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October 17, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Execs: DVR, online video add complexity to TV ratings
    The rise of alternative viewing platforms such as DVR and online video has forced networks to change the way they gauge ratings, according to executives, who say their job requires more patience. "It's almost like living in a parallel universe simultaneously," says Joe Earley, chief operating officer at Fox. "You're constantly trying to reorient yourself on how this show is doing and how it is doing compared to the competition." Daily News (New York)/The Associated Press (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boxee TV offers unlimited DVR storage in the cloud
    Boxee TV promises unlimited cloud DVR storage for broadcast shows with its new $99 set-top box. In addition to the $14.99-per-month DVR service, the box offers online-video services such as Netflix and Vudu. "Having a DVR that stores recordings in the cloud feels similar to the move from film to digital cameras," Boxee CEO Avner Ronen says. VentureBeat (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lionsgate chief calls for industry unity on VOD
    The Richard Gere film "Arbitrage" generated nearly as much revenue online as it did in theaters, says Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, who adds that video-on-demand is helping the studio log sales that would have been "unimaginable for a specialty film just a few years ago." Feltheimer warned, however, that the opportunities presented by VOD and digital rights can be properly realized only if the industry joins forces to find common ground. "Narrow agendas can make it hard to work together and look at the big picture," he says. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NPD: Smartphone users spend 6.9 minutes a day watching videos
    In August, smartphone users used applications on their phones to watch an average of 6.9 minutes of video content each day, according to The NPD Group. That figure is up 86% from a year earlier but still trails other activities such as gaming and social networking. "We expect [video app] usage to increase in step with 4G networks and devices, better form factors (larger screens), and more compelling apps," NPD's Linda Barrabee wrote in a blog post. Meanwhile, NPD DisplaySearch said the diagonal size of displays in a variety of products continues to increase, with the exception of mobile PCs. Home Media Magazine (10/16), TechCrunch (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Globe & Mail says mobile readership is behind pay-wall decision
    Visitors to the website of Canadian newspaper The Globe & Mail will no longer have unlimited free access to the stories there beginning next week. The paper will charge $20 a month for full access to the website for anyone who already is not a print subscriber. The paper said the decision was based on a determination that the rise in mobile readership had created a sustainable market for content. The Toronto Star (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Marketers go digital to reach minority consumers
    Six out of 10 U.S. marketers say they plan to increase their digital spending this year specifically in order to reach a more multicultural consumer audience, according to an Association of National Advertisers study. Almost 9 out of 10 of those marketers are hoping to reach Hispanic shoppers, and more than half are targeting black consumers. eMarketer (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • HTC to debut HD smartphone in Japan
    HTC has chosen the Japanese market to debut its first fully HD smartphone, which the company plans to introduce in December. The HTC J Butterfly will have a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 440 pixels per inch, 16 gigabytes of storage, and 2 GB of RAM. The Android-powered smartphone will be offered by Japanese mobile carrier Au and will run on the company's Long-Term Evolution network. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/17), CNET (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Broadband, mobile Internet connections were speedier in Q2
    People around the world were able to connect to the Internet at an average of 3.0 megabits per second in the second quarter, 13% faster than in the prior quarter and 15% faster than a year earlier, according to Akamai Technologies. South Korea continues to lead the world with the highest average connection speed, at 14.2 Mbps in Q2, followed by Japan (10.7 Mbps) and Hong Kong (8.9 Mbps), according to Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet Report. GigaOm (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Slowing down a little bit is not a bad thing. We could all use a little bit of introspection. We could all spend a little less time processing and more time thinking."
--David Poltrack, CBS research executive, as quoted by The Associated Press at the Daily News

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