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Netflix Adds 9M Subscribers Amid “Challenging” Six Months Due to Strikes

Netflix is adding new subscribers at a torrid pace, as its password-sharing crackdown continues and as it makes moves that could push subscribers toward its nascent advertising tier. The company reported 9 million new subscribers, with revenue of $8.5 billion and operating income of $1.7 billion. The company had reported 5.9 million new subscribers last […]

Elon Musk’s X Testing Plan to Charge Users to Post on Platform

Elon Musk rolled out a new subscription plan to charge new users of X, formerly known as Twitter, to post content on the platform. The social network company wrote on its website that it started testing “Not A Bot” Tuesday in two countries, New Zealand and the Philippines. According to X, the subscription method will help “reduce […]

NBC Launches New Streaming Service That Bets on High School and Amateur Sports

Forget the NFL or NBA, NBC is betting that the next big thing in streaming might be your local high school football game. The media giant is launching a new streaming service that’s part ESPN+, part YouTube and part MasterClass, meant to appeal to families, schools and communities with amateur sports teams. The service, SportsEngine […]

YouTube Design Star Drew Michael Scott Shares His Decor Sources and Inspirations, From CB2 to Ballerinas

The steady upward trajectory of 27-year-old YouTube star Drew Michael Scott’s career — he uses his middle name to distinguish himself from the similarly named Property Brother — is no accident. Neither is the fact that Desenio, the buzzy Sweden-based e-commerce wall art brand beloved of millennials and Gen Z-ers in over 35 countries, tapped […]

SBF Fallout: Anthony Scaramucci Confronts His “Colossal Mistake” About the Crypto Mogul

As Sam Bankman-Fried stands trial for fraud after the 2022 high-profile collapse of his cryptocurrency exchange FTX, Anthony Scaramucci is sharing the story of how he got into business with the young billionaire. In Tales From The Crypto: The Rise and Fall of FTX, a newly launched podcast from Audio Up, the financier who became […]

Linda Yaccarino: “Proactive Efforts” Made to Moderate X Amid Extremist Group Misinformation

X Corp. CEO Linda Yaccarino has responded to a warning letter from the European Union about “violent and terrorist content” on the social media platform related to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas’ attacks on Israel. “Everyday we’re reminded of our global responsibility to protect the public conversation by ensuring everyone has access to real-time information […]

Adobe Unwraps AI-Driven Tools, Promises “Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency”

As Adobe rolled out a string of new generative AI-driven tools, CEO Shantanu Narayan promised “accountability, responsibility and transparency” in his opening keynote at the company’s annual Max confab, which is taking place this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He went on to describe AI as a “creative co-pilot” to speed up productivity […]

Chip and Joanna Gaines Launching Podcast Network, Blind Nil Audio (Exclusive)

The Magnolia empire is coming to podcasts. Chip and Joanna Gaines — the couple behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Magnolia Table, Magnolia Network and a mini food, design and shopping empire in Waco, Texas — are launching a podcast network through their production company Blind Nil Media. The podcast network, Blind Nil Audio, is being developed in […]

Sony’s Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Launches Linear Channel

Sony is bringing a trove of anime content from its premium streaming service Crunchyroll to free streaming platforms. Crunchyroll is launching a 24/7 linear channel, featuring a range of programming from its anime library. The channel will launch on a number of free, ad supported streaming platforms (FAST platforms), including Roku Channel, Amazon Freevee, LG […]

Signal Awards: Oprah, Michelle Obama, Jon Stewart Among Winners of Podcast Honors (Exclusive)

Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Jon Stewart, Kevin Hart, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Helms and Snoop Dogg are among the big names to win the second annual Signal Awards, celebrating the world’s best podcasts, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal exclusively. Obama’s The Light Podcast, Hart’s Gold Minds, Louis-Dreyfus’ Wiser Than Me and Helms’ SNAFU all won multiple […]

Netflix Plans Real-Life ‘Squid Game’ Immersive Experience in Los Angeles

Has the thought of participating in a real life version of Netflix’s Squid Game sounded appealing to you? Beginning in December, you can (without the gory deaths, of course). Netflix is opening an immersive experience in Los Angeles called Squid Game: The Trials, combining a live high-intensity competition for participants, as well a “Night Market” […]

Wondery to Launch ‘Exhibit C: A True Crime Experience Live’ at New York’s Gotham Hall

Wondery is jumping from the airwaves to real life. The premium podcast studio from Amazon is prepping to launch Exhibit C: A True Crime Experience Live at New York’s Gotham Hall on Oct. 24. The one-night-only event promises to “bring to life the world of Exhibit C,” the collection of Wondery podcasts that are “rooted […]

Charter and Comcast Officially Roll Out Xumo Streaming Box

Can cable companies take a bite out of the streaming ecosystems created by Apple, Roku and Amazon? Comcast and Charter think so. And Xumo is their weapon of choice.  The cable giants on Wednesday officially pulled back the curtain on their Xumo product, with Charter Communications beginning to roll it out immediately to its subscriber […]

Netflix Shakes Up C-Suite: Ad Chief Jeremi Gorman Exits, Streamer Taps New Tech and Product Leaders

Netflix is making changes to its C-Suite, naming new executives to oversee its nascent advertising business, as well as its technology and product divisions. For starters, Netflix says that Jeremi Gorman will be departing as its head of ad sales, after about a year leading its ads business. Amy Reinhard, a seven-year veteran of the […]

Discovery+ Raises Price of Ad-Free Tier

Another streaming service is getting a price hike. Warner Bros. Discovery says it is raising the price of the ad-free tier of Discovery+. The tier will see its price rise from $6.99 per month to $8.99 per month, effective today, Oct. 3. That being said, the price of the advertising tier of Discovery+ will remain […]

Jason Derulo, Alexandra Shipp to Headline On Air LA Annex With ‘Underwater’ Podcast Q&A (Exclusive)

Platinum-selling artist Jason Derulo and Barbie breakout Alexandra Shipp will headline On Air LA Annex with their new romantic thriller podcast Underwater. Derulo and Shipp will take the stage Nov. 2 at KCRW’s Annenberg Performance Studio in Santa Monica with an exclusive visual journey into the first episode and audience Q&A, On Air Fest announced […]