Comcast Ending Peacock Premium Promo; Spotify Pushes Into Audiobooks; Apple's Soccer Play Is a Kick in the Head for RSNs

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June 16, 2022

Comcast to End Peacock Premium Free Promotion for Xfinity Customers

Comcast plans to end the free access to Peacock Premium for Xfinity customers, according to NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell.

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Spotify Closes Acquisition of Findaway, Mounting Challenge to Audible in Audiobooks

Spotify closed the deal to acquire audiobook distributor Findaway, touting a "substantial market opportunity" in audiobooks. 

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The Apple-MLS Deal Should Panic RSNs and Will Restrict MLS Growth

New VIP+ Analysis: The decision by the MLS to remove all local televised games from cable TV to Apple will impact future growth in the U.S.

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YouTube Shorts Has More Than 1.5 Billion Monthly Video Viewers, Google Claims

YouTube Shorts has more than 1.5 billion monthly logged-in users, about three-fourths of YouTube's total global viewership base.

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What, Media Worry? Execs Project Calm Before the Economic Storm

New VIP+ Analysis: But perhaps investors should be worried that companies don't seem too concerned with the tough macroeconomic conditions.

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Spotify Forms Safety Advisory Council in Wake of Joe Rogan Controversy

Spotify created a Safety Advisory Council after a backlash earlier this year over popular podcast host Joe Rogan.

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Jessica Alba Joins Board of Yahoo, Alongside Five Other New Members

Yahoo is adding six new members to the privately held internet company's board, including actor and entrepreneur Jessica Alba.

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Netflix Hires EA Exec Ken Barker as Principal Accounting Officer

Netflix hired finance executive Ken Barker as principal accounting officer, splitting duties with CFO Spencer Neumann.

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Spotify Will Cut Back Hiring by 25%, CEO Daniel Ek Tells Staff

Spotify is reducing its hiring forecast by 25%, CEO Daniel Ek said in a memo to staff Wednesday.

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'Hellboy,' Other Lionsgate Films to Set Up Shop in The Sandbox's Metaverse Game

Lionsgate's "Hellboy" and other movies are getting virtual real estate in The Sandbox, a decentralized gaming virtual world.

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Scares, Subs & Remakes: Takeaways From Gaming's Summer Showcases

New VIP+ Analysis: Amid several gaming presentations, the prevalence of horror, remakes and Xbox subscription perks are hardest to ignore.

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Matt Damon Mocked Anew for 'Fortune Favors the Brave' Crypto Ad as Virtual Currency Values Crash

With cryptocurrencies cratering to new lows, Matt Damon is getting mercilessly dragged anew for his gig as the face of



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