Media & Entertainment

Netflix and other streamers are doubling down on Japanese animation: Half of Netflix’s 222 million subscribers watched anime last year.

Join our analysts Paul Verna and Andrew Lipsman as they discuss the top-gaining segments of digital advertising, like connected TV and retail media, and explore whether the future of digital advertising belongs to Silicon Valley giants Meta and Google or their Seattle counterparts Amazon and Microsoft.

Nearly 2 in 5 augmented reality (AR) users in the US will shop with the technology this year, for a total of 35.0 million retail AR users. That base is up 18.8% from last year and will continue to grow at double-digit rates through 2024 as shoppers make use of virtual try-on and product visualization features.

The number of digital video viewers in the UK continues to grow. This year, almost three-quarters (74.9%) of the population, totaling 50.6 million, will watch digital video.

Subscriptions are becoming increasingly important to the video game industry: That’s the lesson from Sony’s launch of its new service, which is set to take on Microsoft’s Game Pass.

Intel earns Nvidia’s vote as potential foundry partner: Future Intel chip fabs could boost capacity for GPUs and other chips, taking away TSMC and Samsung’s dominance and bringing production closer to home.

NFTs come to the fore in China: However, the country’s regulatory scrutiny could add complexities to engaging with them.

YouTube is the leading podcast platform among US adults who listen to 5 hours or more of these shows per week, with 55% tuning in there. Streaming audio platforms Spotify and Apple Podcasts take second and third place, respectively, while Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and Facebook round out the top five.

The definition of cinema changed this weekend: With a Best Picture win for “CODA,” Apple showed that a streamer can deliver high-quality movie-going experiences—without going to the movies.

TV audiences are fragmented, and the Oscars won’t change that: Though the 2022 ad inventory is sold out, a modest bounceback from last year’s disappointing show is probably the best ABC can hope for.

YouTube’s free TV shows will boost its watch time and appease nervous advertisers: Ad-supported TV is an obvious move, but the platform lacks access to today’s biggest hits.

Subscription over-the-top (sub OTT) video viewing has become one of the most common digital activities on Earth. We forecast 1.88 billion people worldwide will use a sub OTT service at least once per month in 2022. That figure has nearly doubled from just four years ago.

A new bill targets acquisitions, but could struggle to get passed: Democrats are backing an antitrust measure that would let them block mergers of over $5 billion.

Learn what the holy grail of connected TV (CTV) might be. "In Other News," we discuss which Nielsen ratings alternatives are leading the pack and what the biggest viewership challenge for baseball is. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Paul Verna.

SXSW’s return reemphasized the importance of experiential marketing activations: Prime Video and others made big splashes, though pandemic-era virtual experiences remain.

Learn about out-of-home advertising's recovery, what people watch on TV, Peloton's new leasing program, rethinking the gig work model, a surprising turn of events for physical music, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Dave Frankland and Blake Droesch and director of reports editing Rahul Chadha.

Learn how video streaming is evolving. For "In Other News," we discuss what to make of the collective viewership of all major TV events and a surprising stat about Gen Z's relationship with TV. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Ross Benes.

Instagram’s role in the metaverse will involve NFTs and the creator economy: At SXSW, Zuckerberg hinted at long-term metaverse plans and upcoming NFT features.

In the US, software startups attracted $121.2 billion in venture capital investments last year, more than triple what those in commercial products and services received, at $39.1 billion. Pharmaceuticals and biotech raised the third-highest amount, with $37.8 billion in venture capital.