HBO Now iPhone iPad Revenue

Triumph of the cord cutters: HBO Now is already making a fortune

By on May 7, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

Triumph of the cord cutters: HBO Now is already making a fortune

Precisely one month after HBO Now debuted on iOS devices, we are getting a sense of how many consumers are paying for the mobile service. Based on App Annie statistics, the early traction looks terrific. HBO Now this week hit the No. 1 spot on the U.S. iPad revenue chart — and even more interestingly, it has soared to the No. 2 spot on the super-competitive U.S. iPhone revenue chart. More →

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Jay-Z Tidal Vs. Spotify Pandora

Jay-Z says Tidal criticism is part of an organized ‘smear campaign’ by big companies

By on April 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Jay-Z says Tidal criticism is part of an organized ‘smear campaign’ by big companies

Jay Z this weekend tweeted an ominous and serious accusation: “There are many big companies that are spending millions on a smear campaign. We are not anti-anyone, we are pro-artist & fan. .” This would seem to indicate that he believes the broadly negative recent media coverage of his Tidal music streaming service is based on “big companies” waging an expensive media war on a small, floundering application. Is this a likely scenario? Let’s examine the timeline of the past week. More →

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Tidal Vs. Pandora Vs. Spotify

The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop

By on April 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop

When Tidal made its big media push at the end of March, the core message was clear: while other streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora pay a pittance to artists, Tidal offers musicians a better deal. Unfortunately, Tidal also opted to use super stars like Nicki Minaj and Beyonce as spokespersons for the app. The result was the ultimate mixed message: You should feel sorry about how little money Nicki makes. More →

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Top Paid iOS Apps Double Down Casino

Move over, Clash of Clans: America’s new most lucrative app is a real shocker

By on April 16, 2015 at 1:46 PM.

Move over, Clash of Clans: America’s new most lucrative app is a real shocker

Something very surprising happened today — a social casino game became the No. 1 app on the U.S. iPad revenue chart. To put this in context, you may need as much as a $15 million monthly revenue run rate to hit the top of the American iPad chart. More →

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Netflix Subscriber Gains 4.9 Million

Netflix is the bellwether for cord cutting’s future – and today it looks unstoppable

By on April 15, 2015 at 4:56 PM.

Netflix is the bellwether for cord cutting’s future – and today it looks unstoppable

A few minutes after reporting its quarterly report, Netflix share prices spiked by 12%, despite having already climbed by 40% so far this year. The key surprise here is the subscriber growth: The company added 4.9 million new subscribers during the quarter, which is about 20% more than Wall Street expected. When Netflix offers a subscriber growth surprise of this magnitude, investors will overlook earnings and revenue misses. And Netflix did miss on both of those counts. More →

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Meerkat Vs Periscope

Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it

By on March 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it

About three days after it received a lavish new funding round, Meerkat died an ugly and embarrassing death. It is hard to decide whether the Great Meerkat Debacle that has unfolded over the past week is a tragedy or a comedy — probably a bit of both.

The mobile streaming app that had whipped U.S. tech journalists into a frenzy announced $14 million in new funding on Thursday. Money poured in from Jared Leto, Greylock Partners and other illustrious sources. On the same day, Twitter launched its rival streaming app called Periscope. Apparently, investors didn’t stop to ponder why Meerkat people rushed to cash in so aggressively only a month after the app had debuted.

Well, we now know why. More →

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Smartwatch Games 10 Second Sessions

Smartwatch game wars start right now – but can a 10-second game really work?

By on March 18, 2015 at 1:33 PM.

Smartwatch game wars start right now – but can a 10-second game really work?

A new Finnish mobile game company called Everywear has made a radical decision: It will only develop games for wearable devices. This leap seems gutsy, almost foolhardy… but the people backing the company are bound to give skeptics a pause. The lead investors in a newly announced €500,000 seed round are Lifeline and Sunstone, two institutions closely linked to the massive Nordic success stories of Supercell and Minecraft. More →

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Nintendo iOS Android Games

Nintendo embraces the one thing that can save it from oblivion: The iPhone

By on March 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM.

Nintendo embraces the one thing that can save it from oblivion: The iPhone

How perfectly dreadful. Nintendo, that last defender of console-only auteurism, is now succumbing to that basest of commercial instincts and is launching potentially hugely lucrative mobile apps. This could lead to something quite disturbing: Massive profit growth. More →

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Mark Cuban Tech Bubble Theory

Massive new tech bubble? Mark Cuban has no idea what he’s talking about

By on March 6, 2015 at 12:55 PM.

Massive new tech bubble? Mark Cuban has no idea what he’s talking about

Mark Cuban has been blogging again. This happens with alarming frequency, but there is something special about today’s bloviation — serious news sites like MarketWatch turned Cuban’s comments into a lead news item. More →

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Netflix Vs. Broadcast TV

Netflix already killed your video store and it’s coming after broadcast TV next

By on February 24, 2015 at 1:45 PM.

Netflix already killed your video store and it’s coming after broadcast TV next

For years, the decline in broadcast audiences has been sort of a mild, persistent headache for TV executives. U.S. viewership of “linear television” has been dipping at a speed of few percentage points per year: In some quarters, the drop stabilized for a spell while in others, it briefly expanded to 4% or 6%. But the Nielsen numbers from the second half of 2014 are the worst on record for a six-month period because U.S. television audience decline accelerated by a scary 7% in Q4 2014. More →

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CES 2015 Preview Analysis

CES is a great showcase for products that are about to die

By on January 5, 2015 at 11:55 AM.

CES is a great showcase for products that are about to die

I’ll be heading for CES again tomorrow, but mainly to meet people. As a device showcase, CES has demonstrated an uncanny ability to highlight trends that will never be. Perhaps the most legendary example was the year 2006, one year before the iPhone arrived. The highlights of CES 2006 pretty much represented every trend that was going to fizzle out far before anyone expected. More →

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