Amazon Fire TV Devices Streaming Free Ad-Supported Music Videos

Amazon is adding free access to streaming music videos across it Fire TV devices. Music videos are available from artists on the Billboard Hot 100, including Taylor Swift, Drake, Harry Styles, Lizzo, Karol G, and Luke Combs, as well as a back catalog of classics from any genre. New content will be added daily, expanding the collection of music videos.

Fire TV users can find personalized video recommendations based on their likes and viewing history, create their own mixes, or choose from more than 200 curated playlists, such as Top Holiday Hits, Best of 2022 Recap, Siempre Latino, and Country Today.

In addition to music videos, Fire TV users now have free access to financial insights and analysis from Bloomberg, The Street and CNBC; coverage of movies, television, and celebrities from “E! News” and “Mixible”; E-sports game previews and trailers from providers such as IGN, ESTV and Crown Channel; and comedy clips from “Always Funny Videos,” “FailArmy,” “People Are Awesome” and “The Pet Collective.”

Fire TV’s new free offerings expand on the recently introduced sports, trending trailers, and food and cooking categories.

1979 Springsteen Concerts Headed to Digital Rental and Purchase in November

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts will come out for digital purchase Nov. 16, and digital rental Nov. 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film features performances by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the September 1979 MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The film features all 13 songs performed over two nights — 10 never before released — transferred and edited from original No Nukes film footage and restored in HD, with remixed and remastered audio.

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Vevo: Global Music Video Streaming Views Up 30% in 2020

Music video streaming service Vevo Dec. 15 said it reached weekend daily highs of 1 billion global views in 2020. The service said that expansion into the homes via an array of OTT partners, including Samsung TV Plus, Vizio and Netrange, global viewership via connected television (CTV) increased 30% from January through November vs. the same period in 2019.

Notably, Samsung TV Plus and Pluto TV have together contributed nearly 10 million average daily views, including nearly 2 million daily views of the Vevo Holiday Channel, which launched in November.

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“In a year when the world grappled with a global pandemic and demanded social justice for all, music was a unifier. There’s no doubt, it’s a key part of our lives,” Vevo CEO Alan Price said in a statement.

Vevo saw significant spikes in viewership around global events. Europe’s “The Final Countdown” saw views jump by 161% on the day the U.K. officially left the European Union, and R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World” video saw a 2,719% lift in views after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March. During the global social justice movements across June, Childish Gambino’s “This is America” saw a 225% increase in monthly views and The Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love?” saw a 351% lift in views.

These moments highlight the role music videos play for people during pivotal societal moments, as they turn to music to soundtrack their lives, said Price.

“These year-end trends … show how, at scale, we deliver culturally relevant content that reveals true artistic creativity,” he added. “We look forward to continuing to add value to our partners in 2021.”

Vevo Brings Music Videos to Vizio Connected Televisions

Music video streaming platform Vevo Dec. 8 announced that its catalog of more than 450,000 music videos and original content is now available for free (with ads) on Vizio SmartCast Televisions. 

The partnership is part of Vevo’s expansion into the connected television space, as consumers increasingly choose to stream music videos in the home. An internal analysis of Vevo’s viewership metrics revealed a 27% year-over-year growth (Jan.-Nov. 2020 vs. Jan.-Nov. 2019) of music video consumption globally across connected TV devices.

Kevin McGurn, president of sales and distribution at Vevo, said the Vizio deal affords advertisers a guaranteed audience composition, brand safety for their media delivery.

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“Our research shows that consumers want to watch music videos in their living rooms and that they are watching alongside their friends and family,” McGurn said. “Together with Vizio, which has its own impressive scale and reach, Vevo’s content is now available to even more connected television audiences.”

Indeed, Irvine, Calif.-based Vizio was the second-largest shipper of TVs in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2019, with a 16.5% market share, according to data from IHS Markit.

Vizio joins a portfolio of existing Vevo partners, which include YouTube, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Roku, PlutoTV, Apple TV, NetRange, Virgin Media, Sky, Vewd, Xumo and Samsung TV Plus, among others. 

“By building personalized experiences and enhancing our platform with endless entertainment options for consumers, we are also able to serve up new direct-to-device advertising opportunities for brands and agencies,” said Katherine Pond, VP of business development at Vizio. 


Vevo Inks Music Video Distribution Deal With Australia’s Telstra TV

Vevo, a music video streaming platform, announced that its catalog of 450,000 videos will now be available on Telstra TV, the streaming service owned by Australian telecommunications giant Telstra. The telco has more than 16 million subscribers.

The addition of music videos to the service comes at a time for consumers when their access to live music is limited due to the coronavirus pandemic and they are increasingly turning to premium music video to discover new artists, keep up with current hits, and rediscover old favorites.

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“Being able to tap into Telstra’s impressive reach and distribution is another step towards our goal of bringing music videos back to the living room,” Steve Sos, managing director of Australia and New Zealand for Vevo, said in a statement. “In doing so we are also able to significantly increase our growing pool of inventory on the big screen for our commercial partners.”

The latter part of 2020 sees Vevo continuing to expand its global distribution capabilities and execute on a strategy of music video viewership across connected television by more than 20% annually over the past two years.

Rebecca Haagsma, media executive, product and technology at Telstra, said adding Vevo content is key to expanding Telstra TV’s online appeal.

“We know our users love and enjoy the range of music content available via Telstra TV today and the addition of Vevo will only enrich that experience, and further extend on our ambition to become the best aggregator of entertainment for our customers,” Haagsma said.