2021.01.08 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello

It’s impossible to start this edition of Last Week in Digital Media without acknowledging the riots in Washington DC, and the part digital and social media played in the lead-up, during, and after the event. If you want a summary of the actions taken by the various social platforms, I recommend this article from Axios. If you’re interested in understanding the potential regulatory response, this Washington Post article is worth reading.

In more personal news, this year is the 5th-year anniversary of Last Week in Digital Media. Thank you for reading and indulging in this hobby since before newsletters were cool. This week, I’ll cover the major news since the newsletter went on break, plus the news of the week, so it’s a bumper anniversary edition. Here’s all the news you may have missed:

GENERAL

ONLINE VIDEO

  • Roku has acquired the worldwide rights to the Quibi content library. The content will all live on the ad-supported Roku Channel. It’s a big move for Roku, who have stayed away from having their own original content. It’s rumored that Roku paid “significantly” under US$100MM for the content.
  • Discovery+ launched, starting at US$4.99 per month with ads or US$6.99 ad-free. Discovery+ is available across all streaming devices (Roku, Amazon, Apple, etc.).

REGULATORY

PRIVACY, TRUST, and SAFETY

Please take care, stay safe, and have a good week.

Joshua

PS. It’s a new year, and we all need a distraction. Check out Dall-E, which uses AI and Machine Learning images using text input – such as an illustration of a baby daikon radish in a tutu walking a dog. You can also make your own images based on a pre-determined list of inputs (Penguin in a suit wearing ice cream…). Enjoy.