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January 2, 2013
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  Entertainment News 
  • Video games dominate U.K.'s digital-entertainment sector
    Producers of video games, music and videos generated $1.6 billion from digital content in the U.K. last year, an increase of about 11% over 2011 despite an overall decline in entertainment dollars, data show. The Entertainment Retailers Association says video games represented the most lucrative sector, but a decision among suppliers to withhold new releases ahead of the London Olympics weakened sales throughout 2012. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are consumers ready for Ultra HD TV?
    Ultra HD television sets will be featured at next week's 2013 International CES, Daisuke Wakabayashi writes. Prices for these higher-resolution TVs are expected to range from $8,700 to $25,000. "If you're a consumer, you'll pay more for a technology that you understand," said Paul Gagnon of NPD DisplaySearch. "And in the case of higher resolution, that's a very easy thing to understand." The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Digital payoff is smaller than expected for media firms
    Digital is shaping up to be a less lucrative avenue for traditional media firms than anticipated, according to figures that show legacy avenues remain primary ad revenue drivers. For the first three quarters of 2012, digital advertising accounted for about 15% of total newspaper advertising sales, according to the Newspaper Association of America, despite an increase in online readership. Radio, meanwhile, posted digital-ad revenues of $561 million in the first nine months of 2012, a fraction of the $12 billion the industry generated in ad dollars during the period. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • Marketers take first steps in combining TV, mobile
    Marketers are beginning to create campaigns that combine television and mobile elements, this article notes. For example, Fox and NBC Universal are piloting systems that let viewers use a mobile device to make purchases related to a show they're watching, and "connecting commerce to TV will grow and become more mainstream in 2013," said Sloane Kelley, interactive strategy director at BFG. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's a fine line for online-video ads
    Online-marketing firms face potential pitfalls in creating video ads, says Joshua Hardwick, co-founder of Shorty Media. Hardwick says the challenges include finding the proper promotional voice without seeming over-eager, engaging a wide audience without relying too heavily on kitsch and humor, and imparting a clear message without hitting consumers with too much information. MediaPost Communications/VidBlog (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • The 2013 trends for smartphones: Bigger displays, quad-core chips
    Smartphone displays of 5 inches or more will be more typical in 2013, experts say. MediaTek, Spreadtrum Communications and other chip suppliers are expected to offer more quad-core processors for smartphones, making the faster chips standard equipment for this year, experts say. DigiTimes (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gigabit broadband gets a boost from municipal, institutional dollars
    A growing number of municipalities and institutions are finding that the best way to get access to reliable, ultra-fast broadband is to bankroll their own. The trend has given rise to partnerships involving cities, universities and hospitals with the goal of deploying fiber-based gigabit networks to support public-safety and learning applications. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Jam-out Gibson style!
    Gibson Guitar will be hosting happy hours and jam sessions during the 2013 International CES, Jan. 8 to 10 in CES Central Plaza at the Gibson Tent. Have fun, hear live performances and see the star-studded excitement from some of the biggest names in music, movies and television. Enjoy an open bar, and enter for a chance to win top-notch prizes, including Les Paul guitars and other "official" Gibson product giveaways. There will even be open-to-all-CES-attendees "jam sessions" with guitars provided by Gibson. Come join the party! To learn more, check out LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ESPN 3D Bowl Bash Viewing Party at CES
    On the Monday night before CES begins, it's the game of the year in college football, No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama. And if you haven't seen sports in 3DTV, you won't want to miss it, especially on the really big screen at the LVH Theatre. Be sure to bring your invitation with you so you can see the big picture, but also the small, as they will be displaying sports in 3D on glasses-free tablets as well. For those of you not from the left coast, don't forget it's a 5 p.m. Pacific time start in Vegas, so make it a point to adjust your clocks so you don't miss kickoff! Visit our website for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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