TikTok built a $400B+ tech giant on the smartphone. Can it transition to TV?

TikTok has hit 1B+ monthly active users. Can a move to Amazon’s Fire TV app grow that audience?

Trung T. Phan • November 5, 2021

Loom and the rise of asynchronous video

Video startup Loom is worth $1.5B and -- with 14m users already -- wants to be “email on camera.”

Trung T. Phan • November 2, 2021

What you can learn by analyzing ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

An Instagram account dedicated to ‘The Bachelor’ has been breaking down the data behind TVs most addicting reality franchise.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 26, 2021

Digits: Bottlenecks, miniature toys, and a $25m shredded painting

Plus: YouTube has 1k+ people texting video creators daily, and Jennifer Gates’ pricey wedding.

Jacob Cohen • October 18, 2021

Disney is all-in on streaming, but ESPN can’t kick cable

While Disney has gone all-in on streaming, ESPN is still clinging to the cable model - but that might not be the case for long.

Rob Litterst • October 12, 2021

You don’t want to make hackers angry — and Twitch just learned that the hard way

Twitch experienced a data breach that exposed a wide range of sensitive data, and there could be more to come.

Rob Litterst • October 8, 2021

The power of ‘Squid Game,’ Netflix’s surprise smash hit

A bloody South Korean drama about deadly games is exploding on Netflix and beyond.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 6, 2021

CAA is buying ICM, creating a super-agency to take on a changing Hollywood

CAA’s purchase of ICM will create a super-agency to take on a changing entertainment industry.

Rob Litterst • September 30, 2021

YouTube vs. NBCUniversal, explained

If NBCUniversal and YouTube can’t reach an agreement on a new contract, YouTube TV could drop its NBC channels.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 29, 2021

What are Netflix’s biggest hits?

“Bridgerton” is the top series, while “Birdbox” and “Extraction” are the top films.

Trung T. Phan • September 29, 2021

Prime Video may not be winning big, but it sure is spending big

Amazon isn’t winning awards, but it’s still spending mountains of cash on content.

Jacob Cohen • September 24, 2021

Hollywood unions vs. streaming services

Film and TV employees want better pay, fewer 12+ hour days, and for streaming services to pay up.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 23, 2021

Christopher Nolan is leaving Warner Bros. — the latest domino to fall in AT&T’s streaming misadventures

Christopher Nolan is ending his 19-year partnership with Warner Bros., and AT&T’s streaming ambitions are to blame.

Mark Dent • September 17, 2021

Was Joe Rogan’s Spotify deal worth it? It depends on what you value.

Joe Rogan, who signed a deal with Spotify worth $100m+, has lost influence since making his podcast exclusive to the platform.

Rob Litterst • August 27, 2021

The latest player in the streaming wars is a B2B software company

Salesforce announced plans to launch a streaming service for business professionals called Salesforce+.

Rob Litterst • August 13, 2021

Shoppertainment is a trend you should know about

Shoppertainment is a new trend at the intersection of ecommerce and livestreaming.

Rob Litterst • July 22, 2021

Netflix is losing subs in the US. This could be bad news for streaming.

Netflix lost 400k subscribers in North America last quarter. Combined with a slowdown in Disney+ subscriber growth, this could be bad news for the industry.

Trung T. Phan • July 22, 2021

How MLB created the Disney+ streaming service

In the 2000s, Major League Baseball (MLB) created one of the world’s leading streaming services (BAMTech) and -- after being acquired by Disney -- it is now the tech that powers Disney+.

Trung T. Phan • July 16, 2021

Can livestreaming classes finally shake up online ed?

The next wave of online education is live learning.

The Hustle • July 9, 2021

How demonetized YouTuber pranksters still rake in dough

The Nelk Boys are YouTube pranksters. Despite making $0 from YouTube ads, the group pulled in $50m last year on merch!

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 1, 2021

Roku was spun out of Netflix and is now pursuing the streaming giant’s playbook

Roku was spun out of Netflix in 2009. Today, it’s worth $50B+ and creating its own content.

Trung T. Phan • June 23, 2021

2 ways to monetize a huge podcast audience

Alex Cooper (“Call Her Daddy”) gets a $60m deal from Spotify. Harry Stebbings (“The Twenty Minute VC”) raises a $140m venture fund.

Trung T. Phan • June 17, 2021

Amazon’s $8.5B acquisition of MGM, explained

MGM’s vast content library (4k films, 17k TV shows) will help Amazon keep Prime subscribers and also monetize its free ad-supported IMDb TV streaming service.

Trung T. Phan • May 28, 2021

Social music site Turntable.fm is back from the dead… and has an interesting rival

Turntable.fm shut down in 2014. Now it’s back after raising $7.5m but has to contend with another identical startup also called Turntable.

Kolby Hatch • May 28, 2021

How Vimeo went from CollegeHumor side project to a multibillion-dollar company

Vimeo’s customers include Amazon, Spotify, and Intuit. It was once bought by accident.

Jacob Cohen • May 27, 2021

Can deepfakes make dubbed shows look better?

London-based AI startup Flawless says its deepfake tech can make dubbed films look more natural.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 20, 2021

WarnerMedia and Discovery combine to create a $150B streaming giant

AT&T closed an $85B deal for Time Warner media assets only 3 years ago. Now it will spin the business out, and combine with Discovery to form a new streaming giant.

Trung T. Phan • May 18, 2021

YouTube is an unstoppable beast, thanks to a wardrobe malfunction and a 9-year-old toy critic

YouTube is hotter than ever and shows no signs of slowing down. Without Janet Jackson, it may have never existed.

Jacob Cohen • April 29, 2021

Podcast wars: Apple vs. Spotify

Apple and Spotify both rolled out subscription tools for podcast creators.

Trung T. Phan • April 26, 2021

Facebook wants to be all up in your ear

Facebook launches 3 audio products: Clubhouse clone, “TikTok for audio,” and Spotify podcast integrations. Will it work?

Trung T. Phan • April 21, 2021

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