U.S. Subscription Streaming Revenue Growth Down Over 10 Points in Q1

U.S. subscription streaming revenue grew 16.9% to $6.93 billion in the first quarter, representing a sizable slowdown from the 27.2% expansion the SVOD sector experienced in the same first-three-month period of 2021, according to media company figures released by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG).

Source: U.S. Subscription Streaming Revenue Growth Down Over 10 Points in Q1

DeviantArt is expanding its system for flagging stolen NFT art

DeviantArt Protect, which launched last year for art posted on the site, will now be available for work that isn’t hosted there as well. Users can upload copies of art to Protect and have it matched against non-fungible token (or NFT) images minted to one of several public blockchains. If an identical or near-identical match is detected, they’ll receive an alert and can send takedown requests to major NFT markets like OpenSea.

Source: DeviantArt is expanding its system for flagging stolen NFT art

Software Downloads Netflix & Disney+ Videos to Make DRM-Free Copies 

Software available right now from the Microsoft Store claims to allow Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Disney+ subscribers and more to download movies and TV shows to their own machines, as a permanent DRM-free copy. In itself this raises legal issues but buried away in the software’s fine print is something that all prospective users should know about.

Source: Software Downloads Netflix & Disney+ Videos to Make DRM-Free Copies * TorrentFreak

French performer and label groups reach voluntary agreement regarding digital remuneration

Various organisations representing French artists, performers and labels have welcomed an agreement finalised last week regarding the sharing of streaming monies. That agreement follows years of negotiations between artist and label groups which first began when the French government announced an initiative in 2015 that sought an industry-led solution to ensure the ‘fair development of online music’.

Source: French performer and label groups reach voluntary agreement regarding digital remuneration

After returning as an NFT platform, LimeWire strikes first major label deal with Universal Music Group

According to LimeWire, as part of this partnership with UMG, the major will provide licences to allow LimeWire to partner with UMG artists in order to launch music-based NFT projects using the LimeWire marketplace. LimeWire Co-CEOs Paul and Julian Zehetmayr tell MBW that “the partnership is a true demonstration of the pace at which the music industry is embracing Web3”.

Source: After returning as an NFT platform, LimeWire strikes first major label deal with Universal Music Group

UK music licensing company PPL reports revenues of $347.7m for 2021, up 12% YoY

The company’s results for 2021 mark its second highest annual revenue total, after collecting £271.8 million in 2019. PPL reports that it saw year-on-year growth across all three revenue streams in 2021, including International, Broadcast and online, and Public performance and dubbing, with International and Broadcast, and online licensing revenues reaching record annual amounts.

Source: UK music licensing company PPL reports revenues of $347.7m for 2021, up 12% YoY

Do You Have a Development Deal With Audible Yet?

In the past two years alone, Audible has inked rich, multiyear deals with the production companies of stars like Kerry Washington, Issa Rae, George Clooney, Lena Waithe, Laura Dern, Queen Latifah, LeBron James and Kevin Hart. Many of the partnerships represent the first creative entry into audio for talent who have traditionally found success in film and TV.

Source: Do You Have a Development Deal With Audible Yet?

What Can N.F.T.s Do for Dead Artists?

The British Museum N.F.T.s launched at a time when fewer people could physically access the museum because of the pandemic. “They realized that N.F.T.s were perfect marketing tools to reach these communities they were not reaching so far,” Beaucamps said. The museum gets a commission on each N.F.T. sale as well as a percentage of the secondary-market fees.

Source: What Can N.F.T.s Do for Dead Artists?

Digital News Daily: SVODs To Add 485M Subs By 2027, Netflix Growth Estimate Cut By 29M

Netflix is expected to add 31 million subscribers globally between 2021 and 2027 despite losing 4 million in North America, according to the latest projections from Digital TV Research. However, that 31 million gain — for an estimated 253 million total subs by 2027 — is 29 million fewer than the researcher projected just three months ago, in February.

Source: Digital News Daily: SVODs To Add 485M Subs By 2027, Netflix Growth Estimate Cut By 29M

Netflix Exploring Live Streaming For First Time; Plans To Roll Out For Unscripted Series & Stand-Up Specials

Netflix is going live for the first time. It plans to roll out the capability, which Netflix confirmed was in the early stages of development, for its swathe of unscripted shows and stand-up specials. It would mean that Netflix would be able to use it for live voting for competition series and talent contests such as its upcoming dance competition series Dance 100 from The Circle producer Studio Lambert.

Source: Netflix Exploring Live Streaming For First Time; Plans To Roll Out For Unscripted Series & Stand-Up Specials

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