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  1. Business Matters: DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest In Pandora

    June 28, 2011 8:47 PM EDT DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest in Pandora -- According to numerous media reports, satellite television operator DISH Network may buy an interest in, or outright acquire, personalized Internet radio company Pandora Media. The comment made by ...

  2. Vevo Viewing Sessions Up Nearly 200% Since January

    June 24, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Music video network Vevo is getting more views from music fans, according to comScore statistics. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, the company is one of the top online video ...

  3. Hulu Considering Putting Itself Up For Sale

    June 22, 2011 7:15 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Online video service Hulu is exploring putting itself up for sale after receiving an unsolicited takeover offer, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The offer was large enough to make Hulu's board review the deal and c ...

  4. Can Spotify and Hulu Move Forward Without Killing The Businesses They Rely On?

    June 14, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Traditional media wants to embrace streaming content. But for Spotify and Hulu , two leaders in on-demand music and TV, popularity with consumers often equals infamy with the media executives who rely on albums and primetime ads to make money. Str ...

  5. More Ads Hit Online TV as Web Audiences Grow

    June 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - One of the rewards of watching TV online is not having to sit through as many commercials. Now the networks are chipping away at that little luxury. CBS shows twice as many ads per show on its website as it did last year. The CW netw ...

  6. YouTube Adds 3,000 Movies for Rental Debut

    May 09, 2011 1:30 PM EDT YouTube is adding more than 3,000 movies for its users to rent starting on Monday, along with the millions of free user-created videos the popular website is best known for. Google Inc-owned YouTube is offering a mix of older Hollywood blockbuster ...

  7. Sony Releases Crackle App for Apple Devices

    April 19, 2011 7:34 AM EDT Sony Pictures said Monday it has released iPad, iPhone and iPod apps for its Crackle Web site, which offers hundreds of TV and movie titles for free viewing on-demand with ads. Crackle's content includes movies from Columbia Pictures, TriStar ...

  8. Business Matters: Is Intocable The New Radiohead?

    April 13, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Intocable Is the New Radiohead -- Add Tejano/Norteño band Intocable to the list of successful bands that have left the major label system and gone independent. It's not a household name among the music cognoscenti, but it should be. A handful ...

  9. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Claims 5 Million Registered Users

    April 06, 2011 5:39 PM EDT An Enormous Band of Pirates -- The five millionth user account was created at The Pirate Bay on Monday, according to TorrentFreak. For the world's most notorious BitTorrent site, a constant thorn in the side of music companies, five million m ...

  10. Hulu on Pace to Top 1 Million Subscribers

    April 05, 2011 11:46 AM EDT Internet video company Hulu is on track to nearly double its revenue to $500 million and bring its subscriber count to more than 1 million this year, its top executive wrote in a blog post on Monday. Hulu Chief Executive Officer Jason Kilar also s ...

  11. Business Matters: Rebecca Black Continues To Rake In Cash

    March 30, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Rebecca Black Rakes It In (Modestly) -- In case you hadn't read about sudden teen sensation Rebecca Black lately, here's an update on her numbers. "Friday" sold 50,000 units last week, bringing its two-week total to 87,000, acc ...

  12. Business Matters: Hastings, A Brick-And-Mortar Retailer That's Actually Posting A Profit

    March 21, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Brick-And-Mortar Retailer Posts Profit (Yes, You Read That Right) -- Hastings has turned in numbers that show not all brick-and-mortar retailers are flailing these days. The company posted a profit of $3.9 million on revenues of $160.5 million in ...

  13. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth

    March 14, 2011 9:40 PM EDT The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth -- Free, ad-supported videos are one of the few truly bright spots in digital music right now. YouTube has become a dominating force in listening, viewing and discovery. Vevo, the Universal Music Group/Sony Mu ...

  14. Microsoft's Kinect Gaming System Sells 10 Million, Sets World Record

    March 09, 2011 4:11 PM EST Microsoft not only has a hit on its hands with the Kinect motion-based gaming system: It's got a Guinness World Record. The company today revealed it has sold 10 million Kinect devices worldwide for the Xbox 360 system. Eight million of those ...

  15. Biz Matters: Why Selling 10,000 Albums Ain't What It Used to Be, Ask Wavves or Delorean

    February 16, 2011 2:00 PM EST Why Selling 10,000 Albums Ain't What It Used to Be, Just Ask Delorean or Wavves -- The number of albums selling over 10,000 units dropped to 1,215 in 2010, according to Digital Music News' coverage of the New Music Seminar in L.A. That w ...

  16. Comcast - NBC Universal Merge, Create $30 Billion Media Behemoth

    January 30, 2011 9:52 AM EST Comcast Corp has completed its takeover of NBC Universal, creating a $30 billion media behemoth that controls not just how television shows and movies are made but how they are delivered to people's homes. In a statement on Saturday, Comcast ...

  17. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  18. Ian Rogers CEO Topspin Plays .Biz's Two Questions In A Bar Game @ MIDEM

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Since many of the best conversations at MIDEM happen at bars in the wee hours, Billboard decided to pick the brain of Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin while at a boite in Cannes. Rogers is widely considered a legitimate digital music star. When he' ...

  19. A Glimpse At Future Livestreaming Services @MIDEM 2011

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Shows like MIDEM are full of companies looking to strike deals and make partnerships, but not yet ready to discuss on the record the details of their products. So we wind up having many meetings on background with companies plann ...

  20. Will The Comcast-NBC Universal Deal Get FCC Approval Today?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Federal Communications Commission may approve Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of NBC Universal Tuesday, according to reports. Citing what it called "people close to the review," the Wall Street Journal said four of the FCC ...

  21. Business Matters: Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$ Why has Spotify taken so long to launch? Money, sources tell The Telegraph. "Extremely high cash advances" demanded by record labels, an unnamed senior music executive says. (No ind ...

  22. Comedy Central's Daily Show & Colbert Report Negotiating Online Video Return to Hulu

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report could soon return to online video site Hulu after a payment disagreement led to their removal in early 2010, the New York Times reported Monday. Executives from Hulu and ...

  23. Comcast/NBC Universal Deal Delayed, Still Awaiting FCC & DOJ Approval

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Comcast Corp's NBC Universal purchase will be delayed until at least next month, with federal regulators taking longer than the companies had hoped to sort through the deal. NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker, who will leave the compan ...

  24. Business Matters: Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI?

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI? -- Now that Citigroup's takeover of EMI seems to be a near certainty, it's time for the pundits to ponder possible acquirers. If history offers any lesson it is that Apple and Google will be frequently c ...

  25. Hulu Puts IPO on Hold

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hulu has put on hold plans to raise money through an initial stock offering, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. One reason execs at the online video service have decided not to proceed with an IPO is that Hulu does not hav ...

  26. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  27. Business Matters: Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy -- A staff-written op-ed at The Harvard Crimson, the university's student-run paper, calls for a "sensible compromise" with content owners in the fight against piracy. It seems the Mo ...

  28. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  29. Business Matters: Spotify, eMusic, DVD Sales, Hulu

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Should Spotify Launch Without All The Majors? -- The latest rumor – just a rumor – about Spotify has the company considering a U.S. launch without one or more of the four major record labels. The ...

  30. Paula Abdul To Launch Casting Website

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Step Inside. Be Discovered. That is the tag line of online discovery platform AuditionBooth, co-founded by former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul to connect aspiring talents with casting directors, producers and managers. A beta test s ...

  31. Hulu Revenue to Top $240 Million in 2010

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST On Thursday Hulu CEO Jason Kilar revealed the online video service will reach revenues of $240 million in 2010. That’s a huge increase from 2009 revenue of $108 million, which he also disclosed at GigaOm’s NewTeeVee conference, and shows an ad-sup ...

  32. Univision Targets Vevo, Hulu With New Site

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Univision has rolled out an all-music site, Música. It will serve as a challenger to upstart music hub Vevo, which has been a hit with Hispanics, as well as Hulu, which has limited content targeted to that audience. According to Univision’s resear ...

  33. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  34. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  35. Billboard Q&A: Former Disney Chief Michael Eisner

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During Michael Eisner's 21 years as CEO of the Walt Disney Co., he transformed it from a rudderless operator of theme parks and a family-friendly film studio into a diversified media conglomerate. Since stepping down as Disney's chief ex ...

  36. Business Matters: Zune, Jonas Brothers, Redbox and more

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ZUNE SERVICE TO LAUNCH IN UK? -- Rumors are circulating that Microsoft will launch the Zune Pass music service in the U.K. in a few weeks. WMPoweruser posted a screen shot of a Zune Pass sign-up page that shows pricing options in British pounds st ...

  37. Business Matters: EMI Pension Fund, Fake Reviews, Bananarama

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S PENSION PROBLEMS -- It would be ironic if EMI 's biggest problems came not from its debt but from a liability unrelated to the credit bubble or the recorded music downturn: its pension fund. As ( Billboard.biz has reported ), the U ...

  38. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Hulu, Apple and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Ticketmaster now has more pricing transparency in its ticket search process , Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff revealed in a Twitter post. It’s not all-in pricing, but it’s ...

  39. Wall Street Lukewarm To Hulu IPO Plans

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News that Hulu is talking to investment banks about an IPO that could value it at more than $2 billion is a mouth-watering prospect for bankers. After all, the last huge, true Hollywood IPO was that of DreamWorks Animation in 2004. But the news of ...

  40. What Consumers Are Saying About The iPad

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In an age when technological devices can achieve rock-star status, the launch of the iPad managed to attach "mania" to the brand's name as a popular suffix. (Try a Google search for the ungainly neologism "iPadmania" and y ...

  41. Study: Online Video Consumption Continues To Climb

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New data from Nielsen shows that online video viewing continues to climb. Just-released June data shows that more than 10 billion videos were streamed during the month in the U.S. alone, which is a 1.3% increase over the same period last year and ...

  42. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  43. Hulu Launches Subscription Service

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hulu users looking to catch up on past episodes of the likes of "Glee," "House" and other hit shows will have to pay for the service now that the popular video hub has launched a pay service for some of its content. Hulu Plus i ...

  44. Business Matters: AEG + Majors?, Bronfman Trial, A Look at Rdio and more

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MAJORS BUYING INTO AEG? -- According to the New York Post, AEG is in talks with major record labels about taking a minority stake in the company. The talks could result in either a sale to one of the major music companies or possibly a consortium ...

  45. Vevo Passes Hulu In Users, Finds Hispanic Niche

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Vevo launched last December, the music video-centric joint venture—backed by competing record companies Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, investor Abu Dhabi Media, and even Google’s YouTube—had all the makings of what Lady G ...

  46. Plugged/UnPlugged: What Apple’s Flash Ban Means For Music

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple’s policy of banning Flash technology from the iPhone and iPad gained new attention this week after CEO Steve Jobs posted a rather lengthy explanation of the somewhat controversial policy. And while it may seem like just another academic tech ...

  47. More Online Unique Video Viewers In March

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More US consumers watched online videos in March, according to figures released on Tuesday by Nielsen , but they watched fewer videos than in the year-prior period. Unique viewers grew 1.3% year-over-year to 131.7 million but the number of views d ...

  48. Analysis: A Look At Hulu's Profit

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Supporters of ad-supported online media may finally have a financial success story. Hulu says it reached profitability in Q4 2009 and Q1 2010 (although it seems premature to make earnings claims before the quarter has actually ended). In 2009, rev ...

  49. The First iPad Reviews Are In

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first iPad reviews have hit the Web and the consensus is that it's great. A look at what the tech experts are saying: The NY Times David Pogue spotlights one of the iPad's main strengths: the experience of consuming media. The Apple ...

  50. Business Matters: WMG, EMI, Rhapsody, Sonos and more

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Over the weekend, The Telegraph reported that private equity firm KKR is in talks with Warner Music Group to break up EMI . KKR, which last year created a music publishing joint venture with Bertelsmann, is said to desire EMI’s music publishing ...

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