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Triton Digital Buys Omny Studios

A win for Australian startups, at the very least.

June 13, 2019
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Driving in Your Car

Get out of my dreams / and into your Car Thing

June 13, 2019
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PodEx: Why?

The Guardian, like the rest of us, wants to “make it easier for listeners to support podcast makers,” with grant help from the Google News Initiative.

June 13, 2019
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(More) Audio to TV

The pod-to-TV adaptation list now includes the BBC

June 13, 2019
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A New Subscription Podcast Service Looms

At some point this winter, we will see the launch of something called Quake Media, which describes itself as a “subscription podcast network” that’s focused on creating programming around “household names developing unique and exclusive content for their highly-engaged audiences.” The company, it seems, is well aware of the nomenclatural complication. “We believe using the […]

June 11, 2019
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Where are we now on the subject of subscription-driven podcasts?

It’s been a little over month since Luminary, the aspiring “Netflix for Podcasts,” stumbled out into daylight, and it’ll be a little while longer before we can figure out if the deep-pocketed upstart will actually tell us anything about the viability of a subscription-based business model for podcast-style programming. (It’s also worth noting that the […]

June 11, 2019
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#Sponcon and Chill

Did you know that Netflix has podcasts? Like, a whole bunch of them? And did you know that those podcasts, overt in advertising purpose as they are, are little more inventive and interesting than one would otherwise expect? Netflix’s growing portfolio of audio #sponcon was the subject of a Vulture piece I wrote last week, […]

June 11, 2019
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The BBC Scraps Blanket Licenses

The BBC has announced that it is scrapping universal free TV licences for the over 75s, in a move that signals a substantial shift in the way the corporation is managing its funding. The TV licence, which currently costs £154.50 a year per household, is the major way in which the BBC receives its public […]

June 11, 2019
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Career Spotlight: Felix Trench, Wooden Overcoats and Quid Pro Euro

One thing I find endlessly fascinating about the podcast industry today is digging into how we all ended up here — I find that there are as many routes to the audio world as there are people in it. With that in mind, this week I was delighted to trade emails with Felix Trench, a […]

June 11, 2019
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Tracking: June 11, 2019

Be sure to note… Apple’s podcast-related WWDC announcements last week didn’t stop at the desktop app spin-out and the upcoming enhanced machine learning-driven search engine. The platform is also adding new genres and subgenres to the way it categorizes podcasts. I discussed the move in a recent Insider, but non-paid subscribers can catch up through […]

June 11, 2019
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Spotify Watch: June 7, 2019

The Obamas, Spotify Stations, Playlist reactions… oh my!

June 7, 2019