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February 13, 2013
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  • NBCU to transform G4 into Esquire Network
    NBCUniversal is preparing to remake its G4 video-gaming-themed channel into the Esquire Network, which is being pitched as "an upscale Bravo for men." The TV version of the magazine will cover similar topics, such as cars, politics, travel, fashion and cooking, without duplicating the print content. NBCU owns the channel, but Esquire parent Hearst Magazines has "a strong interest" in its success, according to Hearst Magazines President David Carey. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • News Corp. set to announce national sports nets at March upfront
    News Corp., during its first-ever sports upfront early next month, will finally provide details about its plan to launch national sports channels to compete with ESPN, sources said. Fox Sports Media Group reportedly is working to create a pair of sports networks from its existing Speed Channel and Fuel network that will focus on Major League Baseball, college football, NASCAR, professional soccer and ultimate fighting. Former daytime talker Regis Philbin is in talks to join the main channel's lineup for an afternoon show, according to sources. Fox will also share details about programming for its 22 regional sports networks at the upfront. Reuters (2/8), Multichannel News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ESPN showcases clutch plays in push for streaming app
    ESPN is promoting its WatchESPN application with several spots that highlight clutch plays in various sports through the eyes of two imaginary, animated fans: Vic and Steve. "They are true sports fans, and you will see them throughout the year talking about different sports," Adriana Rizzo, ESPN's senior director of consumer marketing, said of the campaign developed by 72andSunny. ClickZ (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TBWA\Chiat\Day will create brand identity for beIN Sport net
    Startup beIN Sport has tapped TBWA\Chiat\Day's New York office to develop its brand and produce promotional ads. The network, despite having funding from Al Jazeera and a lineup of soccer games from France's Ligue 1 and other top leagues, faces a tall task in vying for attention alongside bigger rivals like ESPN and Fox Sports. Adweek (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: 3 in 4 U.S. households have an HDTV set
    Three in 4 U.S. homes have a minimum of one HDTV set, and more than half of households that have an HD set have two or more, Leichtman Research Group has found in a poll. Almost 4 in 10 U.S. homes have multiple HDTV sets, compared with about 1 in 4 in 2011 and 1 in 20 in 2008. Almost 1 in 4 homes in the past year bought an HDTV set, with a mean purchase price of $680 -- a 30% decrease, compared with five years ago. Multichannel News (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AMC gets real on Thursday nights
    AMC on Thursday will unveil its block of unscripted series, which are part of its goal to offer original programming every week of the year; currently the net has original shows for 43 weeks. The Thursday block starts at 9 p.m. with the second-season opener of "Comic Book Men," followed at 9:30 by the debut of "Freakshow" and the 10 p.m. premiere of the taxidermy-themed "Immortalized." Adweek (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Google ads set to appear on Yahoo sites
    Yahoo will add Google to the roster of ad networks it uses to fill its pages, sources say. That could presage renewed talks regarding a bigger ad deal between the tech giants, although for now Google and Yahoo appear happy to stick to a relatively low-level partnership focusing on using small AdSense ads to plug Yahoo's unsold inventory, writes Peter Kafka. "Any truly significant tie-up between Yahoo and Google would certainly undergo a whole lot of regulatory scrutiny," Kafka notes. All Things D (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Promoted tweets engage better as a response to search
    Promoted tweets that are a response to a user's search queries earn an 88% higher click-through rate than those simply appearing in the timeline, according to a TBG Digital study. Tweeting in timeline yielded a 29% lower cost-per-engagement for marketers. "These findings show that Twitter users are very engaged when they are searching for something. However, it's worth noting that search volume is limited, unless you focus on key times -- for example, around big TV shows and live sporting events," says TBG Digital CEO Simon Mansell. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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