AT&T’s growth is slower than it was a year ago, but it’s not losing its existing customers to T-Mobile. In fact, it’s managed to improve its postpaid retention rate to record levels.
Offering a library of books for $9.95 per month, Oyster will get an expansion thanks to a big influx of cash.
In recent months, unlimited entertainment services for kids have proliferated. We took a look at the options in two categories: Ebooks and video.
ShoeDazzle may not have turned out the way its investors had hoped, but it taught us some valuable lessons about how subscription commerce works. Marketing consultant Denise Lee Yohn breaks down those lessons.
Did you know that you can lose points, virtual weapons, virtual currencies and other items you’ve bought in an app or game if you buy a new iPhone or even back up and restore your device?
YouTube started to offer paid subscriptions to select channels this week. But are people actually going to pay for their YouTube videos?
What can a book look like in the digital age and how will people pay for it? This is one of the themes we’ll be exploring at paidContent Live on April 17 in New York
Redbox Instant is available to all after a closed beta test that netted the company tens of thousands of paying customers. CEO Shawn Strickland told us that his company won’t do original content any time soon.
Everyone uses YouTube, but how exactly do people discover new videos? We asked both web video professionals like Amy Pham and Zadi Diaz as well as your average 12 year old girl to find out.
Should content owners sell through a subscription or on a piece-by-piece basis? That depends on the country they will be selling to, according to data that shows wildly varying patterns.
Soundrop started out as a kind of Turntable.fm app within the Spotify client, but its newest iteration goes much further by adding a social integration that puts Spotify’s own social efforts to shame. But relaunching within Spotify is just the first step for Soundrop.
Deezer now stands a much greater chance of challenging powerful Spotify in the race to sign unlimited-music subscription customers, after reportedly taking a €100 million funding. But can any of their ilk be a success?
Only a sliver of people who have tried out The Guardian’s iPad edition for free end up subscribing after their trial. But does that small percentage matter? Other publishers also see low premium take-up, The Guardian is more interested in selling ads than subs.
At the Time Life Center in New York on Wednesday, startup accelerator Dreamit Ventures showcased its latest class of 15 startups. The companies were selected from a pool of 500 applicants and originated from cities across the country and around the world.
Political junkie heaven Politico is expanding during this election year — but not to cover the elections. Instead, it’s hiring 20 journalists to beef up Politico Pro in coverage of the economy and military — and 20 more business staffers to make it all pay.
Publishers saw the iPad as a chance to turn back the clock and convince consumers to pay for content in a new form. But that dream has collided with reality, and now some content producers — including MIT’s Technology Review — say the standalone content app is dead.
The Washington Post Co. newspaper division continues to struggle, nearly doubling its operating loss with drops in print circulation and advertising — and digital ad sales aren’t picking up the slack. The company may to reevaluate its no paywall’ stance.
In 2006, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) spun off financial magazine Barron’s Online and required subscribers to pay mo…
Spotify is launching in Germany within the next two weeks, according to German media reports. The streaming service already has an office in Berlin. It also recently hired a PR rep for the country, which in the past has been a difficult market for music services.
Netflix will launch in the U.K. and Ireland early next year, but where is it going after that? A recent job offer revealed a number of candidates, including countries like Korea, Germany, Russia and France. Now all Netflix needs is profits to make those plans happen.
On Wednesday, Facebook will announce subscriptions, which will let users decide what they want to see more and less of in their news feeds. Subscriptions build on the idea of more control, which follows Tuesday’s Smart Lists, and enhanced privacy features introduced last month.
Innovation is best measured by the disruption it causes, and Apple sure has been disruptive this week. OS X Lion being offered only via digital distribution is perhaps the most noteworthy example, but here are a few more that are nearly as pertinent.
How many people might you expect to click “Allow” when face with Apple’s forbidding dialog asking you to “Share Your Information?” with publishers? According to a couple of very reliable sources, a surprising 50 percent of iOS subscribers are agreeing to pass their info along.
The New York Times delivered details regarding its new paywall today, with a tiered pricing plan that begs the question: Considering how well the Times iPhone and iPad apps have done, has the Gray Lady thought hard enough about the app user’s perspective?
Apple has finally launched its subscription option for publishers with iOS apps, and it offers magazines and newspapers the ability to charge readers easily, as well as some other concessions from Apple — but in order to get those benefits, publishers have to pay a hefty price.
Two years after creating her own web series to continue a storyline from a canceled soap opera, actor Crystal Chappell is one of the rarest sort of web producers — one whose show is completely self-sustained. The secret? A subscription model, and a loyal fanbase.
Apple today introduced in-app subscriptions alongside newspaper app The Daily. No details about subscriptions were revealed at the announcement event for the app, but luckily Apple’s own updated terms of service for the iTunes Store shed some light on what to expect.
The Sony Reader app for iPhone has been rejected by Apple, according to the NYT. Apple apparently rejected the app because from now on, all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, and no apps can access content bought outside the App Store.
The iPad seems well-designed for magazines, but Apple has had trouble working out a subscription model with publishers that works for all concerned. Might Jeff Bezos have stolen away the revenue potential represented by periodicals with Amazon’s latest move?
The topic of view counts can be an incredibly controversial one in the web video world: They can be bought and sold, spun and manipulated. So maybe it’s worth asking this question: Is there a better metric for determining online success, such as YouTube subscribers?
Apple wants a cut of any profits made using its App Store for iOS devices, which is why it takes 30 percent of revenue from purchases made through iTunes accounts. Now, Jobs and co. hope to extend that model to newspaper subscriptions, too.
If you’re a devoted print subscriber but you have an iPad and want to read the digital edition instead, the only option to date has been paying full newsstand cover prices all over again for the same content. That’s now changed for the better.
Especially in this troubled economy, many small businesses and freelancers try to supplement their work with recurring revenue opportunities. This regularly billed income can help to ease the cash flow problems that are common with freelance work.
Fox Mobile is hoping it can convince consumers to shell out to watch TV on their smartphones. The News Corp. subsidiary this…
If you can get past the salty language, David “Master of 500 Hats” McClure has a good point to make about how the future of web services is likely subscription and transaction-based, and the fact that this model favors Facebook, Google and Apple.
Is charging users for online content an act of slow-motion seppuku? The New York Times may be about to find out. But the real risk is that it is neither a runaway success nor an abject failure, but rather a slow, steady decline.
Newspapers and magazines may not be faring so well in this economic climate, but consumers are holding onto their entertainment subscriptions, according…
When we first met Hunter Walk a few years ago, he was product manager for Google Video. That’s ancient times in online…
There’s been chatter about Hulu launching a subscription service lately, and now Dan Rayburn reports that Hulu is already beta testing such…
From what I’ve been reading on support forums, some users of Quicksilver saw no affect from upgrading their machines to Snow Leopard.…
Mark Ormond can’t get his “followers” to do anything. After they increased to several hundred only days after creating a Twitter account,…
Hulu’s popularity continues to climb (at least according to comScore), but that growth could soon hit a (pay) wall if recent talk…
This year we watched a tremendous amount of money go into casual web game startups, many or most of which heavily depend…