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October 16, 2012
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  • DIRECTV Genie offers capacity to record 5 shows at once
    DIRECTV has unveiled a new DVR that gives users the ability to record five shows simultaneously and features Netflix-like suggestions for what to watch. The DIRECTV Genie also can record and delete shows on as many as eight TV sets, gaming consoles or Blu-Ray players, either via device connections or a small client box. The Hollywood Reporter (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NPD: U.S. consumers are ready to spend on holiday shopping
    More than three-quarters of U.S. consumers say they will spend the same as they did in 2011 or more during this year's holiday shopping, according to The NPD Group. The market research firm surveyed more than 3,600 Americans and found that two-thirds of the respondents plan to spend the same amount in 2012, while 10% will spend more than last year. In 2011, those figures were 64% and 9%, respectively. GamesIndustry.biz (U.K.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slingbox debuts a pair of TV Everywhere devices
    Sling Media has unveiled a pair of new devices that can stream 1080p HD content to TVs, desktops, tablets and smartphones. The Slingbox 500, the more expensive of the two models at a list price of $300, also features HDMI connections and dual-band Wi-Fi, while the cheaper 350 version, which will list for $180, is more compact. CNN (10/10), Multichannel News (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Tablet owners still watch traditional TV
    Tablet owners who use them to watch TV shows are still tuning in to the traditional small screen, according to research by The Diffusion Group. About 50% of tablet TV viewers watch as much traditional TV as they did prior to getting a tablet, while about 40% of tablet users under 50 are watching more traditional TV. eMarketer (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • Could a loyalty program save you money on purchases?
    Several office supply stores offer loyalty programs that might be able to benefit business owners. However, if you choose to use one of these programs, you should make sure it is actually helping your company. "You want to make sure you are getting the cheapest price and don’t want to be swayed by a loyalty program unless you are saving on your bottom line," Patrick Sojka of Rewards Canada said. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to get more satisfied-customer testimonials
    Testimonials from satisfied customers can be a powerful marketing tool, but you might not always have access to as many as you would like. You can solve this problem in several ways, such as by seeking recommendations on LinkedIn, surveying your customers or running a contest to encourage your clients to create video testimonials, writes Kathryn Hawkins. Intuit Small Business Blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SBCA News 
  • Attend this important SkyFORUM session
    On Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. EDT, join SBCA in a discussion with Federal Communications Commission senior attorney Kenneth Lewis about the Over-the-Air Reception Devices (OTARD) Rule and real-world applications of the rule. Register at www.skyforumsbca.com for this presentation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DIRECTV Technology webinar on Wednesday
    SBCA members and certified techs can join the SBCA member-only webinar at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday that will take a tour through the powerful new Home Media Center and its world-class capability, as well as many other exciting innovations like the all-new RVU client/server-based technology that deeply enhances the customer experience. Register at www.sbca.org/webinar.html. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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