Media & Entertainment

On today's episode, we discuss what to expect from Prime Day 2022, Instagram's projected growth, what Americans watch on TV, the latest social commerce moves, movie theater ads 2.0, an unpopular opinion about comparing TV and digital video, how much time we spend doing meaningless work tasks, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Blake Droesch and Paul Verna and senior director of Briefings Stephanie Taglianetti.

Apple TV+ competes on quality: Meanwhile, Prime Video is adjusting its strategy, while Disney+ maintains the status quo.

Ad industry’s spending winners: Google and Meta command a dominant share of the US digital ad market for now, but TikTok and Apple are among the companies that are muscling in.

Come 2024, the number of cord-cutters and cord-nevers, at 138.1 million, will surpass the pay TV viewership, at 129.3 million, in the US. The gap will continue to widen as more people say goodbye to traditional cable, satellite, or telecom live TV services.

Gen Z listeners aren’t big on podcasts: That’s a problem for Spotify, which is trying hard to get young listeners on board.

On today's episode, we discuss how much Netflix and Disney+ will make from ads, what Snapchat+ is, how best to prevent customers from leaving you and trading down, Facebook's algorithm change to take on TikTok, why Apple and Google are coming for your car, an unpopular opinion about email newsletters, what the new "Squid Game" game show will look like, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Suzy Davidkhanian and Max Willens and director of reports editing Rahul Chadha.

Snap sees AR making a difference for brands: Product marketing lead tells our principal analyst that use of augmented reality tools delivers “meaningful impact” to the bottom lines of business partners.

Meta’s new prototypes show promise: Unveiling future VR headsets and announcing brand partnerships could stoke interest in the metaverse, but Meta still has a long way to go to push the platform into the mainstream.

Snap believes AR can transform the online shopping experience: Our principal analyst spoke with the company’s global AR product strategy lead about how Snap is helping brands increase conversions and reduce returns.

Some 3% of US adults have already purchased real estate in a metaverse environment, and a further 8% are interested in staking their claim on a digital land plot. That said, more than half of US adults have never heard of virtual real estate, indicating we’re still a ways out from society going meta.

Here's what you missed at Cannes so far: the future of advertising, inclusivity, and sustainability are themes that keep coming up.

On today's episode, we discuss how much "Top Gun: Maverick" is helping movie theaters recover, why the number of American video game players is shrinking, the headwinds threatening air travel's recovery, how much money Spotify made from podcast ads, when Amazon may overtake Walmart as the largest retailer in the US, an unpopular opinion about the movie-viewing experience, how Bluetooth got its name, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Dave Frankland and Paul Verna and director of forecasting Oscar Orozco.

Retailers struggle with online returns, but charging won’t help: Brands like Asos and Boohoo should focus on improving the customer experience to help mitigate the effects of inflation and bracketing.

Insider Intelligence spoke with Sanyu Dillon, executive vice president and CMO at Penguin Random House US, about brands building cultural fluency, entering the metaverse, and building digital communities with younger audiences.

Remote surgery platform Proximie raised $80M. We unpack how it solves typical telehealth connectivity barriers and why more US health systems are becoming interested in the tech.

Is the shine off nonfungible tokens (NFTs)? As of May, just 2% of US adults surveyed have invested in NFTs and like them, while another 4% have invested but aren’t happy about it. The 64% majority said they have no investment or interest in these assets, up from 56% in October 2021.

Are parental controls enough to keep kids safe in the metaverse? Desperate for new users, Meta is putting the onus on parents to supervise their teens’ access to Quest and Instagram.

Advertising uncertainty just got worse: A report found that 17% of ads on CTV devices air while TVs are off, costing advertisers $1 billion.

US linear TV ad spending will hit $68.35 billion this year and fall to $64.94 billion in 2026. Despite that decline, ad spending on linear and connected TV (CTV) combined will increase from $87.24 billion this year to more than $100 billion in 2026 due to the surge in CTV viewing.

Metaverse events roll out welcome mat for LGBT+ community: Brands seize on opportunities to celebrate Pride Month in the virtual world.