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February 6, 2013
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  • Katzenberg: Video fees will eventually scale with screen size
    Studios and other distributors of video content will eventually adopt a tiered pricing model based on the size of viewers' screen, says Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG. "People will pay by the square inch," Katzenberg said at an industry event. "If a cell phone version is 75 cents, you'll get 350 million people in India to pay that." CNET (2/5), Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Netflix favors "binge viewing" with "House of Cards"
    Netflix's decision to release all 13 first-season episodes of its original series "House of Cards" at one time has the potential to undermine its own success by stifling the kind of social engagement that generates hype around popular shows, Steven Rosenbaum writes. By encouraging so-called "binge viewing," Netflix is trading in social media buzz and media coverage for seemingly little payoff, Rosenbaum writes. Forbes (2/5), The Guardian (London)/TV & Radio Blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disney CEO: Our deal with Netflix is for movies only
    Netflix has won the rights to stream movies from Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Touchstone beginning in 2016, but Disney Channel programming will continue to be provided to multichannel operators, Disney CEO Bob Iger says. "We thought long and hard about it, talked about it at length, and believed in the end that this is a movie play, and there are limitations in terms of when the movies are available and how many there are," Iger says. Home Media Magazine (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BlackBerry reports strong orders in Canada debut
    BlackBerry debuted its Z10 smartphone in Canada on Tuesday, with carriers reporting solid demand. CEO Thorsten Heins vowed to return the company to its former glory with the BlackBerry 10 platform. Also, a blog post revealed that the company and developer Unity are working to make it simpler to write gaming applications for the platform. And BlackBerry reportedly said it will update the operating system's Android run-time layer to include Android 4.1. The Wall Street Journal (2/5), Reuters (2/5), News Service (2/5), Engadget (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Industry is split on FCC proposal for free Wi-Fi networks
    Google and Microsoft are joining an industry effort in support of a Federal Communications Commission proposal for free Wi-Fi networks using existing spectrum. Wireless carriers and some Republican members of Congress oppose the plan, with the GOP saying such spectrum should be auctioned to private enterprise. Cisco Systems and other suppliers of networking and telecommunications equipment are asking the FCC to guard against interference for the public airwaves. The Washington Post (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • 1 in 5 owners bought an HDTV to watch the Super Bowl, according to CEA study
    Nearly a quarter of HDTV owners in the U.S. (22%) purchased their televisions for the specific purpose of watching the Super Bowl, according to the forthcoming Sports and Technology Study V by CEA. No other sporting event comes close to prompting that many purchases of HDTVs. Super Bowl fans use both televisions and Internet-connected devices to follow the game. Of the 70% of online U.S. adults who planned to follow the game, 53% said they were planning to watch live in high-definition, with 21% planning to watch live in standard definition. Read more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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For linear TV, the fixed number of prime-time slots mean that only shows that hit it big and fast survive. ... In baseball terms, linear TV only scores with home runs. We score with home runs, too, but also with singles, doubles, and triples."
--Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, in a letter to investors quoted by Forbes

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