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March 6, 2013
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  Entertainment News 
  • Time Warner CEO: Digital is picking up the slack from packaged media
    The increase in digital distribution of video content offset the decline in sellthrough for packaged media last year, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said at an investment conference in Palm Beach, Fla. "The challenge is to move the business to the higher-margin sales of electronic movies rather [than] the low-margin rentals like kiosks," said Bewkes. He said Time Warner last year collected $350 million in revenue from licensing serialized content to Netflix and Amazon. Home Media Magazine (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Regular TV will survive the "binge viewing" trend
    The "binge viewing" that Netflix subscribers have engaged in with the "House of Cards" series doesn't represent a threat to the linear viewing of television shows, Brian Hughes writes in this analysis. Broadband video and DVRs were once seen as a threat to linear TV, but that hasn't been the case, he writes. "Netflix's approach to 'House of Cards' is interesting and will probably become more important as the major streaming players attempt to differentiate themselves with original content and exclusive deals for existing programming," Hughes writes. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More online-only series are in the pipeline
    The field of original series continues to get more crowded, with Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft and DIRECTV now developing their own shows -- in competition with cable and broadcast networks and with each other, Brian Stelter writes. The trend of online-only shows could prove a mixed bag for MSOs, by spurring cord-cutting while increasing potential demand for broadband services, Stelter adds. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roku 3 features redesigned user interface
    Roku has developed a new user interface for its Roku 3 streaming device and has added a headphone jack for its remote control. The Roku 3 box is priced at $100, with immediate availability on Amazon and the Roku website, and it will show up next month on store shelves. GigaOm (3/5), All Things D (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Study: Higher subscription rates aren't hitting newspaper ad revenues
    Ad revenues are holding up, even as newspapers publishers raise their digital subscription prices and further restrict free access to their sites, according to publishing e-commerce platform Press+. "What we're seeing is a tide sweeping through the industry of publishers lowering their meters and moving to prices that reflect the true value of their content. As a result they’re gaining more reader revenue while continuing to retain all their advertising revenue," said Press+ co-founder Gordon Crovitz. Adweek (3/5), blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Report cites benefits of ads for both TV and online video
    Companies that target consumers with television ads and online-video ads are more likely to sell to those consumers, a Videology report says. The survey found that consumers are not only more likely to recall what they have seen if online video is added to the mix, but the chances of them making a purchase increase by 40% when compared with television-only advertising. Fierce Online Video (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • AT&T, News Corp. partner on budget Android tablet
    AT&T has joined forces with a unit of News Corp. to debut a low-cost tablet computer for educational settings. The tablet -- which is the brainchild of News Corp.'s Amplify division -- runs on Android's "Jelly Bean" operating system, features extended battery life and retails for $299. A premium version with 4G access from AT&T costs $349 and includes Google Apps for Education and Amplify's own education software. ZDNet (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • CEA at SXSW: We are Innovation
    The Consumer Electronics Association is heading to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest. We'll be speaking, exhibiting, networking and sharing how we are helping grow the consumer-electronics industry and promoting innovation. There will be many opportunities for attendees to learn more about CEA's initiatives and how we can help your business. If you are around on March 9, join us at Tech Cocktail's SXSW Startup Celebration sponsored by CEA and .CO. Visit us on the show floor, March 10 to 13, at the Austin Convention Center, Booth No. 423. Want to hear our executives' thoughts on innovation? On March 11, hear Gary Shapiro discuss CEA's latest book, "Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses," or Michael Petricone on March 16 when he moderates a panel, "So We Won SOPA: Turning a Moment into a Movement." Check out our latest blog post for more details on all of these events. See you in Austin! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA's Audio Systems Committee seeks new participants
    CEA's Audio Systems Committee produces standards for consumer audio equipment. All are encouraged to join the Audio Systems Committee and get involved in its activities. The Audio Systems Committee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users") who acquire audio products from those who create them, and in adding new members who neither produce nor use audio products, such as regulators, associations, and others (called members with a "general interest"). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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