Streaming services

Spotify announces layoffs of 17% of employees due to high costs

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has announced large-scale layoffs in the company. According to him, 17% of the service’s employees will be dismissed. The relevant message was published on the Spotify website. “To align Spotify with our future goals and ensure we are right-sized for the challenges ahead, I have made ... Read more

Spotify is preparing to introduce major changes to its royalty model in 2024

Spotify is preparing to introduce significant changes to its royalty model in the first quarter of 2024. Such intentions of the streaming service are reported by Music Business Worldwide. Implementation of the plans will allow the company to allocate $1 billion over five years in favor of “legal” artists and ... Read more

Netflix shows trailer for Scott Pilgrim Takes Off series

Netflix has released the official trailer for the upcoming anime Scott Pilgrim Takes Off. The long-awaited series will consist of eight episodes and will be released on November 17, 2023, writes Engadget. The series was developed by Brian Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinsky. It is based on the graphic novels ... Read more

Netflix to open establishments where you can play, shop, and taste themed food

Netflix is planning to open new locations where fans can immerse themselves in the worlds of their favorite series, buy clothes, eat themed food, and perhaps even try to overcome the squid game obstacle course, writes Bloomberg. These places are called Netflix Houses and are expected to combine retail, restaurants, ... Read more

Netflix plans to raise prices after actors’ strike ends

Netflix plans to raise prices for ad-free subscriptions after the end of the Hollywood actors’ strike. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing informed sources. According to them, the streaming service is discussing price increases in several markets around the world. But it will most likely start with ... Read more

Netflix shows the first trailer for Leave the World Behind

Netflix has shown the first trailer of the tense thriller The Illusion of Safety / Leave the World Behind. The film is based on the book of the same name by Rumaan Alam. The film brought together a star-studded cast: Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Kevin Bacon and Mahershala Ali. The ... Read more

Spotify launches new Spotify Jam feature to create collaborative playlists

Music streaming giant Spotify is launching a new social feature. It is called Spotify Jam and allows users to create a joint playlist, reports The Verge. Up to 32 Spotify users can join each session and listen to music in real time. What makes Spotify Jam special is that every ... Read more

Streaming services have transformed the music industry and changed music

The emergence of streaming services has not only transformed the music business, but also changed music itself. This is stated in the book “Key Changes: Ten Times Technology Transformed the Music Industry by Howie Singer, former chief strategic technologist at Warner Music Group, and Bill Rosenblatt, president of the consulting ... Read more

Creators of white noise podcasts will lose their main source of income on Spotify

Spotify is preparing to disable white noise podcasts from its Ambassador Ads monetization program, which allowed them to earn tens of thousands of dollars, starting October 1. This is reported by Engadget with reference to Bloomberg. Under this program, the streaming service pays podcast creators to read advertisements for the ... Read more

Fall premieres – what Netflix is preparing to show viewers

Netflix is actively preparing for the new season. The streaming service showed a preview of cinematic novelties to be released this fall. Traditionally, every viewer will be able to choose something interesting for themselves. But take a look at the films that will potentially attract the attention of every viewer. ... Read more

Trailer for the epic movie Rebel Moon

Netflix has shown a teaser trailer for the upcoming epic sci-fi film Rebel Moon. Its premiere is scheduled for December 22, 2023. Zack Snyder is responsible for the film, known for his work on many large-scale projects, including: Man of Steel, 300 Spartans, and Army of the Dead. Rebel Moon ... Read more

The YouTube Music update will add a “Samples” tab for watching videos from artists

YouTube Music is getting a major update with the introduction of a Samples tab to its interface. This feature aims to provide users with a new way to find music through videos from artists, writes 9to5Google. Located between the existing Home and Navigation tabs, the Samples tab is similar to ... Read more

Netflix to launch cloud-based game streaming on TVs, PCs and Macs

Netflix has taken another major step in its gaming ambitions, with plans to launch cloud-based game streaming to TVs, PCs, and Macs, ArsTechnica reports. Following the quiet launch of a TV game controller app for iOS devices last week, Netflix has officially announced its intention to delve into the subscription-based ... Read more

PS4 and PS5 owners can get a few months of Apple TV+ subscription for free

Sony together with Apple announced about a promotion for all owners of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles in the form of free access to the Apple TV+ streaming service. For PS4, access is offered for 3 months, for PS5 – for half a year. It is very easy to ... Read more

Netflix is preparing innovations in advertising: ads can be different, but on the same topic

Streaming service Netflix appears to be working on making ad breaks a little less repetitive and perhaps a little more tolerable. This is reported by Gizmodo. Netflix aims to innovate in “episodic” advertising campaigns. According to the Financial Times, which cites advertising leaders, in the basic package with ads (Basic ... Read more

YouTube Shorts may be added to YouTube Music as a Samples tab

YouTube Shorts continue to grow in popularity, so it’s no surprise that YouTube is looking for new ways to promote them. In particular, it became known that Shorts are currently being tested in the YouTube Music application. Vertical videos may appear as a separate tab in the bottom panel, which, ... Read more

Netflix has announced how shared accounts will work for US users

The streaming service Netflix has clarified the terms of sharing accounts for viewers in the US. This is reported by The Verge. Owners of the $15.49/month Netflix Standard plan will be able to add one additional user. For an additional fee of $7.99 per month, they will be able to ... Read more

Netflix will finally give up DVD rentals after 25 years

Netflix is preparing to close one of its businesses this fall. It’s about DVD rentals (ie This was reported by Engadget. The company will send the last discs with films on September 29. It launched such a service 25 years ago, sending the movie Beetlejuice in 1998. Since then, ... Read more

The co-president of Spotify says that the service has not abandoned HiFi audio

More than two years have passed since the announcement of the appearance of HiFi audio on the music streaming service Spotify, but it never happened. However, the company does not abandon its plans, Spotify co-president Gustav Söderström told The Verge. However, Spotify is not yet ready to share specific information ... Read more

Netflix has revealed a list of its films for 2023

Every year, Netflix compiles a list of new movies to interest subscribers and convince those who are not yet subscribed to the streaming service that they should do so. This year was no exception, and the Netflix list has a wide variety of movies, from romantic comedies to fantasy action ... Read more

Disney+ will show a documentary about Stan Lee

Stan Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber) would have turned 100 years old on December 28, but the famous comic writer and editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics died in 2018 without celebrating this significant date. Until the last years of his life, he remained a public figure of Marvel, appearing in films based ... Read more

Amazon invests $1 billion a year in movies for theaters

Amazon plans to spend more than $1 billion a year to produce movies for theatrical distribution, reports Bloomberg. The world’s largest online retailer aims to produce 12 to 15 movies a year that will be released in theaters, said the people, who asked not to be named because the company ... Read more

Spotify has made it easier to access podcasts, for now on Android

Spotify users on Android can now take advantage of a new tab on the home screen of the music streaming app that allows you to quickly navigate to the podcast section. “This week, we are launching a new Home experience that includes feeds for both Music and Podcasts & Shows. ... Read more

HBO Max will be merged with Discovery+ next summer

Rumors that things are going “not so well” at HBO Max began to appear on the Internet the other day, at the same time as news about the cancellation of several high-profile projects that were at various stages of preparation – for example, the film Batgirl, the filming of which ... Read more

MEGOGO has started testing voiceover of content with the help of artificial intelligence

In order to increase the amount of content with Ukrainian-language audio tracks, the streaming service MEGOGO has started testing the dubbing format with the help of artificial intelligence. The technology works as follows: first, the speech in the video is recognized, then the process of adaptation into the text takes ... Read more