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December 24, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Opinion: Streaming content's ambitious new horizons
    Streaming video has a wave of new worlds to conquer next year, says Brady McCollum of Crunchyroll, a Japanese anime and Asian media provider, in an op-ed piece. He predicts the continued surge of sales of streaming hardware, advancements in content queuing services, and a much more rapid expansion of streaming licenses across international borders. All Things D (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CinemaNow will copy DVDs to the UltraViolet cloud for a fee
    CinemaNow, owned by Best Buy, is offering a beta version of a disc-to-digital service through which users can upload their DVD videos to the cloud-based UltraViolet "digital locker" in standard definition or high definition. Pricing is said to be similar to that of Wal-Mart's disc-to-digital service. Engadget (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Amazon Studios will make 6 pilots and let crowd decide
    Amazon's content-development division has selected six comedy concepts for production from more than 2,000 submissions, including ideas from "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau and the publisher of The Onion. Amazon Studios will produce a pilot for each concept and use customer feedback to decide which should be picked up. Internet Retailer (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Hearst: Mobile publishing profits will be found in video
    Publishers will need to rethink entirely the way they present video on mobile devices to lure consumers, Hearst Magazines UK Chief Technology Officer James T. Welsh said in a conversation with the company's new partner Taboola, a video discovery and distribution service. Risk-taking and innovation are essential to make money in the wireless space, Welsh says. For example, he said, "Cutting down standard banners to fit a small screen is unsatisfying for both customers and our commercial partners." (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Food brands take aim at children's smartphones
    Food marketers are shifting their ad spending to mobile and social in a bid to target smartphone-wielding children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report. Social campaigns and branded mobile applications are seen as a cost-effective way to target young consumers, researchers say. "These online media are not necessarily as costly as display advertising, yet potentially have a farther, and more immersive, reach than display advertising," the report notes. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Working on a tablet app for children? Get to Sesame Street
    Sesame Workshop, the production company behind the "Sesame Street" program on PBS, has suggestions for developers on creating educational children's applications for tablet computers. Its guidelines offer advice on icon placement, fonts, sound elements and how to offer encouragement to a youngster who chooses the wrong answer to a question. All Things D (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • The CEA MoDev Hackathon could be your chance to win big!
    The CEA MoDev Hackathon is where developers will compete on the world's technology stage at the International CES to see who has the best idea and the skills to bring it to life in just one day. With the Travel Channel as our title sponsor, it's only fitting that the app has some kind of travel or adventure aspect to it to be eligible for the grand prize. Don't worry, though, travel and adventure are not required to be eligible for other prizes. The live competition will be on Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific time at The Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4303. Visit for all the details and be sure to register for CES to participate in this event. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Felicia Day: 2013 CES Entertainment Matters Ambassador
    Sponsored by Variety and AOL, Entertainment Matters is your connection to lucrative partnerships and groundbreaking innovations at the world's largest annual innovation event. 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. Day's new company, Geek & Sundry, is currently producing a slate of seven shows, including "The Flog," which is hosted by Day. The new channel, called Geek & Sundry, is part of YouTube's new premium content initiative. Since launching in April 2012, the channel has garnered over 350,000 subscribers and over 24 million views. Learn more about Entertainment Matters at CES. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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With the irony of content owners being more progressive and flexible with their content internationally, will major shifts and evolutions of streaming content come here from overseas, as opposed to the other way around?"
--Brady McCollum, chief operating office at Crunchyroll, asks in this article for All Things D

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