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February 4, 2013
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  Entertainment News 
  • Netflix CEO: Original programming will help build subscriber base
    Netflix's investments in the series "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development" are part of a $5 billion bet on original content to attract subscribers, the company says. "We're on the cusp of something that will change television forever," CEO Reed Hastings said. "Our view is that over the next couple of years as Internet TV really grows, people will look back and say that this was the turning point." Bloomberg (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Streaming video gains on discs
    Digital downloads of video are gaining ground on DVDs and Blu-ray discs, accounting for 16% of movie viewing, compared with 2% in 2011. NPD Group says Apple's iTunes leads the market for video-on-demand downloads, with 45% of movie downloads. NPD says Hulu tops the market for free video streaming, accounting for 43% of such streams in 2012. Mashable (2/2), Investor's Business Daily (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Video 
  • "Downton Abbey" is headed to Amazon video
    Amazon has an agreement with PBS for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the show "Downton Abbey." Amazon Prime Instant Video will stream season 3 starting June 18; starting in July, Netflix will lose its rights to stream season 1. The Verge (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Pay walls aren't one-size-fits-all, Guardian CEO says
    Deciding whether a pay wall is right for a publication requires analysis of the audience and the willingness to get creative, says Andrew Miller, CEO of London's Guardian newspaper. Miller says that while charging for content may work for papers with a large local audience or those that provide niche coverage, a publication with international readership like The Guardian may be better served by engaging advertisers with a large audience and limiting fee-based content to specialized products such as an iPad application. Nieman Journalism Lab (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • Marketers squeeze more value from Super Bowl via mobile, social
    Oreo capitalized on a power outage during the Super Bowl by posting an amusing image to Twitter. Other brands leveraged their ads for the game on mobile and social networks Sunday, trying to squeeze as much value as possible from their record ad time outlays for the game. "In the last three to four years, brands have been gearing up on the social media front ahead of the game. But now more so than ever, we're seeing them take advantage of it during the game," said Derek Rucker, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Bloomberg (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Tablets are seen as a major TV viewing option by 2017
    Tablets will be in almost two-thirds of U.S. households by the end of 2017, with the devices expected to account for 10% of all current TV, video and over-the-top consumption, according to a report by The Diffusion Group. "This will create major new opportunities and challenges for content providers, TV networks, multichannel operators and advertisers. These companies need to be actively exercising their tablet strategies now, not later," said TDG senior analyst and report author Bill Niemeyer. Telecompetitor.com (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • Study cites economic benefits of broadband investment
    Demand for high-speed Internet access and software for mobile devices has created at least 33,000 jobs in Illinois, according to a study funded by AT&T on behalf of a coalition that's urging the state to encourage more industry competition. The study, which was released by the Illinois Partnership for the New Economy & Jobs, found that investment in broadband and mobile applications pumped $2.2 billion into the state's economy in 2010 and 2011, and that legislative changes could increase the number. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits: Exhibit space available NOW!
    All new for 2013, CEA Line Shows will now be called CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits. Building upon the expanded square-footage of last year while still including on-the-floor demo space, expanded meeting space, premium special event space, automotive accommodations, tractor trailer parking, and more. CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits will serve as the headquarters for CE Week in New York City, June 24 to 28. In 2012, more than 6,000 members representing 200 participating CE brands gathered for CE Week. To find out more about exhibiting in 2013, please contact Eric Schwartz at 267-879-216 or eschwartz@napco.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
For someone like us in the U.S., with a brand name that's not hugely well known, to have a pay wall and close off consumption of The Guardian at this stage would seem crazy to me."
--Andrew Miller, CEO of The Guardian, as quoted by Nieman Journalism Lab

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