Spotify Launches New Site To Sell Concert Tickets Directly To Fans

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Pitchfork reports: “Spotify appears to be entering the market for live concert tickets. The company has launched a new website that allows users to buy tickets directly from Spotify, rather through an intermediary like Ticketmaster, MusicAlly reports. The site debuted on August 10 with a group of seven artists “ticketed by Spotify.” Fans of Limbeck, Annie DiRusso, Crows, Dirty Honey, Tokimonsta, Four Years Strong, and Osees can buy tickets for shows scheduled for later this year.”

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Disney Plus’ Ad-Supported Plan Will Launch In December

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The Verge reports: “Disney’s ad-supported tier of Disney Plus will cost $7.99 per month — the current cost of the ad-free plan — and will be available beginning December 8th, the company announced on Wednesday. That same day, there will be a price hike for the ad-free plan, which will cost $10.99 per month. The ad-supported plan doesn’t come as a surprise; Disney had said earlier this year that the plan would be arriving in late 2022.”

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Unity Partners With Mercedes-Benz On Infotainment OS In Future Cars

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Venture Beat reports: “Unity announced today a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz. The Unity engine will power the infotainment domain of the MB.OS operating system. It will roll out to the first vehicles in 2024. Mercedes is using Unity Industrial Collection to create the UI for the in-car cockpit. Unity’s tech will power everything from 3D navigation software to virtual avatars and augmented reality experiences.”

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Deezer To Expand In Germany Via Partnership With Broadcaster RTL

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Music Business Worldwide reports: “France-born online music streaming platform Deezer is planning to expand its operations in Germany in the coming weeks and is looking to replicate its strategy in Brazil where it launched in 2013. The expansion was reported on Friday (August 5) by Reuters, citing an exclusive interview with Deezer CEO Jeronimo Folgueira. Deezer plans its foray into Germany through a local partnership with German broadcaster RTL.”

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Snapchat+ Arrives In India And It Costs Just 62 Cents

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Tech Crunch reports: “Snap on Wednesday launched the paid version of its widely used social media service in India, bringing its exclusive and experimental features offering to the South Asian nation for just 62 cents a month as it looks to supercharge its customer base by attempting to monetize over 100 million users. The launch of the subscription offering, priced in India at 49 Indian rupees, follows Snap introducing the $4 subscription offering in the U.S., the UK and Canada among a few other key markets in late June.”

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Hulu Says ‘Prey’ Is Its Biggest Movie Or TV Series Premiere Ever

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Variety reports: “The direct-to-Hulu release of “Prey,” the action-thriller prequel to “Predator,” notched the most viewing hours ever on the Disney-owned streamer in its first three days — among all TV series and movies. That would mean “Prey” had a bigger aggregate viewing-time total over three days than “The Kardashians,” which Hulu in April said was its biggest TV series premiere at the time.”

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EA Extends Exclusivity On NFL Esports

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Games Industry Biz reports: “EA may not have exclusivity on NFL video games any longer, but it has kept the rights to one aspect of the license, today announcing a multi-year exclusive esports deal renewal with the league. “As a trusted partner for more than 30 years, EA’s commitment to football authenticity with Madden NFL is exemplary,” said NFL VP of video gaming Ed Kiang.”

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Walmart Is Trying To Build A Streaming Service, Again

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The Verge reports: “Walmart is investigating building its own streaming service, The New York Times reported, and is talking to some big-name content players about which shows and movies it can offer to Walmart Plus subscribers. The company has apparently held discussions with Paramount, Disney, and Comcast about the service, though it’s not clear whether those discussions came to anything. (Walmart declined to comment.)”

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Overtime Raises $100M In Series D Funding

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Finsmes reports: “Overtime, a NYC-based company that builds new sports leagues aimed globally at the next generation of sports fans and athletes, raised $100m in Series D funding. The round was led by Liberty Media Corporation and return investor Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley), with participation from Winslow Capital, Bezos Expeditions, Blackstone and Sapphire Sport.”

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Variety Expands Twitter Partnership With Launch Of Trending Movies Charts

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Variety reports: “Variety Film Chatter Chart debuted on Twitter on Monday, with “Bullet Train,” “Prey” and “Don’t Worry Darling” topping this week’s list of the most tweeted about movies. Variety Film Chatter Chart, powered by Twitter, tracks the week’s top five trending titles in the world of cinema and the most buzzed about movies based on Twitter engagement.”

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