Media & Entertainment

Streaming hits a major milestone: Time spent streaming beat out broadcast and cable for the first time ever last month.

On today's episode, we discuss the most pressing questions related to The Walt Disney Co.'s streaming platforms: what should we make of the recent price increase announcement, will Hulu soon become a tile within the Disney+ app, and what is the significance of Disney+ expecting to sign up fewer subscribers in the future? "In Other News," we talk about whether streaming will save sports or kill it and why folks are more likely to put TV subscriptions on the chopping block. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Ross Benes.

Smart TVs are staring down a very different landscape: Hardware sales will recover this year as the industry addresses concerns about miscounting ads.

Roblox isn’t growing: The young-skewing gaming/metaverse platform reported lower net bookings than Q2 2021.

On today's episode, we discuss what happens next now that the newsletter boom has faded, Uber getting serious about grocery, how Starbucks is defying inflation, whether Spotify can revolutionize podcast ads, robots doing all of our housework, an unpopular opinion about TikTok's hype, why so many baseballs are used during a game, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our director of reports editing Rahul Chadha and analysts Suzy Davidkhanian and Blake Droesch.

Disney+ gets out in front of Netflix: When it comes to launching and announcing pricing for its ad-supported tier, that is.

Even as it contracts, Snap looks to the future: The company is planning layoffs but has major long-term ambitions.

Sports betting’s ad cooldown won’t be permanent: A year of hefty spending might have DraftKings slowing down, but sports will persist through a recession.

On today's episode, we discuss why Spotify is cautiously optimistic, the potential of video podcasts, and whether TikTok Music could be the next big podcast app. "In Other News," we talk about why people buy smart speakers and how crucial gaming is for Netflix's future. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Daniel Konstantinovic and senior account director Michael Civins.

HBO Max’s reputation is at risk: Cost-cutting moves from the debt-ridden company have consumers worried about the streamer’s future.

What’s next for TikTok? The social video behemoth could be expanding into music streaming services to challenge Spotify and Apple Music. We look at other tech segments ripe for a TikTok takeover.

The New York Times feels the ad downturn: That’s bad news for other digital publishers who have started layoffs and seen ad dollars plummet.

On today's episode, we discuss whether Instagram is starting to look a little too much like TikTok, why we're seeing more brands pop up in movies and TV shows, how to win young people's loyalty, what comes after the iPhone, the potential of NFL+, an unpopular opinion about vinyl versus digital audio, some interesting population facts, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our director of reports editing Rahul Chadha and analysts Blake Droesch and Paul Verna.

While the metaverse is still taking shape, consumers are already interested in using it to enhance everyday experiences. About 60% of US teens and adults believe that virtual environments will make the process of finding a fitness or exercise routine significantly better, and the same percentage expect them to improve real estate shopping.

CTV spend will see a downturn after Roku’s Q2: Months of macroeconomic pains and murky CTV credibility hurt the sector’s ad spend.

About half of internet users ages 10 to 41 spend money on video games worldwide, and younger users are more likely to cough up.

The #BookTok tag, which at the time of writing had 65.8 billion views on TikTok, has helped drive an increase in printed book sales.

To reduce screen time, consumers are turning to the past for other entertainment mediums. Retailers, take note, as what’s old is new again.

Around one-quarter of people in the US ages 13 to 34 are fans of the metaverse. But for every person who gives it a thumbs-up, there are about two in that age group who dislike or have never heard of the concept.

Paving the path to the metaverse: Unprecedented interest in the emerging metaverse might cool if the tech industry can’t sustain momentum on innovation and public enthusiasm during the downturn.