Effective August 21, 2019, the FX+ streaming video subscription service is no more, a victim of Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s assets. For $5.99 a month, FX+ subscribers had access to more than 1,400 episodes of popular shows including The Shield, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. By shutting down the service, Disney is paving the way for potential subscribers to subscribe to Hulu, which will feature FX Networks content, or their new streaming subscription service, Disney+, set to launch this fall.
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In this week’s subscription headlines, Congress asks Facebook to press pause on its decision to create cryptocurrency, Nintendo Switch Online reveals it has grown to 10 million subscribers, and Amazon offers new customer pick-up locations at 100 Rite-Aid stores across the country. Also this week, subscribers feel like they’ve been taken hostage by DirecTV and AT&T, Nordstrom teams up with Rent the Runway, and Google and the Associated Press are working on a tool to share more local news faster.
Next Tuesday, July 16, representatives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will testify before the House Antitrust Subcommittee to discuss concerns that “a small number of dominant, unregulated platforms have extraordinary power over commerce, communication and information online.” The federal government is concerned that the dominance these companies wield over the marketplace hampers competition. The antitrust committee will conduct a top-to-bottom review, the first time Congress has undertaken such an investigation of this area.
In this week’s edition of Five on Friday, the ABA Journal looks at different types of law firm subscriptions, DocuSign expands its payment options in Europe by teaming up with GoCardless, the Calm App hits $150 million in annual recurring revenue, WarnerMedia reveals additional details about its forthcoming streaming subscription service, and the IBM and Red Hat acquisition is complete, as the two tech companies seal the deal.
Sony announced Monday that it is raising prices for all of its multi-channel PlayStation Vue plans by $5 a month. PlayStation Vue is Sony’s over-the-top streaming TV subscription service. The price increase is effective immediately for new customers and will go into effect July 31 for current subscribers. In a blog post announcing the change, the company cited rising costs as the reason for the rate increase. PlayStation Vue’s last price increase was last summer, also a $5-per-month increase.
The testing phase of fan subscriptions is over, and Facebook will start taking a cut of the revenue, starting in 2020, reports TechCrunch. In 2018, Facebook launched the fan subscription program to allow content creators to charge fans $4.99 a month to access exclusive content and get a fan badge. During the testing period, Facebook did not take any of the revenue. How much they will take and when depends on the platform.
One month after Amazon announced a $575 million investment in Deliveroo, a London-based food delivery service, regulators in the United Kingdom press pause on the transaction, forcing the companies to stop any forward progress. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released an initial enforcement order effective June 24 stating it has “reasonable grounds for suspecting” that Amazon.com and Deliveroo will cease to be distinct entities if the transaction goes through. If the deal is completed, Amazon would be a minority owner of Deliveroo.
In partnership with Scroll, investors and publishing partners, Mozilla may compete against Apple News Plus soon, offering an ad-free news subscription service for $4.99 a month, reports BGR. In addition to charging half the cost of the new Apple News Plus, the Scroll news subscription service offers readers some cool features. For example, when readers start an article on a laptop or phone, mobile or desktop, and switch devices later, Scroll will save the reader’s spot. This is true regardless of where the article is discovered, whether through Reddit, Twitter or another app.
This week’s subscription news features everything from gaming and productivity tools to reading and music subscriptions: Quartz lays off business-side employees for the second time this year, Slack goes down due to connectivity issues, and Twitch launches an exclusive subscriber-only stream which might violate its terms of service. Also, Apple Music surpasses 60 million subscribers, Bustle buys Nylon and Nintendo Switch Online is considering adding retro games and other classic systems to its service.
We hope you had a fun, safe Fourth of July! In this week’s edition of Five on Friday, we share top subscription jobs from LinkedIn, the media discusses whether Netflix is leaving money on the table by not accepting advertising revenue, MoviePass suspends its movie subscription service, Fortune.com redesigns its site (hint: it looks the same but it operates differently), and Amazon celebrates its 25th birthday.