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October 10, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Studios work to broaden the appeal of UltraViolet
    Cloud-based movie platform UltraViolet has generated hype but little consumer interest, prompting the company's early adopters to push through incentives involving UV-enabled films. Paramount Pictures, Barnes & Noble and 20th Century Fox have expanded their UltraViolet libraries through rights deals and service launches in an effort to target consumers who are looking for low-cost alternatives to DVDs and early access to new releases. CNET (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ZTE to release Android set-top boxes for 3DTV
    Chinese telecom giant ZTE is developing a line of HTML5 set-top boxes to support 3D television and video calling over Google's Android platform -- which powers 90% of its smartphones. The company is developing a mobile operating system in partnership with Mozilla in an effort to lessen its dependence on Google. Bloomberg (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Video 
  • Amazon inaugurates new fee structure with Epix deal
    A streaming-video deal between Amazon.com and Epix contains an incentive that observers say could be a game changer when it comes to future deals between service providers and content developers. Under terms of the agreement -- dubbed by one analyst as "video deals 2.0" -- in addition to an upfront fee, Amazon has agreed to pay Epix a bonus if subscribers to its streaming service increase past a specified threshold. Reuters (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Mobile search drives surge in U.K. mobile-ad spending
    Revenues from mobile advertising in the U.K. increased by triple digits during the first half of 2012, according to data from PricewaterhouseCoopers. According to the tally conducted on behalf of the Internet Advertising Bureau, U.K. media outlets logged revenue of $290 million from a range of mobile ads, an increase of 132% over last year. Mobile search topped the list of moneymakers, accounting for 72% of overall revenues for the sector. PaidContent.org (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • Interactive features breathe new life into luxury auto ads
    Luxury automakers such as Maserati and Porsche are adapting print advertising for interactive experiences. QR codes and augmented-reality features add another level of engagement to traditional ads, while driving customers to branded online destinations. "The role of print is changing, and auto marketers are using it as a gateway to promote digital experiences through things like QR codes and smartphone-based augmented-reality applications and to drive consumers to Web destinations that offer a more engaging online experience," says Siegel+Gale's strategy director, Philipp Reker. Luxury Daily (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Barnes & Noble reports record Nook preorders
    Preorders for the new Nook HD and HD+ tablets are the highest Barnes & Noble has ever seen, CEO William Lynch said. Data show the company has lost a small slice of market share, but the potential market is big enough for more than one player, he said, and Barnes & Noble expects to increase sales and share with expanded Nook sales at Wal-Mart and Target, both of which have stopped selling Amazon's Kindle. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • Smart-grid deployments helping bolster rural broadband
    As utilities make the transition to intuitive distribution technologies that rely on robust two-way communication, having adequate access to broadband will be a critical component of their success, experts say. According to Dave Russell -- a solutions marketing director at Calix -- while only a small number of utilities are advancing broadband projects, increased interest in the smart grid is driving steady investment in access technologies, particularly in rural areas that lack mature wireless and fiber optic infrastructure. FierceSmartGrid (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • CES welcomes Variety as a Title Sponsor of Entertainment Matters
    CES is thrilled to once again welcome Variety as a Title Sponsor of the Entertainment Matters program at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas. Variety will also be producing the Entertainment Matters Daily at CES, dedicated to Entertainment Matters news, events, schedules and special editorial features, on all four days of the show, Jan. 8 to 11. The Entertainment Matters program offers exhibits, keynotes, panels and special events tailored to the Hollywood community. The program drew more than 32,000 entertainment industry professionals to the 2012 CES. Be sure to register for Entertainment Matters at CES before the fees increase to $200 on Jan. 2. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
We never thought that we were going to operate without competition. We were surprised that it has taken this long for anyone to really emerge in a meaningful way."
--Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, as quoted by Reuters

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