Conor Brophy

Conor Brophy

Publishers or platforms?

Publishers or platforms?

It suits tech giants to say they’re operating a platform, rather than a publisher - but for how much longer?

Rapturous Wall Street reception for latest Netflix figures

Rapturous Wall Street reception for latest Netflix figures

HBO claims to prioritise quality over quantity, but Netflix’s latest financial results must surely give it pause

Spotify aims to tidy up song rights issues ahead of IPO

Spotify aims to tidy up song rights issues ahead of IPO

Spotify’s ‘stream first, ask legal questions later’ strategy could well sink its plan to go public, as songwriters line up for their pound of flesh

Gridiron losing its grip?

Gridiron losing its grip?

The NFL dominated US TV last year, with Donald Trump and the Oscars trailing in its wake. But its viewing figures are on the slide

Albums a harder sell despite vinyl resurgence

Albums a harder sell despite vinyl resurgence

Music fans have grown up leaving filler on the digital shelf and killer playlists on shuffle. No wonder they’re slow to buy albums

Will Amazon ever offer free video streaming?

Will Amazon ever offer free video streaming?

Amazon has clear advantages it can bring to bear should it decide to make a concerted push into providing a free version of Amazon Prime

Pressure on the internet giants to clean up their act

Pressure on the internet giants to clean up their act

Google and Facebook are wealthy corporations with immensely powerful tools at their disposal, but they appear not to have full control over these tools

Sony’s PS4 has managed to make it to the next level

Sony’s PS4 has managed to make it to the next level

It looked like game over for consoles not so long ago

Unilever wants to get behind Twitter's 'walled garden'

Unilever wants to get behind Twitter's 'walled garden'

Unilever’s marketing guru Keith Weed wants advertisers to be allowed to peek into the ‘walled garden’ of Facebook, Twitter et al

Media owners find selling options narrowing

Media owners find selling options narrowing

Jann Wenner and Richard Desmond are poles apart in most ways. But the two publishers now find themselves in similarly sticky situations

Businesses are preparing for the voice-control revolution

Businesses are preparing for the voice-control revolution

Many users are already finding Alexa and Echo too chatty by half, writes Conor Brophy

The humiliating fall of Bell Pottinger is a cautionary tale for PR firms the world over

The humiliating fall of Bell Pottinger is a cautionary tale for PR firms the world over

In the end, the PR firm was found to be lacking in both foresight and, more importantly, ethical fortitude

Netflix has proved subtitled TV can break into the mainstream

Netflix has proved subtitled TV can break into the mainstream

As of the end of June, Netflix had, for the first time in its history, more members outside the US than in its home country

Angry Birds movie seems to have given Rovio new hope

Angry Birds movie seems to have given Rovio new hope

Rovio will have to show that Angry Birds can continue to lay golden eggs, or find another goose

The art of the pivot

The art of the pivot

The US basketball shoe maker Under Armour’s identity as a performance brand worked for it - until it didn’t. It’s all about ‘athleisure’ now