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Public radio is seeing a shift in digital listening: Live streaming is slowing, on-demand is growing

On-demand listening now accounts for one-third of all digital listening hours for station content, NPR said. On average, users download 40 minutes of audio each month, according to an NPR study of 161 member stations. In April, nearly 2 million hours of on-demand audio were downloaded from local stations. – Joseph Lichterman, Nieman Journalism Lab

Music labels are reportedly pressuring Spotify to limit free streaming

The labels may seek to limit the amount of music users can listen to without paying up. Or they might hope to limit all free streaming to Pandora-like radio stations instead of on-demand music. Spotify and Rdio both allow for unlimited free on-demand streaming on computers, but limit mobile streaming to shuffled, radio-like services. Paid subscribers get full mobile streaming, offline access, higher quality, and no ads. – Dante D’Orazio, The Verge
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What’s New On VOD: ‘A Most Violent Year’, ‘Unbroken’, And More

Check out what’s just been added to VUDU, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and other on-demand platforms. – Olivia Armstrong, Decider

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ProSiebenSat.1 says could sell a stake in Maxdome streaming service

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 does not rule out a partnership for its fast-growing online video streaming service Maxdome, which competes with Amazon and Netflix in the nascent market, a senior executive at the firm said on Wednesday. Last week the Handelsblatt newspaper said that cable group Liberty Global was in talks to buy a 50 percent stake in Germany’s biggest streaming service. […] The video on demand market is expected to expand to about 480 million euros (382.53 million pounds) by 2018, up from 198 million euros last year, according to data from lobby group Bundesverband Audiovisuelle Medien. […] But the company, which was founded five years ago, currently makes a loss in the order of single-digit millions of euros per year and Wenger said Maxdome’s break-even level would be at around 700,00-800,000 customers. – Leila Abboud,Reuters
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Now Streaming: ‘Sabotage’ on Netflix, ‘The Wind Rises’ on VOD

November 19 brings David Ayer’s “Sabotage” (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), which received mixed reviews but its share of defenders for its uncompromising violence and depiction of grief and psychological stress among those fighting the War on Drugs. […] [C]oming to Movies On Demand on November 18. […] Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, “The Wind Rises,” about engineer and aeronautical designer Jiro Horikoshi, his passion for designing planes and the impact of their designs on Japan’s military in World War II. The film is undoubtedly Miyazaki’s most controversial, with some calling it a glorification of military aggression, but his images remain stunning and the film’s central questions worth wrestling with. – Max O’Connell,indieWIRE
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Cable Boxes are Screwing Independent Filmmakers. Google to the Rescue?

[I]f someone’s heard of your film, in order to actually find it on their cable box, they must: 1) know they have On Demand in the first place, 2) know where to find On Demand, 3) know which particular On Demand channel to search on, 4) know to search for several abbreviated versions of the title if they don’t find it initially, and 5) remember their PIN code to make the purchase, if they ever set it up in first place, and if they didn’t, know the default PIN code. Going through those steps, you go from 75% to 50% to 25% to 10% to 5% of the customers. By the time you narrow down the customer base to people who fit all of those criteria, we’ve already lost most of your potential viewers. […] When Google announced their first foray into TV four years ago, I wrote, optimistically, “Google TV is what independent filmmakers have been waiting for.” In retrospect, I couldn’t have been more wrong, because in turned out no one was waiting for Google TV — or, at least, no one was buying it. Google tried again with their Roku-esque dongle Chromecast, but that was never going to disrupt the industry except by lowering the price of entry. […] Microsoft is trying with the Xbox (which unfortunately has to resort to IR-blasting), Apple has long had a rumored next-gen TV product in the works, and now Google is trying again with its new Nexus Player, which runs the latest version of Android TV. Similar to how Google launches unbranded Nexus phones as an example of best practices for Android phones, the Nexus Player is an unbranded example of what other manufacturers can do with Android TV. – Ryan Koo,No Film School 
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Drop Everything: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Just Hit Vimeo

Eighty episodes of the beloved cult-comedy movie commentary series, Mystery Science Theater 3000, are now available on Vimeo. […] Similar to Amazon Instant Video, episode rentals start at $2.99, so you can pick and choose your favorites. […] The series originally aired on a local channel in rural Minnesota back in 1989 before getting picked up by Comedy Central and then Syfy. It lasted a whopping 11 seasons before touching back down to Earth and closing up shop for good. – Olivia Armstrong,Decider 
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TV is increasingly for old people

The median age of a broadcast or cable television viewer during the 2013-2014 TV season was 44.4 years old, a 6 percent increase in age from four years earlier. Audiences for the major broadcast network shows are much older and aging even faster, with a median age of 53.9 years old, up 7 percent from four years ago. […] For younger audiences, control over when and where they watch has driven the trend away from traditional television. Live television viewing was down 13 percent for all ages except for viewers 55 years and older, who are steadily watching their shows at their scheduled broadcast time. – Cecilia Kang,Washington Post
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