Big stream of notes is music to the ears

Original article by Andrew McMillen
The Australian – Page: 4 : 11-Oct-19

APRA-AMCOS has reported record of revenue of $471.8m for 2018-19. The music rights management agency has advised that digital revenue – which includes both streaming audio and video services – rose 30 per cent in 2018-19, to $175.4m. APRA-AMCOS’s annual report also notes that there has been 4,265 per cent growth in audio streaming revenue since 2012-13, while live music revenue has risen from $16.6m in 2009-10 to $30m in 2018-19.

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AUSTRALASIAN PERFORMING RIGHT ASSOCIATION LIMITED, AUSTRALASIAN MECHANICAL COPYRIGHT OWNERS SOCIETY LIMITED, SPOTIFY LIMITED, APPLE MUSIC, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, YOUTUBE INCORPORATED, INSTAGRAM LLC, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD

Streaming wars: Disney strips content from Foxtel

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 7-Oct-19

Pay-TV group Foxtel will revamp its movie channels package in response to the loss of content from the Walt Disney Company. Foxtel’s existing Disney Movie Channel will cease broadcasting on 7 November, ahead of the launch of the Disney+ subscription video-on-demand service on 19 November. The Disney and Disney Jnr channels will remain on Foxtel until at least the end of February. Meanwhile, Foxtel plans to launch its own drama and entertainment streaming service, while Stan owner Nine Entertainment is said to be in talks with Disney regarding a content deal.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NETFLIX INCORPORATED

Reforms to level media playing field

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 4-Oct-19

Traditional and digital media companies will be subject to the same regulatory regime under changes proposed by the federal government. Any reforms arising from the review of the regulatory regime are expected to be implemented in stages, as recommended by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission in the final report of its Digital Platforms Inquiry. Potential reforms could include imposing local content obligation on subscription video-on-demand services and increasing the producer tax offset for TV shows.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, DISNEY+

Film industry wants local content requirements for streaming services

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: Online : 18-Sep-19

Australian actors, producers and directors are calling on the federal government to introduce local content requirements for streaming platforms such as Stan and Netflix. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has previously indicated this was something the government would consider. The screen industry is also calling for existing local content rules for free-to-air and pay television operators to be retained, while the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance notes that the industry generates around $3 billion in economic activity each year.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS ALLIANCE, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NETFLIX INCORPORATED

The new minority – the home phone connected

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 3-Sep-19

New research from Roy Morgan shows that 66.5% of Australians had access to subscription/pay TV services at home in June 2019, compared with 61.6% in June 2018 and just 29.1% in June 2015. Driving the increase has been the huge take-up of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service Netflix, which is now accessible by around 11.5 million Australians. In total, 57.1% of Australians now have access to SVOD services (including Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime. Only four years ago less than 2% of Australians had SVOD. The incredibly fast take-up of these new technologies, and the almost ubiquitous usage of mobile phones (now used by 95.9% of Australians), has accelerated the decline in home phones. Now 48.6% of the population have a home phone connected, down 9.5% points from a year ago. Over 96% of Australians had a home phone connection in 2001. These findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey are derived from in-depth face-to-face personal interviews with over 50,000 Australians each year in their homes.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Cups run over for sought-after sports stream

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 23 : 2-Sep-19

Kayo Sports CEO Julian Ogrin has downplayed concerns that the sports streaming service could cannibalise the subscriber base of parent company Foxtel. He says Kayo Sports is primarily targeting Australians who do not subscribe to Foxtel at present. Kayo boasted 382,000 subscribers at the end of June, including 331,000 paying customers, and Ogrin notes that subscribers viewed some 25 million hours of sports content on Kayo in the June quarter. Football fans viewed an average of 3.5 hours of content on Kayo during the period.

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KAYO SPORTS, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, DISNEY+, ESPN INCORPORATED

Streaming subscriptions on the rise as TV ad revenue comes under pressure

Original article by Stephanie Chalmers
abc.net au – Page: Online : 2-Sep-19

Overall television advertising revenue was down by over four per cent in 2018-19, but revenue from advertising on broadcaster video-on-demand services jumped 32 per cent. Research by Telsyte indicates that over 50 per cent of Australian households have a video-on-demand paid subscription, with 43 per cent of households having more than one subscription. New Seven West Media CEO James Warburton says the company is exploring possible streaming partnerships in the subscription video-on-demand sector.

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TELSYTE PTY LTD, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

Stan’s high-stakes battle in new Disney landscape

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 23-Aug-19

Video streaming service Stan has posted earnings of $500,000 for the second half of 2018-19, although it has made a full-year loss of $21.3m. Revenue increased by 62 per cent to $157.1m, while the number of active subscribers rose by 200,000 to 1.7 million. Stan’s costs increased by 23 per cent to $178.4m, largely due to expenditure on marketing its Disney content, which it is likely to lose when the rival Disney+ streaming service is launched in Australia in late 2019.

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STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, FOXTEL NOW, KAYO SPORTS, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, HAYU, PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION, VIACOM INCORPORATED, SHOWTIME, CBS CORPORATION

Disney+ to launch in Australia

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 20-Aug-19

US media giant Walt Disney Company has confirmed the Australian launch date and pricing for its video streaming service. Disney+ will cost $8.99 per month or $89.99 a year when it is launched in Australia on 19 November. Australia and New Zealand will be among the first markets in the world to gain access to Disney+, which will be launched in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on 12 November. Disney+ will include content from the Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars franchises.

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WALT DISNEY COMPANY, DISNEY+, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, HULU LLC

Optus banks on EPL to boost subscribers

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 26 : 9-Aug-19

Optus’s sports streaming service currently boasts more than 700,000 subscribers, and the telco is optimistic that the new English Premier League season will attract more customers. Optus CEO Allen Lew notes that no EPL matches will broadcast on free-to-air networks during the new season; he adds that in addition to live streaming of all matches, Optus Sport will seek to deliver additional value to customers via its coverage of the EPL. Optus initially secured exclusive EPL rights in 2015, and its deal was renewed in 2018.

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SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE