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  1. Shazam Taps TV Veteran Patricia Parra As New CMO

    June 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Song-identifying app developer Shazam Entertainment is trying to establish itself as a complement to television as well as music. To that end, it hired its third experienced TV executive for a C-level position, naming former Hulu and HBO exec Patr ...

  2. Criterion Collection, Hulu Extend Video Streaming Deal

    April 16, 2014 12:47 AM EDT The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films. Terms of the deal, revealed exclusively to The Associated Press, weren' ...

  3. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  4. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  5. Google, VEVO, AOL Top Ranking of Online Video Destinations and Ad Servers

    November 15, 2013 2:55 PM EST Digital metrics company comScore has released its rankings of October's top ten video content destinations, ad servers, and YouTube partners, parsing the viewing habits of 189 million Americans, representing 87% of the American internet aud ...

  6. Blockbuster to Close Remaining 300 Stores in U.S.

    November 07, 2013 5:51 AM EST What's left of Blockbuster's company-owned storefronts in the United States will be shuttered by early 2014.  On Wednesday, Dish Network said that the formerly dominant video rental retailer will close its roughly 300 stores and distri ...

  7. Public Libraries Launch Media Streaming Service, 300k Albums Available

    October 02, 2013 12:40 PM EDT There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought ...

  8. Hulu Sale Called Off

    July 12, 2013 6:18 PM EDT The on-again, off-again sale of Hulu is off - again. Hulu's owners, 21st Century Fox, Disney and NBCUniversal, said Friday that they will remain owners of the online video service, while providing a cash infusion of about $750 million to en ...

  9. Hulu Owners Looking to Finalize Deal Within Two Weeks (Report)

    July 09, 2013 7:02 AM EDT The current owners of online video destination Hulu will sort through binding bids received by the end of last week and hope to finalize a deal in the next week or two, the Wall Street Journal reported. One person familiar with the sales process ...

  10. Study: Global Entertainment Industry Poised to Top $2 Trillion in 2016

    June 05, 2013 11:39 AM EDT Services like Netflix and Hulu will help keep the U.S. as the biggest entertainment market in the world for the foreseeable future, says PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite headlines extolling the booming entertainment and media markets of China, Br ...

  11. Freemium: Making Money by Giving Away the Goods (Research)

    May 21, 2013 6:36 PM EDT For years, music has operated on selling things -- vinyl, cassettes, CDs and now downloads. Then came advertising on radio and elsewhere. But there’s a third way -- freemium, a combination of free and premium offerings. Examples of this in music ...

  12. Business Matters: Market Is Ready for YouTube Subscription Channels

    May 10, 2013 4:41 PM EDT Questions popped up as soon as YouTube unveiled its paid subscription channels Thursday. Will people pay a monthly fee to watch videos on YouTube? What will the impact be on cable TV? Can YouTube compete with Netflix? YouTube has been an adverti ...

  13. Lucian Grainge, Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Join DreamWorks Animation's Board of Directors

    April 16, 2013 1:19 PM EDT DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced that Lucian Grainge and Jason Kilar will be nominated to the company's board of directors at its upcoming annual meeting of shareholders. Grainge is chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group. He joine ...

  14. ASCAP Reports 2012 Financials: Distributed $827 Million

    March 04, 2013 3:32 PM EST ASCAP collected $941 million in revenue last year, down 4.5% from its 2011 total of $982 million. But royalty payments increased slightly to $827 million, up from $824 million in the previous year. This article first appeared in Billboard Mag ...

  15. 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit Concert Aims for 2 Billion Viewers Worldwide

    December 12, 2012 3:45 PM EST Wednesday evening's commercial-free "12-12-12" concert for Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden in New York will be seen both around the world and around the World Wide Web. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & ...

  16. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 1:46 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a who's who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Ma ...

  17. Online Video Going Long, Live and Mobile: Ooyala Study

    November 15, 2012 3:00 AM EST Just two years ago, conventional wisdom held that online videos should not last longer than three minutes because viewers have the attention span of a LOL cat. Fast forward to this fall, and 30% of total video viewing time on tablet devices are sp ...

  18. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  19. Google Search Rankings Will Penalize Sites With Removal Notices

    August 10, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Google will start taking into account valid copyright removal notices in its search algorithms. The change, to be made next week, means sites that receive a high number of copyright infringements notices from rights holders could see their search ...

  20. Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO

    July 16, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Yahoo named longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer its new CEO, replacing Ross Levinsohn, who has been interim CEO since May. The move took by surprise the many Wall Street analysts who had assumed Yahoo's board would stick with Levinsohn, a ...

  21. Viacom Blocks Online Episodes in DirecTV Carriage Fee Dispute

    July 12, 2012 8:36 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Viacom is ramping up its war with DirecTV over how much it is paid for shows including "The Daily Show" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Unfortunately, its latest tactic is causing some collateral damage. Viacom on ...

  22. Business Matters: Tablet Owners Love Online Video

    June 08, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Tablet Owners Watch More Online Video Than Smartphone Owners Here's some good news for YouTube, Vevo and any other company betting there's a business for streaming online video: tablet owners are far more likely to watch online videos th ...

  23. EDMBiz Recap: Skrillex's RE:Generation; Perry Farrell Gets Held Up; TheAudience's Online Insights

    June 08, 2012 12:32 PM EDT LAS VEGAS - The first day of Insomniac Events' inaugural EDMBiz - a hastily arranged, two-day conference for the electronic dance music industry, leading into to the promotion company's marquis festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, June 8-1 ...

  24. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  25. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  26. Business Matters: Spotify's Reported $4 Billion Valuation in Perspective

    March 26, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Spotify Looking For Billions In Funding Spotify is reported to be seeking funding of $3.5 billion, according to Business Insider , or $4 billion, according to the Financial Times . The company has over 10 million active users, well over 3 million ...

  27. ASCAP Revenues Up, Operating Expenses Down

    March 08, 2012 9:55 AM EST ASCAP has posted a 5.3% increase in revenue to $985 million from the $935 million that the company reported in 2010. Moreover, the organization's operating expense ratio declined by two percentage points to 11.9%. That means the performance r ...

  28. Doritos, H&M, Chrysler Take Top Super Bowl Ad Honors -- Pepsi's Elton Ad Tops Music

    February 06, 2012 12:53 PM EST As Twitter reached record highs last night - 9,420 sports-related tweets per second, according to Twitter's blog - many brands clamored to lead the conversation in the ever-fickle social media-sphere. According to BrandBowl, a real-time analy ...

  29. Sony Reports $2 Billion Loss in Third Quarter

    February 02, 2012 11:18 AM EST TOKYO - Sony announced net losses of 159 billion yen ($2.04 billion) for the third quarter, while Sir Howard Stringer defended his record as CEO as he handed over the reins to Kazuo Hirai. The end of year period should be the company's best q ...

  30. Apps Reshaping Digital Media Consumption At 2012 CES

    January 13, 2012 8:50 AM EST App -titude test: The floor of the 2012 CES Convention Hall in Las Vegas Las Vegas -- The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all about gadgets. But as this year's confab demonstrated, some of the most excitin ...

  31. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  32. Business Matters: Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence

    January 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence -- Watch for Onesheet to become a favored tool in 2012 for building an online presence among musicians and other creative types. Launched in August by ArtistData founder Brenden Mulli ...

  33. Spotify, Mog, Rdio: Subscription Services Ride Freemium To New Heights In 2011

    December 08, 2011 7:20 AM EST The most important digital music developments of 2011 have a sum greater than their parts. When combined with the world's biggest social network, the "freemium" business model helped give music subscriptions services a much-needed k ...

  34. Business Matters: The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

    October 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT The Orchard Branches Out Into Action Sports Video -- Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will b ...

  35. Hulu Takes Itself Off the Auction Block

    October 13, 2011 10:33 PM EDT Hulu's months-long effort to find a buyer has been unsuccessful. Owners of the popular company that lets users watch TV shows and movies on-demand via the Internet said late Thursday they have "terminated the sale process." News Cor ...

  36. Yahoo Withdraws Hulu Bid (Report)

    October 11, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK - Yahoo, which made an initial approach that kicked off a sales process for online joint venture Hulu, has withdrawn from the bidding process, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The auction continues with satellite TV firm Dish Netw ...

  37. Business Matters: Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital

    October 07, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital -- Spotify is now available through Western Digital TV media players. For those of you unfamiliar with Western Digital, the company makes set-top boxes that connect a TV to the Internet (think Ap ...

  38. Vevo, iHeartRadio Among New Partners for Microsoft's Xbox Live

    October 05, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft's Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season. Nearly 40 companies ...

  39. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Today

    September 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different - it has a chance to be more than a wannabe. A ...

  40. Girl Talk Q&A: On Morgan Spurlock's Hulu Doc, Self-Management, Not Being the 'Usher of Laptop Music'

    September 26, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Gregg Gillis is not your average musician. He doesn't have a manager. He doesn't get much exposure from the mainstream media. His albums have a legal gray cloud hanging over them with their copious samples. And his latest tour "hasn ...

  41. Music, Media Firms Pin Hopes On New Facebook Ties

    September 23, 2011 8:19 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Music and media companies are pinning fresh hopes for reviving their businesses on a small ribbon that Facebook has begun putting on user profiles called the "ticker." The new, slim stream of updates automatically list ...

  42. Business Matters: Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music?

    August 12, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music? -- Believe it or not, people actually interact with QR codes, those odd-looking, super-pixelated boxes you see in newspaper and magazine ads, posters and postcards. According to comScore, more t ...

  43. Business Matters: Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells Its Tickets, Too

    August 03, 2011 4:58 PM EDT Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells its Tickets, Too - Live Nation has backed online rewards company Lockerz . Other investors in the $36 million Series C funding round include DAG Ventures, Liberty Media, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield ...

  44. Wal-Mart Offers Video Streaming Via Vudu Post Netflix Price Increases

    July 26, 2011 8:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Now playing: Movies at Walmart.com. The world's largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc ...

  45. Netflix Stock Drops After Quarterly Earnings Report Release

    July 25, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Shares of Netflix, which bucked Wall Street's downward trend on Monday during the regular session, fell as much as 10% in after-hours trading upon release of quarterly earnings data. The company also suggested slower growth in the near term, ...

  46. Apple Considering Offer to Buy Hulu (Report)

    July 22, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Apple is considering making an offer for the online video service Hulu, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing sources. The company is said to be in early talks to buy the site, which is owned by Walt Disney, News Corp., Comcast's NBCUniversal a ...

  47. Why Tim Vanderhook Paid $35 Mil for MySpace (Q&A)

    July 14, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Few in Hollywood had heard of Specific Media, an online advertising network led by CEO Tim Vanderhook, until it came out of left field in late June to buy News Corp.'s troubled social networking platform MySpace for $35 million. The Irvine, C ...

  48. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

  49. Spotify U.S. Is Probably Launching This Week: What Can We Expect?

    July 11, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The long wait could be over this week: According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Next come the media coverage, the product reviews and the wait to see if Spotify lives up to its billing. Before the launc ...

  50. Business Matters: Games Top Mobile Apps Category, Music Fifth

    July 06, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Gaming Tops Mobile Apps; Music, Not So Much -- Games are the most popular category of mobile apps but music isn't too far behind, according to new figures released by Nielsen. Game apps have been used by 64% of app downloads in the previous 3 ...

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