July 1, 2020

Interesting Deals, Stats, & Product Updates Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  YouTube increased the price of its live OTT service YouTube Live by 30% to $64.99. (Read more) Music Spotify rolled out its $12.99/mo “Duo” discount bundle for two users at the same address in the US, India, and 53 other markets. (Read more) Discount plans like the Family and Student plans and […]

June 29, 2020

Hi everyone – I spoke with Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch about his strategy for expanding the longtime premium cable network into SVOD in the US and abroad, including user acquisition, pricing, and content localization efforts. Here’s the interview on TechCrunch. Interesting Deals, Stats, & Product Updates Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  SpringHill Co., the entertainment company led by basketball […]

June 24, 2020

(This is from today’s newsletter. You can subscribe here.) Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  Tencent is acquiring Iflix, a leading VOD service in Southeast Asia and the Middle East with 25M MAUs across 13 markets. (Read more) The Kuala Lumpur-based company raised $348M in outside funding since 2014. It’s IPO in Sydney was canceled when the market crashed due to […]

June 22, 2020

Hi everyone – hope the week is kicking off well.  Yesterday I published an article on Confronting Racial Bias in Video Games. Games are often overlooked in discussions of how media portrayals of different demographics affect real-world treatment of those groups. The biggest problem within gaming is that the homogeneity of game companies’ teams often results […]

June 16, 2020

Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  Tencent is reportedly exploring an acquisition of iQIYI, the Baidu-owned, Nasdaq-listed VOD service that has 119M subscribers (mainly in China). Tencent’s rival Tencent Video service has 112M paying subs. (Read more)  Hydrow, the Boston-based startup providing a subscription video service of rowing workout videos alongside a rowing machine (think Peleton for rowing), raised an additional $25M […]

June 15, 2020

This appeared in today’s newsletter. Subscribe here. Cineworld, the UK-based cinema giant, is backing out of its $1.65B acquisition of Canadian cinema chain Cineplex. (Read more) I wrote in this newsletter two years ago that cinema chains could be the basis for creating an “Amazon Prime of live entertainment”. Seeking a better biz model, cinema chains […]

June 10, 2020

Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  TV networks and SVOD services in the US are removing content that is seen as glorifying police violence (like COPS) or portraying slavery or racism in a positive like (like Gone With The Wind). Publishing Facebook launched its dedicated news section of the Facebook app, called Facebook News, for all US users today. (Read more)  NewsKKR informed […]

June 9, 2020

Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  Boom.tv — whose live-streaming platform targets small, amateur esports tournament — raised $10M in Series A funding from Bitkraft Esports Ventures, Crest Capital, and Pole To Win. (Read more)  Movie theaters in California are set to reopen (at 25% capacity) on June 12. Publishing Digiday reports that US and European publishers are bracing for a second wave of […]

June 5, 2020

Hi everyone – a very quiet Friday for media deals today. Take care this weekend! Interesting Deals, Stats, & Product Updates Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  Mediaset, the Italian TV giant, is demanding Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 commit to a plan to grow its core TV business at next week’s shareholder meeting. (Read more) ProSieben spent the last several years focused on developing its Nucom […]

June 4, 2020

(This was from today’s newsletter. Subscribe here.) Hi everyone – I got a late start today, so pardon the nighttime newsletter. I enjoyed this NYT profile of Zane Lowe, Apple Music’s Global Creative Director. He is one of the best interviewers in all of media, in my opinion. His long-form interviews make you feel like you’re a fly […]