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January 14, 2013
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  Entertainment News 
  • Disney plans early VOD release of "Wreck-it-Ralph"
    The Pixar film "Wreck-it-Ralph" will be available as a digital download starting Feb. 12, three weeks before its release on DVD. Industry watchers say Disney's ambitious bow to digital parallels a similar move by Fox -- which released a digital version of "Prometheus" three weeks before it was available on disc -- and represents a potential game changer as studios test the benefits of VOD over DVD. TG Daily (1/10), Variety.com (free content) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ISPs can stream video in 3D, Super HD with Netflix's Open Connect
    Netflix is giving Internet providers the opportunity to stream video content in 3D and Super HD formats under its Open Connect program, Chloe Albanesius writes. In the U.S., Cablevision is among the ISPs participating in the Netflix content-delivery system, Albanesius writes. Around the world, BT Group, GVT, TDC, Telmex, Telus and Virgin Media have also signed up for Open Connect. PC Magazine (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Why monetizing digital content means dropping the print mindset
    Generating revenue from digital content requires seeing consumers as moving targets, experts say. Karen McGrane, a consultant and the author of "Content Strategy for Mobile," says the industry needs to adopt standardized APIs that reflect consumer behavior, including how content is accessed, consumed and shared. Forbes (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forecast sees mobile driving online-advertising gains this year
    The rise of Internet-connected mobile devices is expected to push online advertising to $43.5 billion, a quarter of all U.S. ad spending, by the end of the year, JPMorgan Chase says. That would represent an increase of 17.4% over last year, with half of the growth coming from mobile. The forecast is also bullish on social media, and Facebook in particular, identifying social as a key driver of the brand-advertiser spending. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Google offers targeted couponing
    Google is getting into coupons with its Zavers service that targets coupons to customers of retailers and brands. Zavers works much like Apple's Passport, with consumers finding discounts on retailer websites that they can then save digitally, then access using their phone number. Targeting and tracking features allow participating retailers and brands to offer the right kinds of deals to specific customers. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Gartner: Tablets undercut PC sales in Q4
    The introduction of Windows 8 did little to slow the decline of PC sales in the fourth quarter, according to Gartner, which blamed the persistent slump on the popularity of tablet PCs. "Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by 'cannibalizing' PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a statement. India Today (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • U.S. regulators consider more bandwidth for "gigabit Wi-Fi"
    So-called "gigabit Wi-Fi" may get a boost under a Federal Communications Commission plan to reallocate more spectrum for it. The FCC is considering expanding available Wi-Fi spectrum by 35% by freeing an additional 195 MHz of bandwidth in the 5 GHz band, which would be the biggest extension of unlicensed spectrum in 10 years. eWeek (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • New events at DMW Music
    On Feb. 20 and 21, DMW Music opens its doors to 500-plus of the most influential music and digital media leaders in downtown New York to socialize, share ideas, do deals and learn about new technologies and services. Attend the Music-Tech Crawl, which includes the offices of Spotify, YouTube/Google, Pandora, Clear Channel and more! Don't forget to cast in your nominations for the Music Leadership Awards. Also new are the Un-Conference Sessions and classroom style presentations. Find out more at www.dmw-music.com. CEA members and friends receive 15% off registration with code CEA15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
Most of the magazine digital editions have been an attempt to move the print model wholesale to a new platform. But content is a flow medium, and attempts by the print-driven mindset to control the experience have mostly failed."
--Karen McGrane, consultant, as quoted by Forbes

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