Spotify continues video experiments as part of new content plan

Spotify is working on original content and experimenting with different genres, formats and lengths of programming as part of its new video strategy, according to the music streaming service’s content chief. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes this morning, Spotify’s global head of original content, Matt Baxter, likened the current stage of Spotify’s development to a […]

Apple, Netflix, Spotify among UK’s ‘coolest’ brands

Apple is the UK’s ‘coolest’ brand for the fourth year running, while Netflix climbed five places this year to take fifth place, according to the annual CoolBrands survey. The study placed media brands Instagram and YouTube in the top 10 at seventh and ninth place respectively. Instagram climbed seven places in the rankings compared to […]

Teliasonera invests US$115 million in Spotify

Nordic telco Teliasonera has agreed to invest US$115 million (€102 million) in Spotify in return for a 1.4% stake in the music streaming business.  The deal, which values Spotify at US$8.2 billion, will see both companies commit “resources, staff and other assets” to work on joint innovation in areas like media distribution, customer insights, data […]

Spotify makes major video push

A new video platform from on-demand music app Spotify will run content from a variety of UK and US distributors. Spotify is positioning itself as a wider entertainment proposition and will package clips and full episodes of television programming that will sit alongside the core music streaming service. Deals have been closed with the likes of […]

Spotify reportedly planning online video move

Spotify is reportedly planning to move into the online video space and is said to have held potential partnership talks with a number of multichannel networks (MCNs). According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the matter, digital video specialists that are talking to Spotify include Maker Studios, Tastemade and Fullscreen. […]

Lack of legal online choice resulting in TV piracy, says Spotify executive

TV viewers are still turning to piracy when they can’t access online content legally, with the situation similar to the rampant filesharing that previously plagued the music industry, according to Spotify’s global head of platform partnerships, Pascal De Mul. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London, De Mul said he was “not sure” that […]

BBC Playlister service launches out of beta

The BBC’s recently announced music service, BBC Playlister, has now launched out of beta with two major updates added from the trial phase.  The service, which lets listeners export music they hear on BBC programmes to online playlists, now also includes presenter playlists and integration with the BBC’s iPlayer Radio app. The playlist function enables […]

Spotify teams up with Bravo

London-headquartered music service Spotify is partnering with US network Bravo to build playlists of songs relating to a number of the latter’s shows. The partnership, designed to coincide with Bravo’s November TV premieres will see Spotify build evolving playlists for programmes including The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules […]

BBC partners with Spotify, YouTube on new music product

The BBC is teaming up with Spotify, Deezer and YouTube to launch new digital music product that will let listeners export music they hear on the BBC to online playlists.  Announced yesterday as part of BBC director general Tony Hall’s new vision for the BBC, the corporation said that BBC Playlister will “transform people’s relationship” […]

French viewers want ‘Spotify for video’

Despite a range of options for accessing TV and movies, French viewers would like to see the introduction of a Spotify-style service for video, according to Bouygues Telecom exec Martin Kaiser. Speaking at the Arris-Motorola Video Leadership Forum event in Berlin earlier this week, Bouygues Telecom’s director of roadmap services said that based on consumer […]