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With the Olympics over, Peacock needs to figure out what’s next

It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for Peacock. NBC positioned its streaming service as the place to go if you wanted to stream the Olympics without a cable subscription — something that should have been an easy win for the upstart platform. Instead, Peacock’s coverage was wonky and confusing, and the service hasn’t given …

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Twitch will give streamers a bit more info on why they were banned

Twitch’s suspensions are about to get a little clearer for streamers: starting on Monday, the company announced that it will include the name and date of the content that violated platform rules when it issues a ban. It’s not quite a clear and simple explanation of what precisely a streamer might have done to get …

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TikTok is testing a Snapchat-style stories feature

On a long enough timeline, every social media app trends to adding stories, and now it’s apparently TikTok’s turn: the popular video app is experimenting with a new stories feature. The feature was highlighted by Matt Navarra on Twitter, and a TikTok spokesperson confirmed the test in an email to The Verge. The new feature, …

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HBO Max looks to woo new subscribers with free episodes

HBO Max is offering free episodes to potential new subscribers in-app and free of charge so they can take its more popular series for a test drive before committing to yet another streaming service. The company announced that, starting today, new viewers mulling a subscription can watch a selection of 13 pilots from HBO and …

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YouTube Shorts Fund offers $10,000/month for creators

YouTube will pay creators up to $10,000 per month for making popular videos on its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts. The company plans to pay $100 million throughout the next year, with the first payments going out this month. The fund could mean a whole lot of cash for creators, but payouts aren’t guaranteed. The popularity …

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YouTube ‘Premium Lite’ subscription offers ad-free viewing for less

Google is piloting a more affordable premium subscription tier for YouTube that offers ad-free viewing without YouTube Premium’s other features like offline downloads or background playback. The new “Premium Lite” plan was spotted by a user on ResetEra, and YouTube subsequently confirmed the test offering in a statement given to The Verge. Premium Lite is …

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