Media & Entertainment

Musk’s startup launches ‘sarcastic’ bot Grok: It’s in the testing phase and will be available to Premium users. Expect controversy, content moderation issues, and questions about value.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss how social networks could improve society, the NBA's plan to remake its TV deals, US consumers' feelings on shoppable ads, how many folks are "serial churners," how disruptive Sweetgreen's salad-making robot might be, a scientific breakthrough from a 14-year-old, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood, forecasting analyst Zach Goldner, and director of forecasting Oscar Orozco.

Disney acquires Comcast's 33% Hulu stake: The move solidifies its standing in the shifting streaming landscape.

Bad news for news publishers: The percentage of US adults who closely follow news developments continues to decline—pushing advertisers to platforms with healthier viewership.

The Bletchley Declaration, signed by officials from 28 countries, aims to tame AI’s unchecked global expansion, but long-term commitments are in question.

The iPhone maker hits its longest sales slump since 2001. Struggles in China intensify while Huawei rises and the smartphone market becomes saturated.

An executive order creates much-needed AI rules: The sweeping order addresses privacy and labor concerns but leaves out fraught topics like copyright.

Roku posts strong Q3 revenues growth, attributes to content, ads, and new TVs: ARPU drops as losses mount, but the company remains optimistic amid streaming challenges.

Only 2.2 million Netflix subscribers play its games daily: Games could bring advantages, but high costs and long production times are a struggle.

The Israel-Hamas war is reducing digital advertising spending: Meta, Snap, and others expect to see lower ad spend in Q4 due to the conflict.

A world on edge could curtail tech’s economic recovery: The tech industry faces economic challenges due to global instability and US-China tensions, despite a strong US economy.

Charter Spectrum blames loss of 100,000 subscriptions on Disney: A carriage fee battle between the video providers ushered in the next stage of the pivot to streaming.

Studios and actors haven’t agreed on AI rules: As strikes continue, studios are expected to lower their year-end outlooks.

Next year, US podcast ad spend will pass the $2 billion mark, according to our forecast. We project double-digit growth through the end of our forecast period in 2027. New data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) finds that podcast ads are trending toward brand awareness, with increasing emphasis on video formats.

Regulators want to know if it was a tactic to preserve search monopoly. Losing the case could result in breaking up lucrative exclusivity deals.

Google said today it is rolling out its Product Studio tool this week, which uses AI to help merchants create and manage product imagery. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Amazon Ads launched something similar last week. But it’s not just Amazon and Google that are leaning harder into generative AI. Walmart is incorporating the technology into search to give shoppers more relevant results, while Klarna is using AI-powered video to expand users’ time spent with the platform.

On today's podcast episode, host Bill Fisher is joined by our analysts Paul Briggs and Paul Verna and GWI’s chief research officer Jason Mander to discuss the latest Global Media Intelligence report, outlining media consumption behaviors from around the world.

AI companies must adapt to the emerging landscape of federal regulations or risk failing government approvals in an industry where innovation and agility are the currencies of success.

Streaming price hikes show no signs of stopping: Apple TV+ is the latest streamer to raise prices amid demands for higher revenues.

Human operators are back in its taxis after a DMV permit suspension. Public perception of autonomous vehicle safety will affect the broader AV industry.