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Adblock Plus’s Till Faida on the shifting shape of ad blocking

Adblock Plus’s Till Faida on the shifting shape of ad blocking Publishers hate ad blockers, but millions of internet users embrace them — and many browsers even bake it in as a feature, including Google’s own Chrome. At the same time, growing numbers of publishers are walling off free content for visitors […]

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Netflix adds 8.8M subscribers despite growing competition

Netflix adds 8.8M subscribers despite growing competition Netflix grew by 8.8 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to its latest earning report, putting its growth well ahead of its forecast of 7.6 million. The company says it has 167 million paid memberships worldwide, with more than 100 million […]

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Apple TV+ scores Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Meryl Streep, announces release dates for new shows

Apple TV+ scores Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Meryl Streep, announces release dates for new shows Apple has scored more big names for its newly launched streaming service, Apple TV+, including “Veep” and “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as well as Meryl Streep, the latter who’s attached to an animated short film about Earth Day, […]

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Original Content podcast: Netflix goes to the Oscars

Original Content podcast: Netflix goes to the Oscars When this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, Netflix received 24 nominations — the most of any Hollywood studio. That’s thanks in large part to “The Irishman,” which received 10 nominations, and “Marriage Story,” which received six (both films were nominated for Best […]

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Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an […]

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NBCU’s streaming service Peacock launches April 15 for Comcast subscribers, everyone else on July 15

NBCU’s streaming service Peacock launches April 15 for Comcast subscribers, everyone else on July 15 NBCUniversal officially unveiled its new streaming service Peacock today, announcing that the service will be available as part of a bundle for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on April 15, before launching nationally on July 15. […]

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Twitch’s loss of top streamers impacts hours watched and streamed in Q4 2019, report says

Twitch’s loss of top streamers impacts hours watched and streamed in Q4 2019, report says The loss of several big-name streamers is finally taking its toll on Twitch, according to a new report from StreamLabs and Newzoo out today. In August 2019, top streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, announced his intention to leave […]

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Spotify and Warner Chappell end dispute in India, sign global licensing deal

Spotify and Warner Chappell end dispute in India, sign global licensing deal Spotify is ending its year-long dispute with Warner Music’s publishing firm. The world’s largest music streaming service said on Tuesday that it has inked a global licensing agreement with Warner Chappell. The announcement today marks the end of their litigation […]

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Comcast launches SportsTech startup accelerator with NASCAR and others

Comcast launches SportsTech startup accelerator with NASCAR and others Comcast NBCUniversal believes its can access startup innovation while supporting future Olympic gold-medalists. The American mass media company launched its new SportsTech accelerator today, based in part, on that impetus. TechCrunch attended a briefing with Comcast execs at 30 Rock NYC to learn […]

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Quibi execs Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman explain their big vision

Quibi execs Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman explain their big vision Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Quibi executives — including CEO Meg Whitman and founder/chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg — took the stage in a keynote laying out their vision for the mobile video service. Katzenberg is a longtime […]

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