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October 24, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Study: Digital movies to win out over DVDs within 5 years
    Digital downloads, subscription streaming and video on demand grew from $1.3 billion in 2007 to $5.5 billion this year, and those digital formats will grow even faster over the next five years, according to Mintel. "We're not going to see DVDs disappear in the next five years. There will still be people who have DVD players and will still have DVDs within five years," Mintel analyst Billy Hulkower said. "Unless you're buying a DVD to buy a DVD, you could just buy the digital movie." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pay-TV providers confront challenges of online migration
    Consumers are gradually dropping their subscriptions to pay-television services as they transition to online and over-the-top video platforms, according to a report from ABI Research that predicts that the number of U.S. pay-TV households will decline by about 0.5% annually through 2017. The firm's Technology Barometer Research Service says that rather than fight the trend, television operators need to find ways to leverage new technologies. Still, researchers warned against a cavalier approach that fails to consider long-term market trends. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Video 
  • Hulu, Netflix, YouTube keep up with changing viewing habits
    Market saturation and rising licensing costs are fueling an evolution in the online-video sector as companies that made their mark as distributors of third-party content are finding it more profitable to create their own. Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and YouTube have all launched aggressive production initiatives to address changing viewing habits, such as a desire among some consumers to watch an entire season of shows in two or three sittings rather than waiting for them to be released one-by-one. TheWrap.com (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Facebook boasts of mobile monetization successes
    Facebook is eager to persuade investors that its mobile strategy is a moneymaker, with executives pointing out that mobile ads generate more revenue and consumers engage more actively with mobile advertising than they do on traditional platforms. Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman says three-quarters of the company's news feed ad revenue comes from mobile platforms, while mobile helped contribute to a 20% increase in North American ad prices in the third quarter. GigaOm (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Packaged-goods consumers warm to online videos
    Video ads are emerging as an important marketing tool for the consumer-packaged-goods category, studies show. Video viewership by CPG consumers rose by 44% in the third quarter, even as overall retail viewership fell by 22%. "This presents a clear opportunity for CPG marketers ... to reach out to potential customers in a channel they are already using," this unbylined article notes. eMarketer (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Apple debuts iPad with smaller screen
    Apple has unveiled its iPad Mini, a tablet with a 7.9-inch screen that increases the need for retailers to find ways to optimize their sites for multiple screens. The tablet is designed to compete with tablets from Amazon and Google, but comes with a higher price tag than the competitors' devices. The Wall Street Journal (10/23), Internet Retailer (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • EE to package movie streaming with inaugural 4G service
    British consumers will get a new movie-streaming option when broadband provider EE goes live with its 4G network next week. The company announced that it will include a bundled download and streaming service called EE Film that takes advantage of a licensing agreement with FilmFlex, a partnership of Sony and Disney. Subscribers to EE's service will get one free movie a week, the company said, and will be able to purchase additional titles starting at about $1.26 apiece. PaidContent.org (10/23), MSN Money (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
We're just getting started with mobile products and monetization. We can reach more users [through mobile], those users visit more often and I think we will make more money."
--Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, as quoted by GigaOm

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