet to reach profitability, but it marks the latest in a worrying trend of music subscription services—a model that’s undoubtedly here to stay—going to great lengths to pay artists as little as possible.
This industry is terrible enough already without growing companies ruining it further. Spotify should be fighting to pay artists more, not less.
Speaking of HBO, the company shook up its digital team something fierce today.
Netflix is racing towards a streaming video, on-demand future where it carriers something for everyone, whether HBO comes along for the ride or not. Read more →
“The industry has evolved so that TV Everywhere and subscription video on-demand services can coexist with the appropriate windowing strategy,” Deborah Bradley, Turner’s senior vice president of program acquisitions, said in a written statement. “Windowing” is the film and TV … Read more →
“I’m not going back and doing to any of my movies that are now coming out on Blu-ray what I did when “E.T.” was reissued for the third time and I made some digital changes in the picture. I’m not … Read more →
A third of the world gives up mobile phones and notebooks for internet implants. What could possibly go wrong? This is a new web series from John Cabrera (of Gilmore Girls), powered by Warner Brothers, with an ambitious format: 48 … Read more →
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Goodfil.ms: Netflix Quietly Smothers 3rd Party App Ecosystem On its blog, Goodfil.ms details the actual changes Netflix made to its policies and gives you a birds-eye view: This looks to us like a play to keep users from moving their … Read more →
Hulu, Fox move to change model of free TV streaming – New York Post All that potential, squandered. Instead of moving forward, Hulu is going to help the cable providers take another gasp of air for their dying TV subscription … Read more →