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Warner Bros Discovery rises HBO Max’s monthly subscription fee to $15.99

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Warner Bros Discovery has raised the subscription fee to the ad-free version of video streaming service HBO Max by $1 to $15.99 in the United States.

This is the first subscription rise for the service since its launch in 2020, according to Reuters. HBO Max joins Netflix and Disney that also announced a rise in the subscription fees for some of their streaming services last year.

Warner Bros Discovery was formed in 2022 by the merger of AT&T Inc's WarnerMedia unit and Discovery Inc. ...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Music deals — Week 5, 2023

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Here's a list of the week's most important deals:

Hipgnosis Song Management has acquired various rights from the song catalogue from TMS, the British songwriting and record production team consisting of Tom ‘Froe’ Barnes, Benjamin Kohn and Pete ‘Merf’ Kelleher. Hipgnosis has acquired a 100% interest in publishing copyrights — including the writer’s share of performance —, producer royalty streams and neighbouring rights for 217 songs in the TMS catalogue. Terms of the agreement were not ...

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Key figures — Week 5, 2023

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52 billion

That's the number of cumulative minutes US subscribers to Netflix spent watching the show 'Stranger Things' in 2022, making it the most watched streaming show of the year, according to Nielsen. The second most viewed show was 'Ozark', also on Netflix, with 31.3 billion minutes. In the top 15 most watched shows, only two were not from Netflix — 'The Boys' and 'The Ring of Power' on Amazon Prime.  

3.75 billion

That's the total number of people in the world who were using a so...

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Quotes of the week — Week 5, 2023

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"Spotify will double down on things that worked well and stop doing the things that don't work. We are a lot more focused on efficiency."By Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in an interview with Reuters in which he admitted that the company over-invested in 2023 and will be showing more financial discipline in 2023.

"There’s a lot of conversation going on now about how do the deal structures evolve. How do we create more risk sharing among talent, producers and streamers? How do we create additiona...

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