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December 19, 2012
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  • Nintendo is set to go live with TVii in U.S., Canada
    U.S. and Canadian consumers who own a Nintendo Wii U on Thursday will be able to use the gaming console for functions including scanning for programs on television and the Internet, and purchasing downloadable content. Nintendo's TVii service, which launched in Japan this month, turns the Wii U's GamePad into a multi-functional remote that can be used with cable, satellite and Internet services. Associated Press (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Consumers prefer video streaming to downloading, Cisco study says
    While many broadband users in the U.S. are averaging more than 100 minutes a week in watching professionally produced videos, those consumers are more likely to stream that content than to download it, according to a survey conducted by the Internet Business Solutions Group of Cisco Systems. More than one-quarter of respondents indicated that they are open to buying videos if a cloud service, such as UltraViolet, is involved. "While broadcast television still rules, 48% of consumers have increased their streaming of professionally produced video content in the past two years, making it the fastest-growing category of video use," Cisco's Chris Osika said. Home Media Magazine (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • New York Times joins with Byliner for foray into e-books
    The New York Times plans to publish a series of nonfiction e-books in the coming year in collaboration with Byliner. The first title will be "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek" by John Branch with a price of $2.99. "The idea is to do 10 to 12 of these in the next year and see what works to some extent," said Gerald Marzorati, the Times’ editor for editorial development. Nieman Journalism Lab (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google offers U.K. magazine titles on Play apps
    Google's Play store added U.K. content to its Magazines section and similar efforts may be forthcoming on the European continent. More than 100 U.K. titles are featured, including celeb mag Hello! and Conde Nasts Vogue and Traveler. TechCrunch (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • 2013 may be "the year of 4G," analysts say
    Shipments of mobile devices that operate over Long-Term Evolution networks will triple by the end of next year, as some companies -- such as Amazon and Mozilla -- release their own 4G products, according to a forecast from Strategy Analytics. The research firm predicts that LTE shipments will reach 275 million in 2013, compared with about 91 million in 2012. TechCrunch (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 72% of Europe has broadband access, statistics show
    The number of European households with broadband access to the Internet reached 72% this year, compared with 30% in 2006, according to the EU's Eurostat statistical agency. More than three-quarters of EU households now have some form of Internet access, up from less than half six years ago. Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. all had broadband penetration of 80% or more. The Hollywood Reporter (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Next Generation of Innovators keynote highlights CES as the Home of Entrepreneurs
    The Consumer Electronics Association has announced an entrepreneur-focused keynote at the 2013 International CES. The Next Generation of Innovators keynote will feature Jeff Jordan, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, as moderator, and includes executive/founder panelists David Lieb of Bump Technologies, Cyrus Massoumi of ZocDoc, Eric Vishira of RockMelt and of The Next Generation of Innovators keynote builds off the solid foundation of the Eureka Park TechZone and the Startup America Live Stage, which focus on entrepreneurs. The keynote adds another vital entrepreneur-focused event to showcase innovation within the tech industry and across the CES show floor. The Next Generation of Innovators keynote will be at 11 a.m. on Jan. 8 in the LVH Theater. Read more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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This is a way to get every member of the household to pick up the GamePad hopefully every day. Hopefully this leads to a significant change in how consumers view and interact with their TV."
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