NewFronts: AOL to Open Studio for Live VR Programming in Downtown NYC

AOL is doubling down on live video events — and virtual reality tech — with the planned opening of a new 13,412-square-foot studio space in downtown Manhattan. The ground-floor studio, to be located at 692 Broadway, will house the company’s live interview and event series, AOL Build, and feature a street-facing main stage and seating… Read more »

Fox News’ Bret Baier on Why Donald Trump Keeps Winning

Fox News anchor Bret Baier is poring over his briefing book, gobbling up electoral factoids and Hoosier State minutiae as he preps for Tuesday’s Indiana primary. Along with Megyn Kelly, the 45-year-old Baier will oversee “America’s Election Headquarters.” He expects a quick night of decisive victories that will most likely secure Donald Trump and Hillary… Read more »

CBS’ Les Moonves Is “Salivating” For Upfront Ad Sales As Demand Grows

The ad market is “on fire” — with flames so intense that CBS plans to increase the amount of inventory it will sell in the upfront market, expecting to walk away with bigger sales and higher pricing than it saw last year, CEO Les Moonves told analysts today in his quarterly earnings call.
“The scatter market is as hot as its been in many many years,” he says. As a result “we are salivating” for upfront sales to begin. He added later that he can foresee double digit…


‘Person of Interest’ Bosses Say Final Season Is For the Fans

When “Person of Interest” — essentially CBS’ “Little Engine That Could” for the past four seasons — begins its fifth and final season tonight expect more of what has made the show increasingly bright over the years. “The real fun of this season was that even though we had a reduced episode order it became… Read more »

iHeart Radio Surpasses 85 million Registered Users

iHeart Radio Surpasses 85 million Registered Users

iHeart Radio is growing faster than any other streaming service…

Today iHeart Radio, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service, announced via their blog that it now has more than 85 million registered users.  

Back in January, DMN wrote about the service hitting 80 million registered users, and now it has managed to add another 5 million registered users in a matter of a few months. This is impressive growth, something that other streaming services and even Facebook hasn’t been able to accomplish.

iHeart Radio launched back in September 2011, and has since grown into a digital music service that offers a network of traditional radio stations.  According to iHeart Radio’s blog, the app has been ”downloaded more than 900 million times”, with ‘85 million social media followers’.  The service is also said to be ”available on more than 80 unique platforms” spanning in-home entertainment to mobile etc., with Pandora in a similar platform race.

At last count, Pandora had 250 million registered users and 81 million monthly active users, which is three times the size of iHeart Radio, so to say the very least Pandora is considerably larger.  But is iHeartRadio growing a lot faster?  It most certainly seems to be.

Unfortunately, iHeartRadio (and parent iHeartCommunications, formerly Clear Channel Communications) is battling angry creditors and struggling to stay afloat after saddling itself with billions of debt. But, that’s the same case for Pandora, with both companies facing serious financial issues ahead.

Outside of those concerns, iHeartRadio faces continued pressure to innovate and diversify its service, as mega-rivals like Apple, Google, Spotify, who are continuously pumping millions if not billions into their services.

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Universal Dates A Kurtzman-Morgan Monster Movie For 2019

Universal has added a third untitled monster franchise movie from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to the schedule, set for Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. This follows The Mummy starring Tom Cruise on June 9, 2017 and another untitled monster pic on April 13, 2018. This is all a part of the producers’ new initiative to revive and reimagine Universal’s classic…