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December 3, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Netflix gears up for more original programming next year
    Streaming provider Netflix is preparing to launch at least five new original programs in 2013, including the supernatural series "Hemlock Grove," the comedy "Derek" starring Ricky Gervais and new episodes of the show "Arrested Development." Analysts say original programming will be a key differentiator for the company as it goes head-to-head with cable TV for subscribers, a task that is made more challenging by budget limitations. The Wall Street Journal (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Video 
  • Redbox Instant subscriptions will start at $6 a month
    Redbox Instant by Verizon, which is being tested ahead of its unveiling by the end of 2012, reportedly will offer unlimited streaming of "Rango," "Iron Man 2" and other titles for $6 a month. For an extra $2 a month, users will be able to use four monthly Redbox credits to check out DVDs from Redbox kiosks. Redbox Instant will be accessible via the Web, Android and iOS devices, Xbox 360, and some Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, with each subscription good for up to five devices. GigaOm (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concurrent touts ITV support in MediaHawk VOD platform
    Concurrent, a provider of video-on-demand platforms, announced that its systems and software have been upgraded to include support for Internet-enabled televisions. The company's MediaHawk VX software is now compatible with ITVs from Sony, Samsung, Philips, LG, Panasonic and Toshiba, according to Concurrent. The firm says it will begin deploying its VOD solutions to smart TVs through a partnership with an unnamed European operator. Multichannel News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Analysis: Pay walls must place more focus on the customer
    Online publishers seeking revenue streams must recognize that charging for content is about more than simply assigning a price; it requires an understanding of what readers value and how they are most willing to pay for it, Tien Tzuo writes. Experts say this requires adopting a customer-centric approach based on user metrics and demographic analysis so that publishers are able to create product bundles and pricing options that fit the needs of their readers. The Guardian (London)/Media Network blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Mobile users love swipeable ad formats, Google says
    Tablet users are warming to Google's new swipeable ad formats, which allow brands to create galleries and instant video players as part of their ad units, the search giant says. A swipeable gallery campaign by Finnair had a 5% interaction rate, more than twice the 2.37% rate seen on Google's pre-iPad DoubleClick network, and 12% of interacting users subsequently clicked through to Finnair's website. PaidContent.org (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Tablet sales remain static despite Windows 8 debut
    Microsoft's Windows 8 has had little effect on device sales, with the software giant's Surface tablet accounting for less than 1% the operating system's market penetration, according to a report from NPD Group. According to the firm's Weekly Tracking Service, sales of all Windows devices are down 21% year-over-year since the Oct. 26 launch of Windows 8, although average selling prices for Windows devices continue to increase. eWeek (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • WISPA challenges 4.9 GHz interference claims in comments to FCC
    The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association is calling for an independent study to determine whether unlicensed spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band can be used for commercial mobile-broadband services without causing interference for public-safety operators. "By using geolocation database capabilities and ensuring that public safety users have priority access during times of incidents, the concerns of those opposing or suggesting deferral of consideration for secondary use can be alleviated," the group wrote in comments to the Federal Communications Commission. FierceBroadbandWireless (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • SAG-AFTRA is proud to once again co-sponsor Entertainment Matters
    For the second year, SAG-AFTRA will be an Associate Sponsor of Entertainment Matters at the 2013 International CES®. SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 entertainment and media professionals including actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers and editors, recording artists, singers, and others. Entertainment Matters, sponsored by Variety and AOL, is a program developed to help these entertainment professionals navigate the largest annual innovation event in the world, through exhibits, keynotes and panels as well as events critical to the Hollywood community. To learn more about Entertainment Matters and register, visit EMatCES.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
The point the networks make is that the DVR is revolutionizing viewing. But that is masking the fact that the new shows they put on this fall just aren't that good. There are better shows on cable."
--Brad Adgate of Horizon Media, as quoted by The New York Times

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