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In the News: Microsoft, QVC, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 23, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says he will retire within 12 months. 

QVC debuts second channel, QVC Plus.

Yahoo courts Katie Couric for video series. 

Airbnb seeks to create "movie" entirely with Vine.

Al-Jazeera America makes debut with few national advertisers.

American Airlines and US Airways get states' support in merger bid.

Audi reveals new A8 family.

BMW will unveil X5 plug-in hybrid, featuring all-wheel drive, at Frankfurt show.

CBS cuts carriage deal with Verizon.

Coca-Cola hired private eye to snoop in Honest Tea trademark case.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Al Jazeera, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 21, 2013 09:16 AM

In the News

Amazon and Conde Nast create new "all-access" magazine subscriptions across platforms.

Al Jazeera sues AT&T for dropping US channel and makes limited US debut.

Facebook leads project to connect whole world through the internet.

Apple loses iPad market share in China to Samsung and plans to launch iTunes Radio in September with big advertisers.

BMW is making customers wait for repairs due to global supply-chain hiccups.

Barnes & Noble abandons plans to split company.

Bob Evans opens Express prototype.

CBS turns to its stars in battle with Time Warner Cable.

Coca-Cola sees "very positive" prospects in Indonesia.

Cummins diesel deal with Nissan for Titan could vex Chrysler's Ram truck.

Diageo fights off latest legal challenge to its Parrot Bay cocktails.Continue reading...

digital moves

Sony Jumps Ahead in Online Pay-TV Race with Pending Viacom Deal

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 16, 2013 01:40 PM

With the announcement of a pending deal with Viacom to stream content from such channels as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, Sony has essentially put itself far outfront in the race to create a workable online pay-TV model. 

The deal is the first of its kind, further pitting the company against a long list of rivals, including Google, Intel, Apple, Netflix and Microsoft, that are all racing to nail down a subscription-based TV streaming system. 

Sony's “over the top” model could disrupt the current ecosystem, pitting cable companies against each other, however it “might also be the tonic that slows the arrival of the 'capocalypse'—where enough people 'cut the cord' and drop cable altogether that the whole industry collapses," Forbes explains. Sony’s not-yet-named service works on Sony-branded TVs and PlayStation but will not offer a la carte channel selection, still delivering content through cable's tried and true bundled model.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Best Indian Brands, Yahoo, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2013 09:20 AM

In the News

Tata is ranked No. 1 in Interbrand's Best Indian Brands 2013 report. 

Yahoo and NBC team up to develop cross-platform sports shows.

Facebook plans to sell TV-style ads for $2.5 million each, as it moves into mobile games publishing. 

Ford and Toby Keith ride again, as automaker announces plans to offer F-150 that rides on natural gas. 

ABC leads rival networks in summer ratings.

Accenture is in talks about acquiring Booz & Co.

Air Products & Chemicals sees activist investor Bill Ackman take nearly a 10 percent stake in company.

BP fund for Gulf spill is running out.

Candia, a French milk brand, plans to set up shop in China to take advantage of consumer concerns. 

CBS continues to court boomers.

Coach shuffles management after weak results.Continue reading...

social media watch

Thomson Reuters Twitter Latest to be Hacked by Syrian Group

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 30, 2013 02:47 PM

Thomson Reuters' corporate Twitter account is the latest victim of the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers that are pro-president Bashar Al-Assad. The group is the same one that claimed responsibility for Twitter hacks on NPR, CBS' 60 Minutes, Al Jazeera and the Associated Press—a hack that caused a drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. 

For about 45 minutes Monday night, the hackers took over, posting offensive political cartoons—all of which Buzzfeed managed to capture before Twitter suspended the @ThomsonReuters account, which has about 83,000 followers and is seperate from the @Reuters breaking news account.Continue reading...

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In the News: Hudson's Bay, BMW, Omnicom and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on July 29, 2013 09:45 AM

In the News

Hudson's Bay to buy Saks for $2.4 billion. 

BMW debuts battery-powered i3 in charge to take on Tesla

Omnicom, Publicis Groupe to merge, creating the world's largest advertising agency. 

Amazon plans to hire 7,000 workers for its US operations. 

Boeing asks jet operators to inspect Honeywell beacons over malfunction concerns.

CBS, Time Warner Cable smear campaigns could damage brands as new deadline looms. 

Rebranded International New York Times will put a strong emphasis on digital. 

Land Rover, Adidas make positive impressions on African Americans, while L'Oreal loses ground. 

Liquid-Plumr tests dirty ads to sell drain cleaner. 

Mazda expected to post huge leap in Q1 operating profit.Continue reading...

sports in the spotlight

Fox Sports 1 Ready to Take On ESPN with Broad Programming, Funny Talking-Heads

Posted by Dale Buss on July 26, 2013 05:14 PM

ESPN may have a 30-year head start on Fox Sports 1, but the new 21st Century Fox-owned, startup TV-sports network will have—well, "jockularity."

Rupert Murdoch has long taken on quests that others see as unrealistic, and none may be more so than the global media titan's bid to finally give some serious competition in the US sports-programming genre to Walt Disney's ESPN. Other giants—including Comcast Corp.'s NBC and CBS—have tried and are continuing to try to chip away at ESPN's estimated $10 billion stranglehold on American TV-sports fans, but Fox's bid appears to be the most serious yet.

Fox Sports 1 will debut on August 17 with a passel of crucial live-sports programming rights—for Nascar, Major League Baseball games starting next year, and some college football and basketball, as well as Fox's huge place in NFL broadcasts—the requisite stable of ex-jocks, some experienced sports broadcasters, and a different attitude than ESPN.Continue reading...

media brands

Univision Marks Network Milestone as US English-Speaking Networks Falter

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 24, 2013 03:52 PM

For the first time in TV history, a non-english speaking network has come out on top. Univision was crowned July's sweeps victor over Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC with an average of 1.81 million viewers aged 18 to 49, according to Nielsen. The victory speaks to the demographical changes in the US, as well as the widespread struggles that other networks have had sustaining popular programming, especially during the slow summer season. 

The network's full-page ads in The New York Times, LA Times and Wall Street Journal trumpeted, "Numero Uno is the new Number One." The company also published a statement on Slate: “Univision swept ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. For the first time ever, the Network’s no-repeat lineup of primetime novelas, variety and sports made Univision America’s New #1 Network among both adults 18 – 34 and 18 – 49, including men and women. In any language.”

The network, which boasted all original programming and an average viewer age of 37, had big gains thanks to its youth awards show, "Premios Juventud," which scored close to five million viewers, as well as soccer matches Copa Oro and CONCACAF and popular telenovela Amores Verdaderos.Continue reading...

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