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January 9, 2013
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  • Felicia Day on the formula for online success
    Mobility and social media continue to revolutionize the entertainment industry, actress and writer Felicia Day says. Day, the ambassador of Entertainment Matters at this year's International CES, says that while it's cheaper and easier to produce online content, creating an enduring product is ultimately about professionalism and a compelling story. "At the end of the day, the thing that will last and have legs and be able to go beyond the moment it's consumed is the storytelling that we're used to seeing in movies and on TV," Day says. (free content) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawsuits fail to deter Aereo from expanding TV service
    Aereo, which offers a Web-based subscription live TV service, has raised an additional $38 million from private investors, bringing its total funding to $63 million despite pending lawsuits that challenge the service's legality. Aereo, which won a preliminary round in federal court in July, will use the money to expand its service from New York City to 22 more metropolitan markets this year. "The court decision was the green light in our perspective," CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said. Light Reading (1/8), The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google finds success with IPTV offering in Kansas City
    Google Fiber has attracted 30% of passed homes in the Kansas City, Mo., area to pay a $10 preregistration fee to take its IPTV and high-speed Internet service, while another 30% have expressed interest in the services, according to a study from the Ideas & Solutions research firm. Also at Google, the company says it will provide free Wi-Fi service to parts of New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (1/9), Bloomberg (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T adds movie streaming to U-Verse TV
    AT&T's U-Verse television service will expand its content reach with a video-streaming service, U-Verse Screen Pack. The service, which will cost subscribers an extra $5 per month, will feature a library of 1,500 films from a handful of studios, with plans to add new releases and television series in the future. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon to pursue broadcast streaming over LTE, CEO says
    Verizon Communications says it will broadcast live television to smart devices over its 4G Long-Term Evolution networks as early as 2014. "Our goal is to break down the barriers between home and mobile once and for all, and come up with video services that move seamlessly across any network and any device," CEO Lowell McAdam said. Verizon is collaborating with the National Football League on a suite of mobile services. Multichannel News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Forbes' iPad app design reinforces the magazine's content
    Forbes has cautiously built an iPad application that exploits its recently redesigned magazine and website and incorporates elements of earlier digital efforts. The app uses PDF files of the magazine to tie in better to the brand, and a digital clipper allows users to share designated portions of a page. Forbes will monetize the app through cross-platform advertising and subscription fees. Mobile Marketer (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Marketers begin to think mobile, social first
    Marketers are adapting quickly and learning to think about mobile first, as the outlines of how mobile users differ from PC users in their online behavior become clear, this article notes. For instance, mobile users tend to spend more time on social media, making them "the most engaged folks on social networks," observed Chia Chen, senior vice president and mobile practice lead at Digitas. "So the question is, how do we think about it from a mobile perspective in the beginning?" he asks. eMarketer (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • DISH's "Hopper" upgrade may raise studios' ire again
    DISH Network has introduced an enhanced version of its "Hopper" set-top device that allows users to stream live TV and previously recorded content to a range of devices. Analysts say the features -- which are powered, in part, by technology from Sling Media -- have the potential to undermine studio monetization efforts and could lead to lawsuits such as those filed by Fox and NBC challenging the ad-skipping features of the first-generation Hopper. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Official CES Closing Party to be held at TAO
    TAO at The Venetian is one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs, so it's no wonder that it will host the official closing party for the 2013 International CES. With more than 10,000 square feet, you'll have plenty of room to end your 2013 CES right. Enjoy complimentary admission all night, and an exclusive wristband for complimentary service to their well open bar from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Pacific time on Friday. Attendees must bring their CES badge or a printed copy of the event pass. For more information about this and other CES Events, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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