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March 13, 2013
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  • AMC offers streaming-video rentals with extra content
    AMC Networks has introduced a streaming-video rental service that will include access to additional content such as trivia and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. The service dubbed Yeah! is launching with 14 films with added content, including "Reservoir Dogs," "The Terminator" and "Nightmare on Elm Street," that will cost $4.99 for a 48-hour rental. The service, currently available only to Facebook subscribers, will also rent films without bonus materials for $1.99 to $3.99. Technology Guide (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Netflix embraces social networking in Facebook pact
    Facebook users will be able to share their Netflix viewing habits with friends thanks to an integration agreement between the two companies. Netflix will add "Watched by your friends" and "Friends' Favorites" areas to its website. CNET (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Vimeo will let video creators rent, sell their videos
    Vimeo is trying to stand out from YouTube and other video websites by giving video creators not only the means to rent and sell their content, but also the right to receive 90% of the generated revenue, compared with the 70% typically offered by video sites, Peter Kafka writes. All Things D (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vevo channels MTV with new online music video offering
    Vevo, the studio-owned YouTube rival, is launching a 24-hour music video channel in the U.S. and Canada, with a planned expansion into the U.K., Europe and Latin America later this year. Vevo TV, which draws its inspiration from 1980s-era music video channels such as MTV, will be available through ITV-enabled devices such as the Xbox and Roku, as well as a host of smartphones and tablets. TechCrunch (3/12), The Guardian (London) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • N.Y. Times ad tool creates buzz in publishing world
    Ricochet, an online-ad platform created by The New York Times, is finding new converts among U.S. publishers that see the service as a way to boost revenues from brand marketers. Forbes, Condé Nast, Advertising Age and People announced this week that they will begin using Ricochet, which allows brands to connect their marketing message to specific stories and follow those stories as they traverse the Web. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Wall Street Journal goes mobile to find younger subscribers
    Students are the target audience for The Wall Street Journal's mobile subscription drive, which the paper is promoting on Pandora's iPhone application. The lure for the expandable mobile ad is a 75% discount rate. Those who tap on the ad are taken to a mobile-optimized page, where they can sign up and opt to receive mobile updates. Mobile Marketer (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • IDC: Android will become top tablet platform in 2013
    The broad popularity of the iPad Mini aside, Android is expected to supplant Apple's iOS as the most popular tablet platform this year, research firm IDC says. Apple's insistence on keeping its tablet more expensive than the typical $200 price for Android's 7-inch tablets has cost the iPad-maker, IDC analysts say. IDC raised its estimate for 2013 tablet shipments by 11% largely because of sales of the smaller-screen devices. Computerworld (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. incentive auction timeline faces congressional scrutiny
    Senators grilled members of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday about the fate of planned incentive auctions, reflecting some concern about speculation that Chairman Julius Genachowski will leave the FCC. The spectrum auctions -- which call for the reassignment of 60MHz to 80MHz of broadcast frequency for commercial mobile services -- are being finalized, but some lawmakers worry that if Genachowski leaves the FCC the process could stall. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • CEA supports innovation with new Startup Membership
    Are you looking to launch a new product or get your new company off the ground? CEA has introduced a new membership for startup companies to provide them with the resources and support they need to be successful. Companies who qualify can access all the benefits of Regular CEA membership at a reduced rate of $95 per year (regular membership dues start at $850) for up to two years. From mentoring, networking and promotional opportunities for your new company to representation on Capitol Hill, CEA can provide the benefits you need to succeed in the tech industry. See full details and qualifications for membership at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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