With the Bahrein Gran Prix canceled last weekend, a new option emerged from Formula 1 for its fans in the form of esports races. These virtual events began to appear at record-speed after the cancellation of the previous weekend's Australian Grand Prix. Last weekend there were three races to replace the Bahrein Gran Prix, including The Race All-Star Esports Battle last Saturday, where well-known drivers engaged in a virtual race. All three events were live-streamed on YouTube and Twitch.
During the weekend of March 14-16, the number of subscribers to Disney+ tripled compared to the previous weekend, according to Antenna, the NY-based PR firm. The company says it bases these figures from opt-in consumer panel data. While HBO NOW and Showtime also showed gains of 90% and 78% during the same period, unlike Disney, they are offering free trials, which may skew the results in their favor.
Concerned by high rates of Internet traffic during the covid-19 crisis, YouTube has reduced video quality on its site as default although, if viewers choose, they can still access videos in HD. This change was initially in response to European regulators asking streaming providers to help reduce bandwidth demand in Europe but has now extended this policy to America as well. YouTube and Netflix were the biggest consumers of bandwidth on the Internet.
As covid-19 shuts down live sports events for the foreseeable future, analysts believe that this will accelerate cord-cutting. With the trend of Netflix's market share increasing, and it's share price performing well compared to other stocks, Netflix looks set to be a winner as people stay at home and watch more TV, according to Baird, the WI-based financial services firm.
Lotame, the MD-based data solutions company, reckons that lots of different solutions to no more cookies is not ideal and that greater collaboration is a better way forward. While cookie replacements are emerging, such as identity graphs, the firm believes that more ecosystem involvement is the way to generate better quality big data insights.