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Ofcom consults on BBC Sounds

UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom is inviting evidence on the market position and impact of BBC Sounds, the Corporation’s streaming media and audio download service that includes live radio, audio-on-demand, and podcasts. Ofcom notes that the audio and radio sector is undergoing a period of rapid change, driven in part by streaming services including global players […]

October 14, 2020By Colin Mann

Forecast: Pandemic to boost mobile content spend 28%

Covid-19 will boost worldwide revenue on content consumed on mobile phones by 28 per cent in 2020 according to Strategy Analytics’ Global Mobile Media Forecast: 2015-2025 report. Stay-at-home guidance issued by governments as result of the pandemic has stimulated an increase in spending within mobile games and mobile apps, as consumers have been forced to […]

October 7, 2020

Survey: UK favours entertainment over grocery subscriptions

Findings from consumer insights firm GlobalWebIndex’s latest commerce report reveal that UK consumers are more interested in subscribing to TV streaming services such as Disney+ and Netflix (46 per cent) and music such as Spotify (30 per cent) than they are for food services (29 per cent). “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that UK […]

September 25, 2020

Study: Stream-ripping piracy on the rise

A study carried out by rights licensing body PRS for Music has found that overall usage of stream-ripping services dramatically increased by 1390 per cent between 2016 and 2019, overshadowing all other illegal online music activity in the UK. Online rights monitoring company INCOPRO was commissioned by PRS for Music to produce Stream-ripping: its role […]

September 17, 2020By Colin Mann

Report: Spotify opposes Apple One

According to Mediavision’s newly published analysis Media & Markets, Spotify stands out as the most popular service in the Nordics. The company invests heavily in innovation projects. This week, rival Apple’s new move in bundling caused Spotify to call for attention from the competition authorities. The second quarter of 2020 is likely a ‘new’ tipping […]

September 17, 2020

RIAA: Music streaming revenues boosted by Covid

Covid-19 might be keeping millions working from home but it is proving to be good news for streaming music providers. Pay-radio broadcaster SiriusXM has already told the market that it expects to add a net 700,000 subscribers this year, and significantly over and above its previous target. Now the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) […]

September 15, 2020By Chris Forrester

Bliss’ Uncool WWE podcast debuts Sept 22

WWE has announced Uncool with Alexa Bliss, a new podcast series debuting on September 22nd. Hosted by WWE Superstar Alexa Bliss, the podcast will transport listeners back in time as Bliss and her guests discuss their most nostalgic, cringeworthy and laugh out loud moments from before their fame and success. Each Tuesday, Bliss will sit […]

September 8, 2020By Nik Roseveare

Spotify, Riot Games eSports partnership

Spotify and Riot Games, the video game developer behind League of Legends, are joining forces for a first-of-its-kind multiyear partnership. Spotify is also now the official—and exclusive—audio -streaming partner for League of Legends global events. The partnership will also give fans original podcasts, curated playlists, and more. “Music and audio are an intrinsic part of […]

August 25, 2020

Australia: Home entertainment subs soar

The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted home entertainment subscription services in Australia according to research from emerging technology analyst firm Telsyte. Australians added 5.6 million new subscriptions to the end of June 2020, an increase of 18 per cent from a year ago. This growth was across streaming video on demand (SVoD), streaming music and games-related […]

August 17, 2020

Study: Fewer people getting news from social media

Fewer people claim to be following news on social media than a year ago, according to Ofcom’s annual news consumption report. While TV remains the most popular platform for people to access news (75 per cent), the proportion using social media to keep up with the latest stories has fallen to 2018 levels – from […]

August 13, 2020