NBCUniversal will be the exclusive U.S. seller for open advertising inventory on Apple’s News app and will work with Apple to develop new advertising products so marketers and publishers can better take advantage of the platform.
Apple’s News app comes pre-installed on all iOS devices and will give NBCU access to a massive user base estimated at more than 70 million active monthly users.
In case you missed it -- not surprising in the whirlwind of industry change -- this is a reminder about new requirements for iOS apps. Apple announced earlier this year that it would require that App Transport Security (ATS) be turned on for all apps in the App store. While Apple's original deadline for this requirement was Jan.
Turns out streaming may not be the death knell of traditional media after all.
The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) said that retail revenues in the music industry increased about 1% last year, to nearly $7 billion, and attributes much of the growth to paid subscription streaming services like Spotify. Paid subscription streaming brought in $1.2 billion in 2015, an increase of 52% Y/Y, which more than offset losses from physical media and digital downloads.
In this week's Videomind podcast, Hack and Flack sling the hash on the most recent spate of cable company earnings that came with surprise subscriber increases, executive moves at AT&T and Dish, continued M&A rumors swirling around Apple, Netflix, Time Warner and Hulu, and the NFL courting streaming partners for Thursday Night Football. It's the most scintillating discussion you'll hear all week; you'll want to listen again and again.
Usually, July is the silly season where rumors are rampant because there’s just no news coming out of the tech world. But today, Netflix’s share price has popped more than 5% on rumors Apple may be interested in acquiring it. Has a new silly season started? Probably.
The source of the minor price run up was a Forbes article yesterday that’s been picked up and reshaped by a number of media outlets and, so, Boom!, a rumor with legs.
Sling TV is expected to pass 2 million subscribers by the end of the year, a pretty heady achievement for an over-the-top service that has yet to hit its content groove.
The Dish Network unit had just 240,000 subscribers at the end of the first half of 2015, and added – perhaps – another 155,000 by the end of Q3.
Google, Apple, Yahoo and Amazon are among the digital partners the NFL has sent RFPs to as it puts the rights to Thursday Night Football back on the auction block, according to a published report.
Sports Business Daily is reporting that the league is looking to craft a one-year deal with a league option for a second year, leaving room for a quick change as the marketplace evolves.
New reports say Apple is suspending its efforts to create an over-the-top Internet television service, deciding instead to make it easier for content owners to go direct to consumers through its App Store.
CBS Chief Les Moonves Tuesday said Apple had put the project on hold, during a discussion at the Business Insider Ignition conference, adding that he believes the company will eventually move forward with the plan.
Waiting for your new Apple TV? You aren’t alone, as Apple CEO Tim Cook, during its quarterly earnings call with analysts Tuesday said sales for the new device had a “huge first day,” becoming available for pre-order on Apple’s online storefront.
CBS CEO Les Moonves, during an appearance on Bloomberg TV, said the network would likely reach an agreement to sell Apple content for its proposed streaming service.
But, he said, the timing for the service remains up in the air.
“Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves said. “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I do not know when.”
The other shoe for Apple’s TV intentions may finally be about to drop, as Variety is reporting the company is looking to expand its desires to be a force in the entertainment industry by following Amazon, Netflix and Hulu into original content.
Variety, quoting unnamed sources, says Apple’s not ready to commit any of its $200 billion in cash reserves to new content production – yet – but said representatives have been making the rounds with Hollywood types.