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February 13, 2013
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  • Intel plans a video service
    Intel says it will jump into the Web TV business this year with a set-top box and subscription streaming-video service. The set-top box will include a high-definition camera and microphone that could support videoconferencing and facial-recognition technology, Intel says. Erik Huggers, head of Intel Media, says the company is negotiating content agreements. The Wall Street Journal (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft in Hollywood: Xbox studio seeks hit programs
    The Xbox Entertainment Studio wants the same kind of original programming that broadcast and cable networks crave, but with interactive elements for subscribers to the Xbox Live service, according to studio head Nancy Tellem. The studio is initially targeting younger Xbox users. "Interactivity is a natural extension of what they do," Tellem says. CNET (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Video 
  • A&E adds iPhone streaming app
    The A&E network says it has expanded its iOS streaming offerings to give iPhone owners access to shows from A&E, Lifetime and History Channel. A&E began streaming episodes from its current-season lineup to the iPad in December. CNET (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • N.Y. Times' pay wall gets a bit sturdier
    The New York Times has plugged a hole in its pay wall that let readers circumvent story limits by changing part of the URL. There are still a number of workarounds to the subscription service. The Times' Eileen Murphy said the company will "continue to make adjustments to optimize the gateway by implementing technical security solutions to prohibit abuse and protect the value of our content." Digital Trends (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • Report: Online-ad industry faces risk of saturation
    Online video advertising grew at a faster clip in 2012 than did the content it is designed to support, according to a FreeWheel report that suggests demand for Web ads may soon exceed market capacity. "If new opportunities for distribution and syndication aren't created and more content isn't made available online, advertising revenue potential will stall as there is a limit to the number of video ads that can be placed in a single piece of content," FreeWheel said in its quarterly Video Monetization Report. MediaPost Communications/VidBlog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Report: Majority of mobile-video views are on iOS devices
    Three-fifths of all mobile-video views last year were on iOS devices, compared with 32% for Android-based devices, according to FreeWheel, a video monetization firm. Mobile videos leaped to 12% of all online videos viewed in 2012, up from 2% the previous year, FreeWheel's report estimates. Apple's 60% viewing share broke down to iPhones, 30%; iPads, 24%; and iPod Touches, 6%. TechCrunch (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • U.S. broadband is in better shape than some suggest, ITIF says
    The U.S. is doing a better job of bringing cheap, fast broadband to its citizens than some analysts suggest, according to research from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The ITIF says that relative to nations with densely populated areas and robust government subsidies, the "largely suburban" U.S. is making significant strides in broadband performance, price and deployment. Broadcasting & Cable (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Act now: Keep the Internet free and open
    The Internet is the lifeblood of the digital economy, creating jobs, spurring innovation and connecting individuals around the world. This success comes mainly because the Internet has been largely free from overbearing government control. However, as we saw in the case of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, the Internet's prosperity is easily threatened. Right now, there is a global movement to bring the Internet under international control. It's time to stand up and make sure your voice is heard on this issue. Act now and tell your lawmaker to support efforts that would make it the official policy of the U.S. to promote a global Internet free from government control. Contact your member of Congress today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  SmartQuote 
American broadband is neither a wasteland nor a utopia. It's a complicated, capital-intensive marketplace fraught with risk where players enjoy periods of apparent success punctuated by moments of failure as they misallocate resources."
--From the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report "The Whole Picture: Where America's Broadband Networks Really Stand," as quoted by Broadcasting & Cable

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