Axios: Streaming boom propels film industry’s pandemic recovery

Axios: Streaming boom propels film industry’s pandemic recovery. “A sharp uptick in paid online video subscriptions and original content production for streaming platforms has helped the movie industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. Why it matters: The global streaming and theatrical movie market raked in a nearly a combined total of $99.7 million in 2021, eclipsing pre-pandemic sales.”

New York Times: The Subscription Buffet May Be Over

New York Times: The Subscription Buffet May Be Over. “Some companies including Disney and Whole Foods, the grocery chain that is owned by Amazon, are charging subscribers more for compelling extras. Others including Spotify and YouTube are experimenting with subscriptions that cost less but come with compromises. Both strategies may show that the endless digital buffet is changing for good.”

BetaNews: Windows 365 now generally available, allowing users to stream Windows 10 and Windows 11 from the cloud

BetaNews: Windows 365 now generally available, allowing users to stream Windows 10 and Windows 11 from the cloud. “Microsoft took the wraps off its subscription-based Windows 365 last month, and today the software giant announces general availability for it. Windows 365 is a cloud-based service that lets anyone securely stream full Windows 10 or Windows 11 to their personal or corporate devices, regardless of the native operating system.”

New York Times: Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.

New York Times: Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.. “My colleague Ben Sisario says that musicians complain about streaming economics that can translate millions of clicks on their songs into pennies for them. Last week, a group of musicians protested outside Spotify offices for changes in how they are paid from streaming. Ben spoke with me about why streaming music has been a letdown for many musicians. The challenges reflect a larger question: What happens when the promise of making a living online from music, writing or building apps doesn’t match the reality?”

Herald-Tribune: New website promotes Florida arts groups

Herald-Tribune: New website promotes Florida arts groups. “Arts groups across Florida, particularly those in the Sarasota area, are getting a little promotional help from WUSF Public Media, the Tampa-based public radio station that has launched a new streaming hub of performances and behind-the-scenes activities…. Most of the Sarasota-area performing arts organizations are featured on the site, from Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre, to the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, The Sarasota Ballet, The Venice Symphony, Urbanite Theatre, Theatre Odyssey, The Players Centre for Performing Arts and New Music New College.”

BetaNews: MX Player launches free movie and TV streaming service in US, UK and more

BetaNews: MX Player launches free movie and TV streaming service in US, UK and more. “MX Player is not only a nifty media player, for some time it has also offered free streaming services in India. Now this is expanding into seven new markets including the US, the UK and Australia. While not linked to the coronavirus pandemic, the offer of free entertainment will please many people who find themselves stuck at home. MX Player is home to both licensed and original content, which is currently enjoyed by 175 million monthly users.”

Techdirt: Former Refrigerator Manufacturer Says Companies Using Open Source, Royalty-Free Video Technology Must Pay To License 2,000 Patents

Techdirt: Former Refrigerator Manufacturer Says Companies Using Open Source, Royalty-Free Video Technology Must Pay To License 2,000 Patents. “As Wikipedia explains in painful detail, there are two main patent pools demanding payment from companies that use HEVC in their devices. For one of the pools, the patent list is 164 pages long.”

MakeUseOf: Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps

MakeUseOf: Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps. “Right now, the top two free music streaming apps are Spotify and YouTube Music. Each offers a few features for free, with ads, and you can upgrade to a premium plan for more features like offline playback. But you might be surprised to know that you don’t need to pay for anything to get a good music streaming experience.”

Wired: Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Wired: Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age. “This is what channel-surfing used to be, what it ought to be. Tune in and the first station is airing Pressure, Horace Ové’s tough-minded 1976 movie about London youth and racial disillusionment. It’s a somewhat obscure release, but also a pioneering one: Ové’s was the first feature by a black filmmaker made in the UK. Switch the channel and there’s an episode of the sci-fi anime Cowboy Bebop on; a few clicks past that, Janet Jackson’s 1998 Velvet Rope Tour performance at Madison Square Garden is playing. Keep flipping and it’s one rare and poignant find after another. That is the essence of Locally Grown, a streaming website with the vintage gloss of public access programming.”

Billboard: DIY Radio App Stationhead Now Lets Users Record and Archive Broadcasts

Billboard: DIY Radio App Stationhead Now Lets Users Record and Archive Broadcasts. “Until today, Stationhead’s do-it-yourself DJs could not archive their broadcasts for future plays. But the live-radio app, which allows users to talk between Spotify and Apple Music tracks, turned on the ‘record’ function Monday morning, giving users ‘an entirely new medium of shareable, on-demand, binge-able audio content with full songs,’ as the company said in a release.”

Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site

Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site. “Warner Classics’s back catalogue of classical music will now be available to stream for free on the label’s new website. It allows users to access 30-second samples of recordings from the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Simon Rattle and André Previn. Subscribers to Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer are able to stream entire tracks.”

Techdirt: YouTube Begins Blocking Stream-Ripping Sites

Techdirt: YouTube Begins Blocking Stream-Ripping Sites. “As we’ve discussed previously, the past several years have seen the major music industry players paint an entirely new anti-piracy target on the backs of stream-ripping sites. These sites, which allow users to plug in the address for a YouTube video and get an audio rip outputted, are quite often used to generate audio files of copyrighted materials. This, however, is most certainly not their only use.”

ZDNet: 10 best free video streaming services for cord cutters

ZDNet: 10 best free video streaming services for cord cutters. “When cord-cutting became a thing, it was all about saving money. Today, cord-cutting costs are catching up with cable. Indeed, with Disney Plus coming, with its must-watch package of Marvel Universe, Star Wars, and Disney films, plus internet TV streaming services like AT&T DirecTV Now drastically raising its prices, I can easily see a cord cutter’s total viewing bill crossing the $100-a-month barrier. Fortunately, there are some answers.”

How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson (DJ Booth)

DJ Booth: How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson. “When I first started in the music business at 18, the term “mini-budget” was unheard of. Working in the major label system, even a small budget could quickly balloon to the six-figure mark. Sure, streaming was starting to rear its head, but it hadn’t fully formed and placed its inevitable grip on the music industry’s neck—yet. We were still sitting pretty in the center of the ‘good ol’ days’ of the music industry as some of the OG’s like to call it. But the tides were indeed turning and they were turning fast. Fast forward to 2019, and we’re in the midst of the streaming era. Anyone with access to a computer and Wi-Fi can easily create and upload a song or full project with the push of a […]

BusinessWire: IMDb Launches Freedive – A Free Streaming Video Channel Featuring Hit Movies and TV Shows (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: IMDb Launches Freedive – A Free Streaming Video Channel Featuring Hit Movies and TV Shows (PRESS RELEASE). “IMDb (www.imdb.com), the #1 movie website in the world, today announced the launch of IMDb Freedive (www.imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the United States on the IMDb website via laptop or personal computer and on all Amazon Fire TV devices. IMDb Freedive, an ad-supported channel, enables customers to watch hit TV shows including Fringe, Heroes, The Bachelor and Without a Trace as well as top Hollywood hits like Awakenings, Foxcatcher, Memento, Monster, Run Lola Run, The Illusionist, The Last Samurai, True Romance and more without purchasing a subscription.”