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  1. One-Fifth of a Percent? A Closer Look at Amazon's Prime Music Launch

    June 24, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Amazon broke with tradition Monday and released some statistics on early adoption of its new Prime Music service. Although vague, the numbers seem to suggest Prime is off to a decent start. But, again, the numbers are vague. Launched June 12 , Pr ...

  2. Why Amazon's Approach to Licensing Could Be the Future of Digital Music

    June 13, 2014 2:15 AM EDT Even though the just-launched Amazon Music Price is receiving some criticism, it hints at a future with different types of subscription services and different prices. One day the $10-per-month subscription service will reach its limit, and anot ...

  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. Netflix, Comcast Reach Streaming Deal

    February 23, 2014 11:23 PM EST Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider. The two companies said in a joint ...

  5. Spotify Adds Netflix Experience to Board With Barry McCarthy Appointment

    February 13, 2014 2:48 AM EST Spotify is turning to the world of video for clues on getting its music business to grow. The Swedish on-demand streaming service has tapped Barry McCarthy, the former chief financial officer of Netflix, to be the fifth member of its board. McCart ...

  6. Business Matters: How Many Subscribers Does a Digital Music Service Need to be Profitable?

    September 03, 2013 8:18 PM EDT How many subscribers does a music service need to be profitable? Rdio CEO Drew Larner recently told NPR the service would "absolutely be profitable" when it achieves "real scale" of 25 million to 30 million subscribers. Lar ...

  7. Emmy Noms Salute 'The Voice,' HBO Music Biopics and Composers

    July 18, 2013 11:26 AM EDT "The Voice" and the talk shows of Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ryan Seacrest received Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning for their work in the 2012-2013 TV season. In addition "Crossfire Hurricane," the documentary c ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Who Will Pay For YouTube Videos? Alchemy Networks Has One Answer

    May 09, 2013 1:23 PM EDT Who will pay the monthly subscription fee to access a YouTube channel? Peter Griffith, Chief Executive of Alchemy Networks, believes he has one good answer to that question: afficionados of rap battles, an urban art form dating back to the 1970s ...

  10. Business Matters: Why Would Spotify Get Into The Video Business?

    March 25, 2013 6:13 PM EDT Spotify wants to create a video streaming service and is seeking a partner to help fund and create original programming, according to a report Monday. A lot of things are printed about Spotify. Some of them are pretty odd, frankly. This one isn& ...

  11. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  12. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  13. Morning Fix: WBR's Moscowitz Steps Down; Scooter Braun on Bieber Snub, Jets; Rick Ross' Gang Problem

    December 07, 2012 8:34 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters TODD MOSCOWITZ STEPS DOWN FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS, CAMERON STRANG TAKES OVER: One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of res ...

  14. Ultra Music's YouTube Channel Hits 1 Million Subscribers, Moxey Calls Video Streaming 'Serious Revenue Source'

    November 28, 2012 8:00 AM EST Dance-music powerhouse Ultra Music will announce later today that its YouTube channel has reached 1 million subscribers, making it the No. 1 independent label channel on the site, and No. 11 channel overall. The milestone comes on the heels of the ...

  15. Viacom Stock Rating Cut by Analyst, Cites 'Ongoing Ratings Weakness'

    July 10, 2012 7:47 AM EDT UBS analyst John Janedis on Tuesday downgraded his rating on Viacom's stock from "buy" to "neutral" citing "concerns related to ongoing ratings weakness" at Nickelodeon and MTV. "While the stock is cheap&quo ...

  16. Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO, on the Digital 'Chaos,' AOL's Downfall at Milken Institute

    May 02, 2012 6:27 AM EDT At one time, AOL was the Internet's premiere "walled garden" of services and content. But the removal of that wall that began in 2006 "was probably the downfall of AOL," Bob Pittman said Tuesday. "Facebook is the seco ...

  17. Telefonica's Terra From Spain to Offer Legal Music, Film Streaming in Europe

    May 01, 2012 6:00 AM EDT MADRID - Telefonica's media unit Terra plans to introduce online films and music in Europe, starting with Spain and Portugal by the end of next month, news reports said Monday. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site No one was im ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. The Cloud Is Running Out of Room: Here's How It Affects Spotify, Pandora and Others

    February 21, 2012 3:17 PM EST CNN Money's chart, which relies on data from the FCC, shows our wireless spectrum surplus becoming a deficit next year It's true what they say: Our digital lives are moving to the cloud. Whenever we fire up Facebook instead of a local em ...

  20. Verizon To Launch Streaming Service With Redbox, Challenge To Netflix

    February 07, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks. Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent company, said Monday that the ser ...

  21. Viacom First Quarter Earnings Shredded by 'Rock Band' Settlement

    February 03, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Viacom Inc., the owner of Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central, on Thursday posted a 65 percent drop in net income for the latest quarter, as it took a charge related to the "Rock Band" series of video games. Revenu ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Billboard Power 100: Robert Kyncl

    January 26, 2012 9:41 PM EST No. 65 Robert Kyncl Global Head of Content YouTube Twitter: @RKyncl Billions and Billions Served... Robert Kyncl reports to YouTube head Salar Kamangar and oversees content on the video platform. He's no stranger to online content: Kyncl was ...

  24. Morning Heds: CES & SOPA Cud Chewing, L.A.'s Music Box Closes, Homer Backs the Nuge

    January 09, 2012 8:14 AM EST CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For Billboard.biz The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which launches today, has long been the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries and is increasingly becomi ...

  25. Business Matters: The Death of the Album Review?

    January 04, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Death of the Album Review? -- Is the album review destined to decline in importance as the album format loses ground to songs and playlists? LA Weekly's Ben Westhoff mentioned - almost in passing - that the alternative weekly has stopped ...

  26. Business Matters: Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users

    December 14, 2011 6:48 PM EST Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users -- Spotify has added about 2.5 million global monthly average users (MAU) in the last month, according to figures available at AppData.com . On Tuesday Spotify's MAU stood at 10.2 mill ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

  29. Business Matters: f8 Showed That the Future of Sharing is Both Personal and Algorithmic

    September 23, 2011 11:24 PM EDT f8 Showed That the Future of Sharing is Both Personal and Algorithmic -- Thursday's f8 conference highlighted the role personal relationships have in the discovery of everything from food to movies to music. It's almost as if the algorit ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Are Netflix's Best Days Behind It?

    September 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Netflix is trying to boost business by chopping its services into two separate parts. Unfortunately for investors, the company's stock price is what's really been cleaved. The company that once seemed like it could do no ...

  32. Higher Netflix Prices Equals Fewer Subscribers, Lower Stocks

    September 16, 2011 7:45 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's decision to raise prices by as much as 60 percent is turning into a horror show. The customer backlash against the higher rates, kicking in this month, has been much harsher than Netflix Inc. anticipated. That p ...

  33. Access Over Ownership? It's Happening in Video

    August 09, 2011 11:31 AM EDT How important is it to own your favorite album or film? Habits are changing in the video market, where access is quickly overtaking ownership. In the first half of 2011, American consumers spent more money renting movies than purchasing them, acco ...

  34. Bits & Briefs

    August 08, 2011 6:35 AM EDT Mobile Gamers Willingly Buy In-Game Content More proof that the freemium model?otherwise known as "try before you buy"?is working on the mobile app front: App analytics company Flurry says games that are free to download but sell in-ga ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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, ...

  37. Business Matters: Skullcandy IPO Shows Market Interest in Premium Headphones

    July 25, 2011 5:34 PM EDT Market On Premium Headphones: Outlook Good -- Last week's IPO by headphone maker Skullcandy indicates investors see potential in the growing market for premium headphones. The company sold 9.4 million shares at $20, which was above the $17-$1 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Business Matters: Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement?

    July 18, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement? -- Here's a good question: should ISPs in New Zealand pay the enforcement costs of three strikes? It's more than an academic question. A stakeholder that bears no direct costs in fighting piracy has a ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  42. Netflix Rates Rise Up To 60 Pct For DVD, Streaming

    July 12, 2011 10:10 PM EDT Netflix is raising its prices by as much as 60 percent for millions of subscribers who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet. The company is separating the two options so that subscribers who want both will have to buy separate ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Sony Movies Still Off Netflix in Starz Dispute

    June 21, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NEW YORK - Netflix Inc's online video subscribers have not had access to movies distributed by Sony Corp Pictures Entertainment for four days, due to a dispute between the studio and its pay-TV partner Starz Entertainment. Starz is the exclus ...

  45. Business Matters: Pandora Raises IPO Price, BTIG Analyst Advises Investors to Pass

    June 10, 2011 4:14 PM EDT Pandora IPO: Bulls vs. Bears -- Pandora is feeling good about its initial public offering of common stock. The company has upped the number of shares and its target price for its IPO, according to a revised S-1 SEC filing . The original plan was t ...

  46. Tennessee Passes Web Entertainment Theft Bill

    June 01, 2011 4:54 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers in country music's capital have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login -- even with permission -- to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Net ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Business Matters: Is Amazon's 69-Cent Song an Act of Price War?

    May 03, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Is Amazon's 69-Cent Song Pricing an Act of Price War? -- Is Amazon really starting an MP3 price war, as some media reports have suggested? No, probably not. Instead, it appears Amazon has other priorities. Last week, Amazon lowered the price ...

  49. Rethink Music Panel Explores the Cloud: How to Make People Aware, Let Alone Make Money?

    April 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The Cloud music panel at Rethink Music conference, L-R: Jon Vanhala, Sami Valkonen, Brad Navin, David Hyman, Jon Potter, Don Gorder (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) The recent introduction of Amazon's Cloud Player -- and similar offerings from Google ...

  50. What the Music Business Can Learn From Netflix's Success

    April 26, 2011 12:39 PM EDT If the record industry wants music subscription services to become mainstream products, it should pay close attention to the factors behind growth at Netflix. In the first quarter of 2011 , the online video rental service added 3.6 million subscri ...

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