Topic: digital subscriptions

As Ad Blocker Usage Explodes, Can YouTube Win Back Scofflaws With a Subscription Model?

Users revolt against pre-roll

It's not a mystery why YouTube is considering offering an ad-free version of its site to paying subscribers. Thanks to ad blocking software, there already are millions of potential viewers…

Leaked Screenshots Reveal Upcoming YouTube Music Service

Launch expected soon

Images of Google’s long-awaited YouTube music service have surfaced online, signaling that the launch may not be far behind. The tech blog Android Police got hold of the images, which…

Report: Google Will Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Week

Continues to up the ante in original content arms race

Google will introduce paid subscriptions for certain YouTube channels this week, CNET reported. A rumored à la carte service would include up to 50 different YouTube channels, with single-channel subscriptions…

Press+ Study Finds Digital Subscription Prices Rising, Meters Dropping

Publishers offering fewer free reads

Can newspaper publishers shift to a paid online model without giving up traffic and its associated ad revenue? A new release of data from publishing e-commerce platform Press+ suggests they can.  The…

Politico Is Making Money With Subscriptions

The site's sub service boasts a 96% renewal rate

In an era where it has been difficult to get anyone to pay for quality reporting, Politico is finding ways to make some cash. Eighteen months ago, Politico went out on…

Facebook Gives Up on Facebook Credits

Social network instead allowing users to purchase virtual goods with real money

Facebook has begun phasing out its Credits virtual currency, which users had purchased from the social network to put toward buying everything from FarmVille’s virtual currency to live concerts. Instead,…

U.K.’s 'Independent' Newspaper Introduces Paywall

Charges for overseas readers

British newspaper The Independent is to introduce a pay service for non-U.K. readers, The Guardian reports. The Indy is the latest British title to adopt charges for its online service.…

Publications Experiment With Bundling

Charging a premium for digital and throwing in print for little or nothing

So much for giving it away for free online. Increasingly, publishers are charging premium prices for digital content and throwing in the print product at little or no additional cost, reports…

Hearst and Apple Strike a Deal

First major magazine publisher to sell subscriptions through iTunes

Hearst has entered into a deal with Apple making it the first major publisher to sell digital subscriptions to its magazines through the iTunes store, The Wall Street Journal reported. Starting…