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Who Gives You Your News?

March 20, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." A.J. Liebling The Pew Research Center has released its "State of the News Media 2012" annual report on American journalism. It provides some fascinating information and analysis, and is bound to make you go "hmmm" more than once. The part that had me scratching my head and pondering the future was their finding that in 2011, "five technology...

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Don’t Look Now; Here Comes Amazon

March 15, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Netflix. YouTube. Hulu. Anyone who streams video content from the Internet probably is aware of these big three sources of television shows and movies. But a lot of people don't think of Amazon quite as quickly. The company has steadily been beefing up its streaming capabilities and building its content library. And yesterday, Amazon made a big announcement. The company has announced a deal with Discovery to add many of...

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Smack-Down for Aereo?

March 7, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I recently wrote about the new Aereo service scheduled to launch in New York City this month. Other systems that have tried to provide broadcast content over the Internet have been smacked down in the courts, but Aereo and its backers believe that it has a model that will hold up to challenges. And it looks as though we're going to get the chance to find out if they are...

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After Midnight: More Retransmission Disputes

March 2, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The retransmission agreements between New Young Broadcasting and Time Warner Cable (TWC) for Young's ABC affiliate stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Albany, New York expired Wednesday night, February 29. At the eleventh hour, the two sides were not able to come to terms. Rather than force a black-out as has often been the case in such disputes, however, they reset the clock for one week later: March 7. The stations...

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Comcast Dips Its Toe in the Streampix

February 28, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The writing on the wall of every pay-TV headquarters is "Evolve now or die!" Some companies appear to reading this with more clarity than others, and there also seems to be a difference of opinion on what the term "Now!" means. The latest move in this attempt to switch from gills to breathing air comes from the largest cable company in the country. Last week, Comcast announced its new Streampix...

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Retransmission Saga Continues

February 23, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
One step forward, maybe two steps back. One major retransmission dispute is now resolved. After nearly two months, the Madison Square Garden (MSG) channels have been turned back on for Time Warner Cable (TWC) customers. This did not happen until the New York governor and state attorney general weighed in to put public pressure on both parties to settle. One reason that make the negotiations particularly sticky is that MSG...

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HBO Arrives on Samsung Smart TVs

February 22, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Nearly a year ago, Samsung and HBO announced a partnership that would let consumers stream HBO content to Samsung TVs. You would have to be an HBO subscriber to access the service, which meant that you had to be signed up with a pay-TV service. Since then, you could get this HBO Go content on your computer, iPad, iPhone, Android smart phone, or even a Roku box. But not a...

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The Power of Aggregated Data

February 20, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
What do people really watch when they watch the SuperBowl? Thanks to the new world of connected entertainment systems, TiVo has a very good idea. By monitoring an anonymous sample of 41,666 households equipped with TiVo DVRs, the company can compile a map of "live and same-day" viewing of content that was watched at "play" speed on the systems. And guess what? People really do like the SuperBowl commercials. According...

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FCC to Revisit “Must Carry” Rules

February 17, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I've already written a bunch about the problems with retransmission fees and how pay-television subscribers get caught in the squeeze between their services and the content providers. Many people don't realize that there is a fascinating flip-side to this problem, which is known as "must carry". It works like this. Every three years, local television broadcasters have to make a choice. They can either make their content available to local...

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Over-the-Top Over-the-Air

February 16, 2012 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Would you pay for a service that lets you watch over-the-air broadcasts on your tablet or smartphone? That's what a company called Aereo (formerly known as "Bamboom") plans to launch just such a service for New York City residents starting next month. The company is building a system of thousands of tiny television antennas; each one is the size of a dime. These capture free broadcast television signals over the...

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