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April 23, 2012
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  • NimbleTV lets users stream all pay-TV content
    Startup NimbleTV is launching a test of a service to allow pay-TV customers to transfer all of a subscription's programming online for streaming. The service is akin to a virtual version of Slingbox, which allows users to access their DVR content, but without need of boxes, according to this article. NimbleTV hopes to avoid the litigation that has embroiled Aereo, a startup that streams broadcast content, by acting as an "agent" for users who are subscribing to cable or satellite plans. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Mobile devices, HDTVs are popular among U.S. consumers
    One-quarter of American consumers plan to buy a smartphone in the first half of 2012, and one-sixth of them intend to purchase a tablet computer in that period, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research. The market research firm also found that one-quarter of the U.S. consumers it surveyed want to purchase a high-definition television set in the first six months of this year, 18% plan to get a game console and 17% are in the market for a Blu-ray player. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (4/22), Network World (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sources: Wal-Mart sets global expansion for Vudu video service
    Wal-Mart reportedly will soon launch its Vudu video-on-demand service in Mexico, with an eye toward entering other Latin American, European and Asian markets in 2012, Variety reports, citing unnamed sources. Meanwhile, the retail giant's disc-to-digital service, which converts DVDs and Blu-ray discs into digital copies in the computing cloud, got a boost in adding DreamWorks Animation titles to its offerings. Rich Greenfield of BTIG Research writes that Vudu "is a very well-done iVOD/EST service and, at worst ... will gain far greater consumer awareness from the industry's disc-to-digital marketing campaign." Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (4/20), Home Media Magazine (4/23), All Things D (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts see challenges ahead for Netflix amid rising content costs
    Netflix needs to make solid inroads with U.S. subscribers in the coming months if it is to successfully offset revenue losses attached to its overseas expansion, analysts say. Some industry watchers say the streaming-media company -- which is forecast to post a loss when it releases its first-quarter earnings report after the market closes today -- is facing pressure from domestic competitors and rising content costs that could force it to increase prices. Bloomberg (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Monetizing Content 
  • Newspapers are finally on right path with digital subscriptions
    After nearly two decades of providing news online at no charge, newspapers are finally bringing readers around to the idea that they must pay, Roben Farzad writes. The New York Times' model is instructive, with 472,000 digital subscribers contributing to $227 million in circulation sales in the first quarter, even as ad revenue edged down. "Any hint of good news is welcome in the post-apocalyptic business of journalism in 2012," Farzad notes. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • In-app ads appear on verge of overtaking display ads in mobile
    In-app ads are likely to overtake display ads this year as the key drivers in mobile advertising, according to a Strategy Analytics report. Advertisers are expected to spend $2.9 billion on in-app ads this year, "a clear sign that apps are what consumers are glued to for an increasing range of activities," Strategy Analytics' David MacQueen said. Reuters (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Smartphone surge could hit ZTE's margins, analysts say
    China-based ZTE says it could see smartphone sales nearly quadruple this year, but analysts say that to profit from the increase in sales, the company likely will need to increase prices in North America and Japan. ZTE released a tablet in the U.S. in February that retails for $100. PC Advisor (U.K.) (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spectrum/Broadband 
  • Verizon Wireless plots spectrum-license sale
    Verizon Wireless has announced that it will begin licensing bandwidth in a number of major metropolitan areas to support new broadband services. The telecom -- which acquired the spectrum in 2008 for $4.4 billion -- said it would auction frequencies that were previously used by UHF broadcasters once it receives government approval to acquire spectrum from cable companies and Leap Wireless. U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We've all heard about TV Everywhere for a long time. One of the questions that's bothered me is, why is it not here yet?"
--Anand Subramanian, CEO of NimbleTV, as quoted by The New York Times

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