Platform News: Confluent Inc

Benchmark-backed Confluent aims for $8 billion valuation in US IPO

Confluent Inc is aiming for a valuation of about $8.3 billion in a US initial public offering, cashing in on a surge in demand for live-streaming software as companies move online ...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix opens online store offering limited-edition merchandise

Netflix Inc will launch an online store to sell limited-edition apparel, lifestyle merchandise and collectibles based on “Stranger Things,” “Lupin” and othe...

Platform News: Amazon

Amazon brings James Bond and Rocky to fight Netflix with MGM acquisition will buy MGM, the US movie studio and home to the James Bond franchise, for $8.45 billion, giving it a huge library of films and TV shows and ramping up competition with...

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 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 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 Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

NFL’s Thursday Night Football to stream on Amazon Prime from 2022

The NFL has said it has moved up the date for Amazon’s Prime video to exclusively stream Thursday Night Football, beginning with the 2022 season.

Platform Industry News: BT - British Telecom in the UK

Britain’s BT Group in talks to divest stake in television unit

BT Group Plc is in talks with, Walt Disney Co and Sport streaming company DAZN to divest a stake in its television unit BT Sport, the UK newspaper, The Telegraph has rep...

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Spotify shares fall after muted paid subscriber growth forecast

Shares of Spotify fell 8% in pre-market trading on Wednesday after its forecast of subdued current quarter paid subscriber numbers overshadowed upbeat first-quarter growth in count...

Platform News: Streaming services, including Netflix

Netflix subscriber growth starts to slow after pandemic boom

Netflix Inc said slower production of TV shows and movies during the pandemic hurt subscriber growth in the first quarter, sending shares of the world’s largest streaming ser...

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Apple goes to battle with Spotify in premium podcast push

Apple Inc is fighting to retain control of the fast-growing podcasting market it popularized years ago but did not monetize, analysts and industry experts told journalists.

Indian Streaming Video

India says streaming platforms should be held responsible for content

India’s technology minister has said video streaming services have to be “responsible and accountable” for their shows and movies, defending rules introduced last...

Platform News: Streaming services, including Netflix

Netflix tests feature that could limit password sharing

Netflix is testing a feature that asks viewers to verify they share a household with the account holder, the company has said, a move that could lead to a clampdown on sharing of p...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon issues rare apology in India after complaints that series hurt Hindu beliefs

Amazon Prime Video streaming service has issued a rare apology to its Indian viewers for some scenes in its original political drama series “Tandav”, which allegedly of...

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