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October 8, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
 
  • DISH drops plan to turn Blockbuster into a streaming service
    DISH Network won't follow through with a plan to turn Blockbuster into a movie-streaming service and use the chain's stores to sell mobile devices, Chairman Charlie Ergen says. The company, which acquired the video-rental chain out of bankruptcy last year, is closing more underperforming Blockbuster stores; about 900 were still open in August. Bloomberg (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Competition pushes more indies to VOD
    Independent filmmakers that face competitive pressure from Hollywood studios increasingly are turning to video-on-demand to supplement -- and in some cases to exceed -- theater revenues, as well as reach more viewers, industry observers say. By some estimates, the amount of movies that will face simultaneous release in theaters and VOD will grow 30% in 2012, as few independents are willing to gamble on a theatrical release alone. Los Angeles Times/Company Town blog (tiered subscription model) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Video 
  • Starz signs agreement with Cox for an online-video service
    Starz Entertainment is debuting a dedicated online repository of movies and shows through a deal with Cox Communications. The offering initially will involve two services -- Starz Play and Encore Play -- with a third, Movieplex Play, to arrive later. Together the three services would host a library of about 1,500 titles and be available only to Starz subscribers. The Hollywood Reporter (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App keyed to Blu-ray aims to boost Spider-Man sales
    The Blu-ray release of the latest Spider-Man movie comes with an application for second-screen access to behind-the-scenes content. "The app is a really great way for fans to explore this rich content and increases the value proposition of the Blu-ray through syncing," said Tracey Garvin, senior vice president at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. "Because it has been released before the Blu-ray, it also serves to help keep fans engaged and excited about the release." Mobile Marketer (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Google experiments with article micro-payments
    A single-click service from Google that would let users buy single articles online for between 25 and 99 cents is now in the experimental stage. The "Google Wallet for content" project will also continue to allow its users to run ads and collect revenue, even if users who preview articles ultimately don't buy. Journalism.co.uk (U.K.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • Hulu sees surge in political advertising as campaigns move online
    Political candidates have been turning to the streaming site Hulu as a means of getting their messages out, a trend that follows a larger shift of political advertising to online platforms. Data show that Hulu has seen a 700% increase in political-ad activity this year compared with 2008 and 2010. Analysts attribute the site's popularity to the relatively high level of political activism among Hulu viewers. The Huffington Post (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Acer sets laptop-type price of $799 for Windows 8 tablet
    Acer sees its upcoming Iconia W700 Windows 8-powered tablet -- featuring an Intel Core processor -- as a laptop replacement device that will sell for $799 when it goes on sale Oct. 26. The tablet, which will compete with Microsoft's Surface, will feature an 11.6-inch screen, 10 hours of battery life and a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution. Also on the tablet front, Sony recalled its Xperia computer one month after its debut due to potential water damage on a machine touted as being water resistant. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/4), Reuters (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • Broadband Delivery UK mostly passes muster with EU regulators
    European regulators are close to finalizing approval for a rural-broadband initiative that aims to bring speeds of 25 megabits per second to 90% of the U.K. within three years. The plan, Broadband Delivery UK, elicited scrutiny from antitrust officials who were concerned it was not competitive enough; as a result it will undergo slight modifications before final authorization, sources say. ZDNet (10/8), Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Don't miss Future of Television on Nov. 16 in NYC!
    Future of Television, Nov. 15 to 16 in NYC: Confirmed speakers include NBC, HBO, Comcast, Blip.tv, Sony, PBS, Microsoft, DISH, Electus, Discovery, among many others! Join television industry leaders -- including senior decision-makers from major broadcasters, production studios and cable networks, social networks, producers, creators, mobile companies, online content producers, distributors, technology companies and association heads -- for one of the industry's most prestigious events. This year's event features six series: Content, Viewer, Distribution, Advertising, Out-of-Home and Buzz, each including top content creators and innovators to demo their programming, new advertising platforms, TV tech innovations as well as devices, and a panel discussion. CEA members and friends receive 15% off registration with code CEA15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
The statistics are extremely sobering. The traditional model only makes sense anymore if you believe in your heart of hearts that your movie will gross more than $20 million."
--Tom Quinn, co-president of Radius-TWC, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times' Company Town blog

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