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January 7, 2013
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  • Smart TV Alliance adds new member ahead of SDK release
    Panasonic has become the newest member of the Smart TV Alliance, joining Toshiba, IBM and other firms that are seeking to create a scalable, universal standard for delivering smart-TV services over a variety of platforms. The coalition is scheduled to release a new version of its software development kit this week that will include updated support for several protocols and enhanced digital-rights-management features. Engadget (1/6), News Service (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3D television sales, penetration pick up after slow start
    More than 1 in 5 homes in the U.S. now have a 3D-capable television set, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, after about 5.6 million of the sets were sold in 2012. Video viewing in the 3D format is also up, with 42% of set owners watching at least five hours per week. "Consumer interest in 3DTVs and 3D content continues to grow as ownership rates increase," says Kevin Tillmann, a senior research analyst at CEA. Multichannel News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Time Warner Cable to stream live TV to Roku devices
    Time Warner Cable is broadening its streaming base through a deal that will make live television from the company's TWC TV service available to subscribers that own a Roku device. While specifics will vary based on customer location, subscribers can expect access to up to 300 channels, including major networks, Roku said. GigaOm (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Firm offers Blu-ray disc that won't let data degrade
    Millenniata has introduced the MDisc, a Blu-ray disc that it says won't lose data due to prolonged exposure to humidity and lights. The product will be available in June, able to store 25 gigabytes of data. The company already offers recordable DVDs that are also meant to work well over many years. News Service (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Irish publishers hope links help raise cash
    A coalition that represents Irish newspaper publishers has launched an effort to begin charging online rivals for the privilege of linking to their content, claiming that unlicensed linking amounts to copyright infringement. The move -- which has drawn near universal scorn from media watchers -- was announced last week by the National Newspapers of Ireland. The NNI filed a motion with Irish regulators, asking the government to modify existing copyright law to include content that is linked to for commercial purposes. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • RCA, Vizio try to break into tablet arena
    Among the tablets being introduced this week are an 8-inch Android device from RCA that will house tuners for receiving digital and conventional mobile TV signals and an 11.6-inch product from TV-set-maker Vizio based on the Windows 8 platform. Unlike Microsoft's Surface tablet, the AMD-backed Vizio device will support older programs. PCWorld (1/4), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group calls on U.K. government to rethink broadband goals
    A think tank says the U.K. government should abandon its goal of significantly boosting Internet speeds, and instead should seek to expand access. Chris Yiu of Policy Exchange says the roughly $850 million the U.K. government has earmarked to increase average broadband speeds to 24 megabits per second or higher in the next two years would be better spent bridging the digital divide by "making sure that everybody in the country has access to a decent level of broadband." The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • 2013 CES significantly increases its social media promotions
    The Consumer Electronics Association® announced today that its social media presence at the 2013 International CES® will be its biggest ever. With key platforms that include Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram, contests and social media events throughout the show will keep attendees more informed and connected than ever. Attendees can stay connected with the latest news, information and updates from the show by downloading the official 2013 CES mobile app and following the official CES social media accounts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Musical icons, Hollywood stars and TV personalities to attend 2013 International CES
    Popular musicians, movie stars and television personalities will promote the latest innovations shaping the consumer electronics industry during the 2013 International CES®. Actress Felicia Day will serve as the Entertainment Matters ambassador for the Entertainment Matters at CES program. A complete list of all the celebrities at CES can be found in the official news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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