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September 25, 2012
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  • Redbox Instant plans holiday season debut
    Redbox Instant by Verizon, the new joint service from Coinstar's Redbox and Verizon Communications, will launch in time for the holiday season. The service, which offers subscription streaming, movie sales and rental services, as well as DVDs in kiosks, is undergoing testing by about 500 Verizon workers at their homes. It will at first offer mainly recent releases that are already being rented or sold. Bloomberg (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roku to debut $100 Streaming Stick, signs deal with Vudu
    Roku next month plans to roll out its Streaming Stick, priced at $99.99, which will plug into the back of television sets to provide over-the-top video content. The USB-like wireless device uses Mobile High-Definition Link technology, which is expected to be available on more TV models by the end of this year. Roku also struck a deal with Wal-Mart's Vudu video-streaming service to offer more than 100,000 pay-per-view titles through its set-top boxes. Multichannel News (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mobile presents an opportunity for offline retailers
    One significant advantage mobile marketing offers to physical stores for sales is the opportunity to personalize shoppers' experiences, and one can complement the other, experts note. "You can't reconfigure a physical space to personalize it. But you can have the mobile phone be a personalization lens when they walk in to that store ... importing the things that are best about shopping online into the physical world where they weren't available before," Shopkick co-founder Aaron Emigh said at a recent event. GigaOm (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • How to keep your part-time workers happy
    Using part-time workers might be able to save your business some money, but it's important to make sure they feel valued. You should hold meetings when part-time workers are around and you should schedule some time to make sure they know what is going on at your company, according to George Boue of Stiles, a real estate firm. "What I typically do is set aside five minutes or so where I meet with my part-timer and bring her up to speed on anything that's taken place over the past day," Boue notes. Intuit Small Business Blog (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register for SBCA SkyFORUM 2012
    Registration is now open for SBCA SkyFORUM, Oct. 23 to 25. This virtual conference will provide 12 hours of educational and informational sessions. From topics under Risk & Safety to new technologies and products, SBCA SkyFORUM has something to offer everyone. SBCA Members and Certified Techs are invited to attend for free, while nonmembers can attend for a little as $25. Go to SkyForumSBCA.com for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cable vets take a PCO into the future
    Two veterans of the traditional cable industry made the move to the Private Cable Operator world because they believe in better service and that one size doesn't fit all. Direct Video Entertainment President Steve Friedman and Vice President of Operations Paula Adderton worked together in traditional cable organizations for more than 25 years but knew they wanted to give their customers much more. Disillusioned by the many cable company consolidations that took customer service and cookie cutter services to a whole new level, Friedman and Adderton brainstormed and developed a concept that became their company, DVE. Read the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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