Media and Content Platform News

From streaming video platforms, through to content management, our latest news and analysis articles covering media and content platform businesses.

Platform News: Video streaming services and VOD

With superheroes and sci-fi, Disney+ outlook bright

Slow subscriber growth at Walt Disney Co’s streaming service in the last quarter was a speed bump as a slate of Marvel superhero films and sci-fi thrillers from the Hollywood...

Platform Industry: Sleepy Joe Biden talking to a small room of activists

Returning the favour? Biden revokes Trump’s social media order

US President Biden has officially revoked an executive order by President Donald Trump that had directed regulators to limit liability protections for social media businesses.

Platform News: Disney Plus streaming service

Streaming wars: Disney+ subscriber growth slows as pandemic lift fades

Disappointing growth of Walt Disney Co’s namesake streaming service on Thursday overshadowed better-than-expected overall profits, driving down shares of the entertainment co...

Platform News: Google

US judge dismisses advertisers’ antitrust claims against Google

A US judge has dismissed antitrust claims against Google brought by a group of advertisers, though offered them a chance to try again after addressing her “serious concerns.&...

Platform News: Discord

Chat app Discord to test ticketing, make audio events easier to find

Chat platform Discord has said it will start to test paid tickets for audio events, the first feature where creators can make money from the site, and will launch a tool next month...

Platform News: Russia and Twitter

Russia: IT firms must open offices in the country under new draft law

Foreign technology companies will be forced to open offices in Russia or face penalties such as advertising bans under draft legislation, a senior lawmaker has said, in a fresh mov...

Platform News: Contentful

Germany’s Contentful explores options including a US IPO

Contentful, a website platform whose customers include Spotify and WeWork, is exploring options including a US IPO that could value it at close to $5 billion, people familiar with ...

Bill to ban TikTok on US government devices passes committee

Bill to ban TikTok on US government devices passes committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban federal workers from downloading the popular app TikTok onto US government ...

Platform News: TikTok office building in the US

Italy’s regulator asks TikTok for further action on users aged under 13

Italy’s data protection regulator has said it had asked the viral video-sharing app TikTok to strengthen measures to prevent young users from accessing the platform after the...

Platform News: Wall Street in New York

Tech selloff in focus as Nasdaq falls away from record highs

Wall Street’s main indexes tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq opening down 2% before steadying a bit, as technology-related stocks with lofty valuations extended losses amid...

Platform Industry News: YouTube video streaming from Google

YouTube to launch $100 million creator fund for Shorts video feature

YouTube has announced a $100 million fund to pay content creators who make hit videos on its new short-form video feature Shorts, as YouTube aims to court more influencers.

Platform News: Disney Plus streaming service

How much did Marvel heroes help lift Disney+?

With Walt Disney Co theme park operations limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, investors watching the company report earnings on Thursday are expected to zero in on its fast gr...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

The coming storm: US state AG’s ask Congress for antitrust funding

On Monday, dozens of state attorneys general wrote to US lawmakers to urge Congress to fund their antitrust probes, which have resulted in big lawsuits filed against Google and Fac...

Platform News: China

China to restrict mobile app news notifications in internet clampdown

China’s internet watchdog has said that it will ban some mobile app notifications and tighten regulations as the CCP ramps up a campaign to rein in tech companies.