Disney’s subscription streaming service to not compete with Netflix?

Disney’s subscription streaming service to not compete with Netflix? In this week’s subscription roundup, we find out a little more about Disney’s new subscription streaming service. And by the looks of it, Disney is not planning to get into a direct competition with arch rival Netflix. In addition, we look at two stories coming out from the Amazon stables - the first about theirambitious cashier-less stores called Amazon Go, and the second delves into new plans for thePrime Video service. Our final feature explores Spotify’s plans for diversification. 

Disney’s streaming service will be priced below Netflix

Earlier this year, Disney surprised incumbent subscription video streaming leaders when it announced the launch of its own subscription streaming service. But it turns out that the entertainment giant has no intentions of competing directly with Netflix. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger said that its streaming service will be priced substantially below Netflix.
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Amazon all set to launch Amazon Go

Amazon is all set to launch its ambitious cashier-less retail stores called Amazon Go. The automated stores will use sensors and other technologies to automatically charge customers. The company has been testing this concept through a prototype store in Seattle, and while the full details are not out yet, Amazon will likely leverage its acquisition of Whole Foods in a big way with Amazon Go. Undoubtedly, the Amazon Prime subscription service will also play a critical role in offering a cashier-less experience to customers.
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Amazon to offer Prime Video for free?

According to a few reports, Amazon is said to be working on a free, ad-supported version of Prime Video. Currently, Prime Video is part of the $99 Amazon Prime subscription bundle which offers free shipping, early access to deals, Amazon Prime Music along with shows and movies. Amazon is also reportedly spending $5 billion on content this year, as competition from newer entrants such as Apple and Disney has sparked an all-out streaming war.
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Spotify ventures into beauty products

Popular music streaming service Spotify has started to diversify its platform beyond just music. The subscription service is experimenting with selling beauty products, expanding its partnership with Merchbar. Spotify started working with Merchbar last year to sell artists’ merchandise on their profile pages. It is worth noting that this is not a new revenue stream for Spotify, since the company will not take any cut from the sales of the beauty products, but is an effort to ‘sweeten the deal’ for the artists agreeing to stream their music on the platform . Spotify has also dabbled with selling tickets for music concerts in the past.
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Also, read about Twitter’s new advertising subscription program.