HBO And HBO Max Added a Whopping 13 Million Subscribers in 2021 🎊🎉

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HBO And HBO Max Added a Whopping 13 Million Subscribers in 2021 🎊🎉

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HBO and HBO Max subscribers continued to soar high in the last year, adding a combined 13 million subscribers across its streaming platforms, including a growth of three million subscribers in the last quarter.

With this growth, both HBO services now have 76.8 million subscribers globally. But despite the increase in subscriber count, HBO and HBO Max are still behind Netflix (~221 million) and Disney Plus (~129 million).

In its earnings report, AT&T said, “At the end of the quarter, there were 76.8 million global HBO Max and HBO subscribers. Global HBO Max and HBO subscribers increased 12.8 million year over year and were up 3.0 million sequentially, primarily driven by international as well as domestic retail subscriber gains reflecting strength of the programming slate.”

The company noted saying, “At the end of the quarter, there were 48.6 million domestic HBO Max and HBO subscribers versus 44.2 million in the year-ago quarter, up 4.4 million.”

The growth is significant as the merger of HBO Max and Discovery-WarnerMedia will see two of the biggest entertainment companies shake up the streaming world post completion of the merger in the second quarter of this year.

SpaceX Signs a Deal With JSX For Starlink Inflight ✈ Wi-Fi

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SpaceX-owned satellite communications company Starlink has signed its first in-flight Wi-Fi deal with semi-private charter company JSX.

The deal involves 100 aircraft of JSX to be equipped with Starlink terminals. The value of the deal is not disclosed at the moment.

Ever since launching its first set of satellites in 2019, Starlink has constantly talked about disrupting the in-flight connectivity market.

The company has been constantly building out its constellation in an attempt to blanket the planet with high-speed internet.

Currently, there are around 2,000 Starlink satellites in orbit and the company is planning to deploy more in the coming months.

SpaceX’s Starlink service on JSX flights is pending regulatory approval, but if approved JSX will be the first to provide Starlink services.

JSX is planning to provide free services for every customer on board when it launches this year. The airline is billing itself as a “hop-on jet service,” functioning as a short-distance carrier offering 30-seat charter flights between US cities.

Media Markt Installs Dozen Bitcoin ATMs in Austria 🇦🇹

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Media Markt, a German-headquartered multinational chain of consumer electronics stores, has rolled out 12 Bitcoin ATMs at its stores in Austria. Notably, the Bitcoin ATM will be made available through a partnership with Kurant.

Confinity and its spinoff ATM company, Kurant, manage more than 200 Bitcoin ATMs in Germany, Spain, Greece, and Austria. At these ATMs, customers will be able to purchase Bitcoin or deposit fiat.

Media Markt has a huge presence across Europe with over 850 stores. The retailer partnered with Coinfinity, an Austrian Bitcoin company, to manage the pilot.

Following its successful pilot, the company has decided to roll out 12 new Bitcoin ATMs at its stores in Austria.

The company is currently testing the viability of Bitcoin ATMs in its stores and is likely to roll out more ATMs at its stores later.

With this project, Media Markt is also looking to cash in on the growing crypto user base as customers are willing to make purchases with their digital assets.

Digital Freight Network Convoy Raises $260 Million in Series E 💰

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Convoy, a digital freight network platform that connects shippers with carriers, has raised $260 million in its Series E funding round.

The funding comprised of a $160 million preferred equity round led by Baillie Gifford, and T. Rowe Price Associates, as well as a $100 million venture-debt investment from Hercules Capital. In addition, Convoy also secured a new $150 million line of credit from J.P. Morgan.

Founded in 2015 by Dan Lewis and Grant Goodale, Convoy is a U.S.-based digital freight network that moves truckloads and designs solutions that address supply chain inefficiencies.

The company’s platform connects shippers and freight brokers to a nationwide network of more than 400,000 trucks through its intuitive carrier-facing smartphone app and industry-leading technology platform.

Convoy’s innovative technology minimizes environmental waste by efficiently bundling and matching shipments with trucks, ultimately reducing empty miles from the industry standard of 35% to 19%.

The infusion of fresh capital will help Convoy to increase its headcount and accelerate product development initiatives to meet growing customer demand.

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