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Jerry Braakman manages $1.9 billion in assets and prefers gold right now to most tech stocks. But he still thinks these 5 tech companies can flourish in the pandemic economy.

Jerry Braakman, the chief investment officer of First American Trust, is more attracted to gold right now than tech stocks, seeing it as a good bet against both inflation and a cratering of the economy. That said, he still holds shares of tech companies in his clients' accounts and is high on quite a few of them; the stocks he likes tend to have strong businesses, healthy balance sheets, and a compelling reason for why they're poised to do well going forward. Some of the companies he likes inc...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Shares, Netflix, Sony, Salesforce, Federal Reserve, Skype, Qualcomm, Servicenow, Business Insider, Activision, Fed, Fort Knox


Meet the 33 insiders who wield the most power at YouTube

Google's YouTube is the world's biggest online video company, and it's making a bigger push into TV and streaming. YouTube made $15 billion in advertising revenue and another $3 billion in subscriptions in 2019. The video site has also drawn regulators' antitrust and privacy concerns. Business Insider identified the 33 executives there with the most power. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube in 2006 has turned into the world's biggest and most p...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Hbo, Hollywood, Microsoft, Yahoo, Lionsgate, California, Youtube, Ebay, La, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Barack Obama


Disney+ Streaming Service Now Has 54.5 Million Subscribers

Disney+ now has 54.5 million subscribers worldwide, a new total announced today during the company's quarterly earnings call. That means Disney has gained 4.5 million Disney+ subscribers since April 8, when it said that Disney+ had 50 million subscribers. Disney+ launched in November and has grown to almost $55 million subscribers over the course of the last six months. Disney's significant growth earlier this year came from launches of the service in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, ...
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The 33 insiders who wield the most power at Google's YouTube

Google's YouTube is the world's biggest online video company, and it's making a bigger push into TV and streaming. YouTube made $15 billion in advertising revenue and another $3 billion in subscriptions in 2019. The video site has also drawn regulators' antitrust and privacy concerns. Business Insider identified the 33 executives there with the most power. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube in 2006 has turned into the world's biggest and most p...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Hbo, Hollywood, Microsoft, Yahoo, Lionsgate, California, Youtube, Ebay, La, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Barack Obama


Netflix Offers ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ For Free to Seduce New Subscribers

Netflix is practicing the art of seduction ahead of Valentine’s Day. The streaming giant is courting new subscribers by making one of its biggest hits of 2018, the teen rom-com sensation To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, available to watch for free for non-subscribers. It’s part of a strategy to lure in new subscribers who want to watch the equally gushing sequel To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, which debuted on Netflix yesterday. The power of Peter Kavinsky and his dreamy eyes compe...
Tags: Hbo, Comedy, Movies, Romance, US, Colombia, Teen, Netflix, Canada, Cbs, Peacock, India Mexico, Lana Condor, Disney Apple, Noah Centineo, To All The Boys I've Loved Before


Netflix fights new streaming rivals with Samsung partnership

As the streaming battles heat up, Netflix is hoping a new partnership with Samsung will help it fend off rivals. At Samsung’s Unpacked event this week, the mobile device maker announced a deal with Netflix that will bring to its Galaxy smartphones exclusive bonus content associated with several Netflix original shows. The partnership also allows Netflix to more deeply integrate its streaming service with Samsung devices. The latter part of the partnership involving device integration is fairly s...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Spotify, Media, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Netflix, Comcast, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Streaming Service, Samsung Galaxy, Peacock, Samsung Mobile


Netflix fends off new streaming rivals by way of Samsung partnership

As the streaming battles heat up, Netflix is hoping a new partnership with Samsung will help it fend off rivals. At Samsung’s Unpacked event this week, the mobile device maker announced a deal with Netflix that will bring exclusive bonus content associated with several Netflix original shows to its Galaxy smartphones in the months ahead. The partnership also allows Netflix to more deeply integrate its streaming service with Samsung devices. The latter part of the partnership involving device int...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Spotify, Media, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Netflix, Comcast, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Streaming Service, Samsung Galaxy, Peacock, Samsung Mobile


Amazon quietly hired the NBCUniversal executive known as ex-CEO Jeff Zucker's 'right-hand man' to lead PR for its original-video and streaming services (AMZN)

Cory Shields, the former executive vice president of communications at NBCUniversal, is now vice president of public relations for the Amazon Studios and original-video teams, Business Insider has learned. Shields spent about 20 years at NBCUniversal and was once called ex-CEO Jeff Zucker's "right-hand man," according to Variety. Shields' hiring comes at a time when Amazon's entertainment group needs a high-profile representative, as competition in the space is intensifying this year. Visit Bu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Kentucky, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Netflix, Nbcuniversal, Carney, Jeff Bezos, Jeff Zucker, Business Insider, Shields, Zucker


Amazon has quietly hired the NBCUniversal executive known as ex-CEO Jeff Zucker's 'right-hand man' to lead PR for its original video and streaming services (AMZN)

Cory Shields, former executive VP of communications at NBCUniversal, is now VP of PR for the Amazon Studios and Original Video teams, Business Insider has learned. Shields spent roughly 20 years at NBCUniversal and was once called ex-CEO Jeff Zucker's "right-hand man," according to Variety. Shields's hiring comes at a time when Amazon's entertainment group needs a high-profile representative, as competition in the space is intensifying this year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Obama, Kentucky, White House, US, Trends, Netflix, Nbcuniversal, Carney, Nbc Universal, Jeff Bezos, Jeff Zucker, Nbcu, Shields


Netflix subscriber growth took a hit from streaming competition in Q4

As the streaming wars heat up with Disney, Apple and others, Netflix is finding it harder to retain users.
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AT&T, Disney, Apple and Discovery See Big Stock Gains in 2019

Disney had a banner year on Wall Street. So did Apple, Facebook, AT&T and Discovery amid another year of dramatic marketplace shifts for traditional media and digital giants. Disney’s strategic decisions moved markets and dominated the discussion about the fate of traditional media throughout the year. After finishing out 2018 with the stock essentially flat […]
Tags: News, Disney, Comcast, AT&T, Apple Facebook, Disney Apple


‘Murder Mystery,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Are the Most Popular 2019 Titles on Netflix, According to Netflix’s Very Specific Parameters

Netflix has long been averse to releasing viewership statistics for its original titles, but the streaming giant is never reluctant to toot its own horn when it comes to “popularity.” And with the streaming field set to become more splintered than ever before in 2020 — with newcomers like Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi poised to threaten the current dominion held by Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu — it’s fitting for Netflix to make a show of strength with its annual “most popular” li...
Tags: Movies, Michael Bay, Disney, Netflix, Madeleine McCann, Kevin Hart, Pixar, Hulu, Adam Sandler, Variety, Ralph, Netflix Amazon, Netflix/Streaming Video, Disney Apple, The-Incredibles-2, The Irishman


Top 19 Media Trends of 2019: D.A.W.N. of a New Streaming Era

Disney. Apple. WarnerMedia. NBCUniversal. This quartet’s streaming launches that began in late 2019 spell out the D.A.W.N. of a new era: U.S. companies are driving a big shift in where video entertainment will be accessible digitally. Disney Plus had been announced long before 2019, but key details about it such as its content lineup and […]
Tags: News, Peacock, Disney Apple, Disney Plus, HBO Max


This Week in Apps: Apple’s vaping app ban, Disney+ gets installed, apps gear up for Black Friday

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which apps are everyone using? As mid-November rolls around, we’re looking at a few big stories, including Apple’s decision to ban an entire category of apps due to health concerns, the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Hbo, Cdc, Disney, Tech, E-commerce, Developers, Canada, Netherlands, Espn, App Store


Disney + and 'The Mandalorian' Are Driving People Back To Torrenting

An anonymous reader shares a report: A simple glance at torrent websites shows that plenty of people are stealing from the brand new steaming services -- episodes of The Mandalorian and Dickinson all have hundreds or thousands of seeders and are among the most popular shows on torrent sites. I reached out specifically to Disney, Apple, and Netflix to ask what their policy was on going after pirated content, and haven't heard back, but it's obvious that these companies assume that at least some o...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Tech, Pirate Bay, Netflix, Dickinson, Disney Apple


Inside the failed deal that almost made 'The Irishman' Netflix's first wide theatrical release

Netflix attempted to get Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" a wider theatrical release than any of its previous movies. The streaming giant tried to make a deal with AMC Theatres and Cineplex to show the movie, according to The New York Times. The theater chains were willing to let the movie have a 60-day exclusive theatrical window, lower than the established 72 for all other titles. But Netflix wanted a 45-day window. But that wasn't the only thing the two sides were at an impasse about. Busin...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Amc, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Canada, New York Times, Fox News, Amc Theatres, Scorsese, Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Martin Scorsese


Study claims Disney+ already has over a million US subscribers, pre-launch

Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, doesn’t launch until mid-November, but it may have already signed up more than a million customers in the U.S., according to new data from analytics firm Jumpshot, out this week. The firm, which gathers data from a panel of online consumers to gain insights, is not the only one forecasting a promising start for the upcoming streaming service. In mid-October, analysts at UBS said they polled 1,000 consumers and 86% said they had heard of Disney+. In additi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Verizon, TV, Television, Media, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Ubs, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Nbcu


Study claims Disney+ already has over a million U.S. subscribers, pre-launch

Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, doesn’t launch until mid-November, but it may have already signed up over a million customers in the U.S., according to new data from analytics firm Jumpshot, out this week. The firm, which gathers data from a panel of online consumers to gain insights, is not the only one forecasting a promising start for the upcoming streaming service. In mid-October, analysts at UBS said they polled 1,000 consumers and 86% said they had heard of Disney+. In addition, 4...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Verizon, TV, Television, Media, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Ubs, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Nbcu


Netflix 'n' spills: How the streaming wars could hurt advertisers, consumers and platforms

Nearly 13 years ago, Netflix launched the first subscription-based streaming service for “Hollywood content,” laying the foundation for a massive paradigm shift in the way we access and watch movies and TV. Hulu followed suit soon after, but Netflix again changed the game in 2013, releasing the entire first season of “House of Cards” all at once. This original series was a first-of-its-kind and helped catapult the company’s growth by popularizing the now-common audience behavior of binge-watchin...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hollywood, Nbc, Jamie Dornan, Advertising, Disney, Verizon Wireless, Netflix, Roku, Cbs, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Carell, Nielsen, Hulu, General Mills


Netflix's price hikes hurt growth in the US, and its pricing power will face an even greater test as new rivals launch (NFLX)

Netflix has had a harder time holding on to subscribers in the US since it raised prices earlier this year.  Its third-quarter earnings report did little to assuage investors' fears that its pricing power may be limited. Netflix's pricing power will be tested more during the fourth quarter and into 2020, when forthcoming services like Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus take hold. The streaming giant may have to pull back on regular rate increases or find other ways to boost the value of its streami...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Michael Bay, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Scarlett Johansson, Hulu, Adam Driver, Carnegie Mellon University, Reed Hastings, Emarketer, Martin Scorsese, NFLX, Tepper School of Business


Netflix acknowledged price hikes hurt growth in the US, and its pricing power will face an even greater test as new rivals launch (NFLX)

Netflix has had a harder time holding on to subscribers in the US since it raised prices earlier this year.  Its third-quarter earnings report did little to assuage investors' fears that its pricing power may be limited. Netflix's pricing power will be tested more during the fourth quarter and into 2020, when forthcoming services like Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus take hold. The streaming giant may have to pull back on regular rate increases or find other ways to boost the value of its streami...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Michael Bay, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Scarlett Johansson, Hulu, Adam Driver, Carnegie Mellon University, Reed Hastings, Emarketer, Martin Scorsese, NFLX, Tepper School of Business


Netflix shares jump as subscribers grow ahead of Disney, Apple attack

Netflix Inc added slightly more paying subscribers than Wall Street expected in the third quarter, a relief to investors who had worried the company might fall short just as Disney and others prepare to ramp up the streaming video wars.
Tags: Money, Disney, Netflix, businessNews, Netflix Inc, Disney Apple


Roku jumps 22% as revenue, streaming hours soar (ROKU)

Roku reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance. The results received praise on Wall Street. Shares were up more than 22%. Watch Roku trade live. Roku shares were surging Thursday morning, up more than 22% to $79.55 apiece, after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance.  The video-streaming service lost $0.09 a share as net revenue surged 51% versus a year ago to $206.7 million. Those numbers were better than th...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Roku, Rbc, Mark Mahaney, Disney Apple, Wall Street ROKU, OTT Roku


Roku jumps 9% as revenue, streaming hours soar (ROKU)

Roku reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance. The results received praise on Wall Street. Shares were up more than 9%. Watch Roku trade live. Roku shares were surging Thursday morning, up more than 9% to almost $71 apiece, after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance.  The video-streaming service lost $0.09 a share as net revenue surged 51% versus a year ago to $206.7 million. Those numbers were better than ...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Earth, Roku, Thanos, Rbc, Mark Mahaney, Disney Apple, Watch Roku, Wall Street ROKU, OTT Roku


Netflix offers $2 billion more in debt to fund its content spending

Netflix is raising another $2 billion in debt to fund its content spending and other expenses, the company announced this morning. The news comes ahead of the launches of new streaming service competitors from Disney, Apple, and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. It also follows Netflix’s offer of another $2 billion in debt back in October 2018. The streaming service says it plans to use the debt funding for general purposes, including “content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures,...
Tags: Apple, Media, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Original Content, Streaming, Pixar, Cnbc, Streaming Service, Disney Apple, Star Wars Marvel National Geographic


Streaming TV service Philo gets a little more expensive

As the internet TV services have matured, their pricing has as well. The majority have raised their price points — some have even done so multiple times. Today, Philo is following suit…but only by a little. The streaming TV service has been one of the cheapest on the market, with an entry-level plan that began at only $16 per month for 45 channels. Now, it’s doing away with this super low-cost plan, and will only offer the existing $20 per month plan instead. The $20 per month plan has offere...
Tags: Startups, Media, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Pricing, Streaming Service, Philo, Streaming Tv, Internet tv, Andrew McCollum, Disney Apple, YouTube TV, WarnerMedia


Netflix's all-important subscriber-growth forecast fell short. Here's what Wall Street is saying about the streaming giant's earnings. (NFLX)

Netflix shares fell modestly on Wednesday after the streaming service reported first-quarter earnings on Tuesday evening that topped Wall Street's expectations.  Analysts are largely telling their clients that they're undeterred by the company's weaker-than-expected guidance for the second-quarter which initially weighed on the stock. At least one firm bumped up its price target. Watch Netflix trade live. Netflix said Tuesday it expected a smaller rise in global subscriber growth next quarte...
Tags: Apple, Disney, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Barclays, RBC Capital Markets, NFLX, Needham, Eric Sheridan, Mark Mahaney, Laura Martin, Disney Apple, Kannan Venkateshwar, Doug Anmuth


As 'Subscription Fatigue' Sets In, the OTT Reckoning May Be Upon Us (slashdot)

An anonymous reader writes: Deciding which streaming outlet you want to subscribe to can be just as hard as finding a show itself. With options from big players like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Showtime, Amazon and YouTube Premium -- and looming new platforms from the likes of Disney, Apple, AT&T and NBCUniversal -- consumers are already starting to grow frustrated with the crowded streaming marketplace as "subscription fatigue" sets in, according to Deloitte's 13th edition of its Digital Media Tren...
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As 'Subscription Fatigue' Sets In, the OTT Reckoning May Be Upon Us

An anonymous reader writes: Deciding which streaming outlet you want to subscribe to can be just as hard as finding a show itself. With options from big players like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Showtime, Amazon and YouTube Premium -- and looming new platforms from the likes of Disney, Apple, AT&T and NBCUniversal -- consumers are already starting to grow frustrated with the crowded streaming marketplace as "subscription fatigue" sets in, according to Deloitte's 13th edition of its Digital Media Tren...
Tags: Tech, Deloitte, Disney Apple, Netflix HBO Now Hulu Showtime Amazon, Digital Media Trends


As ‘Subscription Fatigue’ Sets In, the OTT Reckoning May Be Upon Us

Deciding which streaming outlet you want to subscribe to can be just as hard as finding a show itself. With options from big players like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Showtime, Amazon and YouTube Premium--and looming new platforms from the likes of Disney, Apple, AT&T and NBCUniversal--consumers are already starting to grow frustrated with the crowded...
Tags: Advertising, Disney Apple, Streaming & OTT, Netflix HBO Now Hulu Showtime Amazon