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TV Connect Rates Still Growing

April 23, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
According to a report by Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG), 24% of U.S. households had a television connected to the Internet in 2010. By last year, this rose to 30%. LRG's latest research shows that this share has jumped to 38% this year. The survey includes video game consoles, Blu-ray players, network media players (such as the Roku and Western Digital boxes), and Internet TVs. One of the most interesting results...

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Cable Services Dangle Bonuses

April 17, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
If this keeps up, you'll be getting a new toaster when you upgrade your cable subscription. Cablevision announced on Friday that members of its Optimum Rewards loyalty program now get a new perk: discounted car rentals from Hertz. The deal also offers free rental upgrades and free membership in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. Wow, when I sit down in front of my television, I often find myself thinking about renting...

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Another Blackout Ends

April 11, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
It looks as though 2012 will pick up right where last year left off when it comes to dust-ups over retransmission fees. Owners of local stations continue to hit cable and satellite subscription television services with increased charges when the contracts come up for renewal. The FCC won't let the services use the same content from adjacent markets, so their only leverage is to turn the channels off and let...

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Game Consoles: Not Just for Blowing Up Stuff

April 3, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Video gaming consoles have come a long way since the early Atari 2600 and other devices. We've gone from pixelated little cartoon characters to almost life-like "meat puppets" that live out adventures in an immersive three-dimensional world. The Xbox 360, Playstation, and Wii provide a window onto interactive entertainment enjoyed by millions of consumers worldwide. And now they do so much more than just play games. In fact, according to...

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Reader Mail: The Future of Cable TV

March 30, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
I get a lot of email from readers, and occasionally I share our exchanges here. This week, I got a particularly interesting message about this week's post about "Online Streaming Grows": You close with the statement that a cable or satellite TV service should be figuring out what to do when their current business falls apart. There is one big hidden assumption that you seem to be overlooking here, namely...

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Who Gives You Your News?

March 20, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
"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: Muneeb Mannan
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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After Midnight: More Retransmission Disputes

March 2, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
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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HBO Arrives on Samsung Smart TVs

February 22, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
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: Muneeb Mannan
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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