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ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube is poised to launch a subscription music service as soon as December, positioning it to compete with Spotify, Rdio and other digital offerings, according to people familiar with the matter. The Internet's dominant online video already is the most popular on-demand music offering in the world.  YouTube even has surpassed radio as the leading way teens and young adults listen to songs.  A subscription service would seek to build YouTube's strength in digital music.  YouTube users already can watch an unlimited number of music videos through an application on their mobile devices, as well as through a browser on their computers.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The subscription service would offer additional features, such as a commercial-free experience and the freedom to store music on a mobile device to listen when not connected to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
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BUSINESS
September 26, 2001 | RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vivendi Universal, the world's fourth-largest media company, said Tuesday that it sticking by its sales and earnings forecasts for 2001 and 2002, despite the economic storm that has clobbered rivals. Chief Executive Jean-Marie Messier said Vivendi will meet its targets this year despite fallout from the terrorist attacks because the French-American conglomerate is less dependent on advertising.
BUSINESS
June 9, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Six companies, including General Motors Corp., DirecTV Inc. and Clear Channel Communications, agreed to invest a total of $250 million in closely held XM Satellite Radio Inc., which plans to offer a new form of subscription radio service for initial use in cars.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2001 | JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Online music service FullAudio Corp. has crossed another important threshold, lining up its first licensing deal with a major record label. The Chicago-based company, which plans to offer downloadable music on a subscription basis, is expected to announce today that EMI Group's EMI Recorded Music has granted it a license covering most of EMI's catalog. It previously announced groundbreaking licensing deals with EMI Music Publishing, the industry's largest publisher, and BMG Music Publishing.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kevin Conroy's first job in music was to hit the high notes as star of his grade-school productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Godspell." From there, he joined the church choir and sang competitively as part of a double quartet in college. His first concert? Three Dog Night. Hardly the cutting-edge credentials one would expect from a guy on the front line of the ultra-hip, post-Napster digital music revolution.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Meg James
Spanish-language radio star Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is borrowing a page from Howard Stern. Three weeks after severing ties with Univision Radio, Sotelo has made a deal to bounce to SiriusXM satellite radio. This fall, Sotelo will launch a Spanish-language entertainment channel on the subscription service called Piolín Radio, which will be anchored by a live four-hour morning program that Sotelo will broadcast from Los Angeles. "I am honored SiriusXM believes in me," Sotelo, whose nickname means "Tweety Bird," said in a statement.
NEWS
October 29, 2001 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The board of General Motors Corp. agreed Sunday night to create the nation's largest subscription television service by selling its Hughes Electronics subsidiary, the owner of DirecTV, to rival satellite provider EchoStar Communications Corp. for nearly $26 billion in stock and cash, according to people close to the negotiations. The proposed merger would catapult EchoStar ahead of the nation's leading cable company, AT&T Corp. EchoStar, which has 6.4 million customers, would grow to 16.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Dish Network is aiming to use its new Blockbuster unit to challenge now vulnerable Netflix, but not at the expense of its own satellite television business. The company on Friday unveiled Blockbuster Movie Pass, a service that offers DVDs and video games by mail along with 3,000 movies and television shows available to stream on TV and an additional 1,000 for PCs. It will launch Oct. 1. The service will cost $10 a month, the same price Netflix charged for a combined streaming and DVD service before it unexpectedly raised the price in July, sparking public outrage and the loss of an estimated 400,000 subscribers by the end of September.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2001 | JOSEPH MENN and JON HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Beleaguered Napster, struggling to meet the demands of the courts and the music industry, is in talks with Microsoft about using the software giant's technology to help build a secure, copyright-friendly version of its online song-swapping service. Under legal attack by much of the music industry, Napster could use Microsoft's copyright-protecting technology to entice the music industry to supply songs being denied.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Netflix Inc., America's largest video subscription service, is hiking prices as much as 60% in a move that has sparked outrage among its customers but brought smiles to Hollywood studio executives. The service will no longer offer a $9.99 plan that lets users watch an unlimited number of movies online and rent one DVD at a time. Instead, subscribers who want that combination will have to pay a total of $15.98 a month — $7.99 for Netflix Instant streaming and $7.99 to receive discs in the mail.
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