Tag Archives: Freeium

Amazon is Reportedly Bringing Ad-Supported TV to Prime Video

Citing several “executives familiar with the conversations,” AdAge claims that the push to bring a version of Prime that includes commercials is well underway. “Amazon is talking about giving content creators their own channels, and sharing ad revenue in exchange for a set number of hours of content each week,” one of the sources said. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo http://ift.tt/2icClMS

Roku Channel Highlights Best Free Content

The new channel simply called “The Roku Channel” is an ad supported content aggregation tool that pulls together free content from a number of sources so that viewers can just pop in and see something to watch. […] As of now The Roku Channel will feature content from current Roku partners American Classics, Fandor, Filmrise, Nosey, OVGuide, Popcornflix, Vidmark, and YUYU. Expect more channels to partner up over time. – Ryan Downey, The Streaming Advisor http://ift.tt/2xb7vNw

Spotify might severely limit free streaming, report says

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According to a Digital Music News report citing unnamed sources, [Spotify] is most likely to make the change sometime early next year. But the sources warn that the modalities have yet to be worked out, and a number of different plans are currently under consideration. Apparently, the streaming-music giant is deliberating whether to make entire albums inaccessible to non-paying users, or to have a system where they’re still able to access some songs from a particular album. Time-limited exclusivity is also an option. The report suggests the final implementation could even be a combination of the above approaches. – Pulkit Chandna, TechHive

Kobalt boss defends Spotify: ‘This attitude that we should kill streaming is a huge mistake’

Streaming music service Spotify is under pressure from some major labels to restrict the free version of its service, as Apple Inc. prepares to launch a subscription-only competitor. Now the boss of music publisher Kobalt Music Group is warning those labels to rethink their strategy. […] Kobalt’s main business is collecting royalties for songwriters and music publishers, although it also has a “label services” division that works with artists including Nick Cave, Lenny Kravitz, Placebo and Best Coast to release music. Spotify is under pressure over its freemium model, but Kobalt’s CEO has defended it. – Stuart Dredge, The Guardian  

Latest IFPI Global Digital Music Report: Streaming Subscribers Now At 41 Million

The IFPI, the organization that represents record companies across the globe, just released its annual Global Digital Music Report showing that worldwide digital music sales equaled physical sales for the first time. Digital revenues grew 6.9% last year to $6.9 billion USD, which represents 46% of total revenue, exactly the same as physical sales of CDs and vinyl. […] The IFPI report estimates that a full 20% of Internet users still visited unlicensed music P2P file sharing networks, cyberlockers and aggregators, down from 26% in 2013. It’s entirely possible for that number to increase again if a free streaming option is no longer available, making music piracy once again a front burner issue. – Bobby Owsinski, Forbes