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December 5, 2012
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  Video 
  • Subscription VOD is driving viewers to networks, AMC CEO says
    AMC Networks, by delaying access to its shows via subscription video on demand and limiting such availability to Netflix, is using the programming to drive viewers to the network via cable, satellite or telecom providers, AMC CEO Josh Sapan said. "Importantly, we've reached new audiences we otherwise wouldn't have," he said. "Who knew that $8 a month would be a price for this whole abundance of television on digital distribution? I think there will be a lot more of that to come." Home Media Magazine (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Scripps extends paid digital model from newspapers to TV
    Scripps is asking consumers to pay for applications from both its broadcast and newspaper properties. "We just think that with what the newspapers are doing across America -- where they're introducing and building this revenue stream of paid digital -- that TV stations will miss an opportunity if they don't try to come in at the same time and build a market alongside or in competition with the newspapers for those who are going to pay for digital content," Scripps CEO Rich Boehne says. NetNewsCheck.com (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • News Corp. to halt The Daily after extended losses
    News Corp. announced that it will shutter its experimental iPad publication The Daily in the face of $30 million in annual losses, with the last issue set for Dec. 15. The tablet-only news magazine, which launched in 2010, drew 100,000 paying subscribers, well short of the 500,000 it needed to break even. Some analysts blamed poor planning, bad timing and stiff competition in the "general news" publishing segment. PBS/MediaShift blog (12/5), TG Daily (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Shoppable video could be a holiday gift for advertisers
    Google is testing shoppable-video tools on YouTube, allowing brands to incorporate the function into holiday campaigns. The tools, which are expected to appeal particularly to fashion and retail advertisers, blur the line between advertising and content, and will shift brands' video strategies away from viral content and toward direct sales, says Lisa Green, industry director at Google. ClickZ (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Amazon debuts Kindle subscription for children
    Amazon has rolled out Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a monthly subscription on the newest Kindle Fire tablets that lets children have as much access to digital books, games and applications as parents allow. Amazon Prime members pay a monthly fee of $2.99 per child or $6.99 per family; non-Prime customers pay $4.99 or $10.99, respectively. CNET (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • DISH offers compromise to FCC on spectrum rules
    DISH Network has told federal regulators that it would be willing to cede 5 MHz of its 20 MHz allotment if the satellite provider were assured of swift Federal Communications Commission approval of its application to use the frequencies for a terrestrial wireless service, according to a filing. DISH said it was responding to FCC concerns about potential interference with adjacent frequencies. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Friday the agency still hopes to vote on DISH's application by the end of the year. Multichannel News (12/3), Broadcasting & Cable (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • SAG-AFTRA is proud to once again co-sponsor Entertainment Matters
    For the second year, SAG-AFTRA will be an Associate Sponsor of Entertainment Matters at the 2013 International CES®. SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 entertainment and media professionals including actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers and editors, recording artists, singers, and others. Entertainment Matters, sponsored by Variety and AOL, is a program developed to help these entertainment professionals navigate the largest annual innovation event in the world, through exhibits, keynotes and panels as well as events critical to the Hollywood community. To learn more about Entertainment Matters and register, visit EMatCES.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schedule your Global Entry interview at CES
    Are you a U.S. citizen or foreign national from a select country who frequently travels internationally? If so, apply for the Global Entry Program and schedule your interview at CES! Global Entry is a program that allows expedited clearance for preapproved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the U.S. Though the program is intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify. Participants may enter the U.S. by using automated kiosks at select airports. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will be at CES Jan. 8 and 9 to conduct interviews. To participate, you must complete the application, schedule your interview at FOLA January 2013 and pay the application fee by Dec. 12. Visit here for complete details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long term."
--Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., as quoted by TG Daily

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