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October 29, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Streaming services boosted home-video revenue in Q3
    Spending on home-video entertainment increased slightly in the third quarter, propelled in large part by sales of subscription streaming services, according to a report from Digital Entertainment Group. Consumers spent $3.94 billion on home video during the quarter, up 0.2%, while subscription streaming revenues were $579.2 million. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Video 
  • U.K.'s ITV inaugurates fee-based VOD service
    ITV is expanding further into online-content delivery with a video-on-demand platform. Viewers will be able to purchase access to archived shows or rent multi-episode "box sets." Observers say the broadcaster will face challenges, including the potential of competing with LoveFilm and Netflix, both of which recently licensed the rights to portions of ITV's library. PaidContent.org (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Financial Times sees growth in digital subscriptions
    Pearson, publisher of the Financial Times, says digital subscriptions increased 17% during the first nine months of 2012, although advertising remains "weak and short-term." Financial Times has 313,000 paid digital subscribers, Pearson says. Rob Grimshaw, managing director of FT.com, predicted earlier this year that the percentage of paper's digital audience who access their content via mobile devices will grow to 50% within three years. Journalism.co.uk (U.K.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • QR codes link Pepsi drinkers to entertainment news
    PepsiCo and Twitter's Live for Now campaign will include QR codes on soft drink cups that link to entertainment news. "By linking the QR code to video content, the consumer is provided with unique, relevant and engaging content directly from something as simple as a cup," said Mike Wehrs, president and CEO of Scanbuy. Mobile Marketer (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Penguin, Random House join forces to push digital books
    Bertelsmann and Pearson have announced plans to merge their publishing arms, Random House and Penguin, into a joint venture to be called Penguin Random House. Germany-based Bertelsmann will own 53% and Pearson 47% of the new company, which will publish about one-quarter of all the books sold in the U.K. Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino says the merger will enable the companies to be "more adventurous in trying new models in this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers." PaidContent.org (10/29), The Guardian (London) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • U.K. completes "digital switchover," ends analog TV
    The U.K. has turned off its last analog television signals, completing a transition to full digital broadcasting and paving the way for 4G wireless services. With the end of analog TV, the 800 MHz spectrum that supported it will now be auctioned off along with 2.6 GHz frequency for use in broadband mobile networks that will cover 98% of the nation's municipalities. ZDNet (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Felicia Day named CES' Entertainment Matters Ambassador
     
    Felicia Day has been named Ambassador of the Entertainment Matters Program for the 2013 International CES. Best known for her role in hit Web series "The Guild," Day has been a pioneer in the Web video world and will be a strong advocate for CES, helping to bridge the gap between the technology and content communities. CES announced this relationship on Oct. 24 at the Entertainment Matters at CES L.A. event where Day participated on an industry panel. Learn more about Entertainment Matters at CES. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
We will be in the market in the fourth quarter. Quite frankly, this has been a heavy lift."
--Robert Mudge, Verizon executive, discussing the company's partnership with Redbox, as quoted by Light Reading Cable

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