YouTube announced today that it will launch a new subscription television service that will offer 40 channels of broadcast television. Considering that the company is synonymous with video streaming, this could be a huge deal.
According to Billboard, YouTube is aiming to make its own Spotify-like subscription music service. There'll be a free streaming service (which, uh, should differentiate from free YouTube) and a premium tier that'll be like Google Music's All Access streaming service. Basically, every company wants their own music…
The Verge is reporting that Amazon is in talks with record labels to create a new subscription music service.
Speaking at a conference in LA on Saturday, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves explained how Steve Jobs approached him with a pitch for an Apple subscription content service. Moonves, however, wasn't convinced, and he decided to turn Jobs away.
Rdio, Spotify, and Mog may be the hot new subscription based services, but old timer Rhapsody just purchased all of Napster's subscribers.
European users have enjoyed this feature for ages now, but US Spotify fans can now—finally—create their own radio stations with the popular application. It basically lets you mix different genres together to create a custom mix.
Rdio is aiming for Spotify with a free plan that'll provide full access to Rdio's entire music catalog. There's no advertising and no need to add a credit card to your account. The free service will launch very soon. [Rdio]
Readability, a service that strips ads and other web junk from stuff published online, just had their app rejected from the App Store, victim to Apple's exceedingly unreasonable subscription policy for iOS. Don't worry, small developers of the world, Apple will be making you say Uncle, too!
Hulu Plus has launched in preview mode for select PlayStation Plus members. And not only is it the only gaming console you can access the service with today, you won't see Hulu Plus on anyone other system until 2011.
Subscription to the print edition of the WSJ: $2.29/week.
Subscription to the online edition of the WSJ: $1.99/week
Subscription to both the print and online editions of the WSJ: $2.69/week
Subscription to the iPad edition of the WSJ: $3.99/week
It may have taken the USPTO ten years to approve the original application, but they've finally granted TiVo a patent on "what looks like "season pass" prioritization, conflict resolution, and recording."
We know that Hulu's free glory days are numbered, but the question that always follows talk of premium pricing for the video streaming site has been whether people actually use it all that much. Well, to me one billion video views seem like a resounding YES.
PSSSSST! Hey, Time Warner Cable! If you tell everyone how to watch Fox shows from their PC, they'll probably start doing it for all your other programming, too! Self-defeating bitterness really is the perfect way to say goodbye to 2009.
This ad campaign from Time Warner Cable is making the battle over Fox's demands for subscription fees very public. But unless one side flinches, a lot of folks could be starting 2010 off without the country's most-watched network.