Subscription Streaming Spending Tops 1 Billion in Q3 of 2014

No corporate demise of the past ten years was more evident than that of Blockbuster Video. The stores that were once ubiquitous across America were gone seemingly overnight, killed by the convenience of Netflix. While Blockbuster was the most famous casualty of the switch from physical to digital media, the numbers continue to grow favorably […]

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YouTube’s Music Key Jumps on the Ad-Free Subscription Bandwagon

Last week YouTube announced the launch of Music Key, a new premium subscription service that will let subscribers stream high-quality, ad-free music, videos, covers, playlists, remixes and more. Music Key will differentiate itself from services like Spotify and Pandora with unique features. For $9.99 a month, subscribers can listen to music with or without video, […]


Monthly Digital Subscription Costs Overtaking Cable Television

Monthly digital subscription costs are overtaking those of Cable TV, and not many consumers seem to care. The growing devolution of paid television consumption continues as subscribers leave cable in growing numbers. According to Frank N. Magrid Associates, 2.9% of paying TV customers are “very likely” to cancel their service in the year ahead, up […]

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Microsoft Offers Refunds to Subscribers After Making Office 365 Free on Mobile Platforms

Shortly after announcing third quarter results, including a gain of 1.5 million subscribers, Microsoft made an unexpected move – it started offering the mobile version of Office 365 to consumers for FREE. Starting November 6, consumers can now download Office 365 for iPads, iPhones and Google Android devices for free. Moreover, users can now create […]

Economist Launches a Daily Jolt of News with Economist Espresso

Economist Launches a Daily Jolt of News with Economist Espresso

On November 6, The Economist announced the launch of The Economist Espresso, a daily jolt of concise news specifically for smartphone users. Available in three editions – the Americas, Europe and Asia –Espresso will offer mobile subscribers a weekday morning briefing of global news stories and market updates that can be consumed in five minutes […]

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Are Subscription Models Next for Academic Textbooks?

Ask anyone who attended college what their largest expense was after tuition and they are most likely to tell you, aside from adult beverages, that textbook purchases burned the largest hole in their wallet. There are signs, however, that the time-honored tradition of purchasing seemingly hundreds of pounds of paper at the beginning of the […]

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Toronto Star Abandons Paywall for Free Tablet Edition with a $14 Million Price Tag

Last week Canada’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, announced its plans to tear down its subscriber paywall in favor of a free digital tablet edition. The investment, which could cost as much as $14 million, will occur over the course of the next year and will be done in partnership with La Presse, which launched […]

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With 731,000 Subscribers, WWE Falls Short of Goals for New Streaming Video Service

In February of this year, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) promised to give wrestling fans 24/7 access to their favorite wrestlers and events by switching from a pay-per-view revenue model to an over-the-top (OTT) subscription model. As we reported in January, the new 24-hour streaming WWE Network offers scheduled programming, exclusive content including 12 live events, […]


Jill Abramson Seeks to Create Subscription Site for Long Form Journalism

Despite her rather ignominious departure as executive editor of The New York Times earlier this year, Jill Abramson is rolling the dice on a new journalistic venture. The unnamed startup is in the very early stages of development, but Abramson and co-founder Steven Brill have said in multiple interviews that they’re betting on something potentially […]


LinkedIn Posts $4.3 Million Loss in Q3, But Revenue, Membership & Premium Subscriptions Are Up

In LinkedIn’s third quarter earnings report, the online professional network posted a net loss of $4.3 million, compared to a $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2013. Despite the loss, LinkedIn saw big jumps in other categories. Revenue was up 45% to $568 million, and premium subscriptions totaled $114 million, a 43% increase year […]