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The Weekly Listen: Oracle Wins TikTok Bid, the 2021 Summer Olympics, and Paramount+

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson, junior analyst Blake Droesch, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss Oracle winning the TikTok bid, the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo definitely happening next year, CBS All Access being rebranded to "Paramount+," "YouTube Shorts" being tested in India, Americans' 2020 travel plans, what living creature is technically immortal, and more.

The Weekly Listen: Virtual Water Coolers, Frugal Consumers, and Instagram on Facebook

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss how to recreate those water cooler moments in the digital world, how much Super Bowl LV commercials are going for, watching Instagram Stories on Facebook, parents' more positive view of devices, the number of Facebook Watch viewers, the difference between frugal and cheap, what you didn't notice about that double rainbow, and more.

TikTok Sees Major Growth in the UK amid Pandemic

TikTok’s future may be uncertain in the US, but its UK operations continue to grow robustly despite security concerns. According to our latest UK social network forecast, the Chinese-owned video platform will have several milestone moments this year and next.

The Weekly Listen: China Complicates TikTok Sale, Local TV Streaming, and Current Events in Ads

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Debra Aho Williamson, senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the latest TikTok news, how much current events should be referenced in ads, Peacock's new voice ads, a local TV station streaming service, Amazon getting really close to drone deliveries, how far we are from actual flying cars, and more.

Ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) platforms saw strong growth in ad revenues last quarter, a bright spot in the overall ad market during the pandemic.

Where Americans Stream Audio, TV's Optimistic H2 and What More Voice Assistants Means

eMarketer senior corporate account director Michael Civins, forecasting analyst Peter Vahle and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss which music platforms Americans use and the growing significance of podcast listening. They then talk about whether TV networks are being too optimistic about H2, how many more voice assistants there are and movies going from theaters to digital platforms much faster.

Disney+ Reaches 60 Million Subscribers, Saving Quibi and a YouTube Alternative

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and senior analyst at Insider Intelligence Audrey Schomer discuss where Disney+ currently slots in the video streaming market. They then talk about whether a free ad-supported tier can save Quibi, the difficulty of deciding what to watch and if Facebook's music video offering will rival YouTube's.

The Weekly Listen: LGBTQ+ in Ads, Paying Media and Will TikTok Get Banned or Bought?

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss whether TikTok will get banned or bought by someone (like Microsoft), Australia making big tech pay for media, "Prime Gaming," digital revenues exceed print at The New York Times, appealing to the LGBTQ+ community in ads, who gave America it’s most popular chocolate and more.

The Weekly Listen: Big Tech's Hearing, CBS 'More' Access and Ad Potency in a Pandemic

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the main takeaways from the recent big-tech antitrust hearing; how CBS All Access is beefing up; how much sports can help advertisers this year; the effectiveness of ads during a pandemic; what a Twitter subscription service might look like; how high one could jump on Mars and more.

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, senior analyst Audrey Schomer and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the full release of NBCUniversal's new video streaming service, Peacock, and where it slots in to a crowded market. Then eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson discuss some new and interesting findings about young people's use of screens.

US Disney+ Viewers on Track to Surpass Hulu by 2024

According to our latest estimates for over-the-top (OTT) video services in the US, Disney+ will have 72.4 million users this year, representing 32.1% of OTT viewers.

Can Netflix Fight Back Against the Horde of Rivals?

Business Insider Intelligence senior analyst Audrey Schomer, eMarketer senior analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the streaming wars. How long can Netflix maintain its lead? What does the future hold for premium video-on-demand? What's the ceiling for Disney+? And what do we think of the new Apple TV+ bundle strategy?

How a Confusing Back-to-School Shopping Season Will Influence Spending

Business Insider Intelligence research analyst Daniel Keyes, eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman and senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Cindy Liu discuss how a staggered back-to-school shopping season is changing consumer spending and advertising. They then talk about why Walmart has teamed up with Microsoft to bid for TikTok, and what Walmart's membership program launch means for Amazon Prime.

US Twitch Usage Accelerates amid Lockdowns

Video viewing platform Twitch is benefiting from coronavirus lockdowns in a big way in the US. Usage will jump 26.2% this year to 41.5 million, higher than the 37.5 million predicted in February.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle discuss the implications of TikTok suing the US government, smartphone use while watching TV, a potential new tech agency, Instagram's new "Suggested Posts," the status of cord-cutting, how you can tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps and more.

The Pandemic Presents an Opportunity for Esports Viewership

Esports viewership has not caught up to the media hype – but there could be upcoming growth opportunities.

Retailers Won’t Increase Digital Display Ad Spend Much This Year, Despite Record Ecommerce Sales

While the overall economy has suffered from pandemic-necessitated behavioral changes, some industries have been hit harder than others. We estimate that US retail sales will decline by 10.5% this year, and even though the shift to ecommerce will accelerate digital sales to new heights, retailers will grow their US digital display ad spending by only a sluggish 2.3% this year.

Can Instagram's 'Reels' Steal Users from TikTok?

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss whether Instagram's "Reels" feature can steal users from TikTok. They then talk about whether Twitter might buy TikTok, the Federal Trade Commission's potential Twitter fine and a new study about how young consumers engage with premium video.

During its recent earnings call, Comcast said that NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock reached 10 million sign-ups since its soft launch in April this year.

The Weekly Listen: TikTok vs. America, Pandora Interactive Ads and TV Ads in Console Games

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss TikTok's chances of not getting banned, Spotify video podcasts, Pandora's interactive voice ads, HBO Max sign-ups so far, TV ads in console games, why American farmhouses are typically painted red and more.