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Comcast Raises Netflix, Amazon with Plan to Sell Movies for Streaming Through Set-Top Box

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 15, 2013 11:47 AM

Cord cutters have made the last 12 months the worst ever for cable-TV subscriber retention, the Los Angeles Times reports. Perhaps that’s part of the reason that one of America’s largest cable operators is getting in on the streaming-video movement. After all, DVD sales have been falling while sales of streaming films and television programs increased 45 percent in the third quarter.

Comcast “plans to start selling movies for download and streaming through the cable operator's set-top boxes and its Xfinity TV website,” Reuters reports. By year’s end, Comcast's 20 million subscribers will be able to purchase movies and content that they can watch on their TV, computer, or mobile device. This differs from Comcast’s current on-demand offerings, which only allow viewers to "rent" a selection to watch during a set time window.Continue reading...

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In the News: Sony, Volkswagen, Adidas and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 15, 2013 07:58 AM

In the News

Sony puts US fans in a lather with PlayStation 4 launch at critical time for company.

Volkswagen recalls 2.6 million vehicles worldwide and says UAW vote at its plant wouldn't affect US expansion plans.

Adidas goes with NBA "BIG logo" and short-sleeved jerseys for Christmas Day promotion.

A.G. Lafley shuffles P&G executives as one moves to Google.

Alexander McQueen collaborates with Damien Hirst

Berkshire Hathaway takes big stake in ExxonMobil.

Cisco earnings miss portends broader changes in industry.

Compuware gets shareholder pressure to put itself up for sale.

Comcast plans to start selling films.

Dolce & Gabbana appeal tax evasian conviction. 

Eminem taps brand partners to promote new album.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Dell, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 30, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

Amazon rolls out Kindle MatchBook program that bundles print books with discounted e-books. 

Dell is officially private.

Twitter rolls out richer feed with videos, images. 

AT&T puts Halloween twist on "It's not complicated" campaign with cute kids.

Barnes & Noble turns out new, lighter Nook Simple Touch GlowLight. 

BlackBerry met with Facebook on potential bid.

British American Tobacco apoligizes for advertising e-cigarette brand in kids' app. 

CBS said to be developing streaming news channel.

Chevrolet faces "B Strong" backlash.

Chrysler profits are boosted by pickups and SUVs.

Comcast's rebranded Xfinity TV Go app will stream like TV from anywhere.  

Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to buy Snapchat.Continue reading...

digital moves

Netflix Reportedly Courting Cable Operators, but Should It Be the Other Way Around?

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 14, 2013 04:16 PM

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? While Netflix is working on the whole 'beating them' thing, the leading streaming service is reportedly looking to strike deals with Cable TV providers to stream Netflix content on their set-top boxes. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Netflix is pursuing pay-TV companies including Comcast and Suddenlink Communications to bring its online service to their customer base via an app. 

It would be Netflix’s first deal with a US cable provider following a similar agreement recently forged with UK cable operator Virgin Media and Sweden's Com Hem, allowing their customers to access Netflix through Tivo set-top boxes.Continue reading...

tweet deal

Twitter Teams with NBCU, Comcast to Stream Live TV Through Tweets

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 10, 2013 03:13 PM

Twitter's Amplify service allows programmers and advertisers to push real-time videos to Twitter users as they engage with on-air content, but now the microblogger is taking it one step further, striking a deal with NBCUniversal to allow subscribers to stream and record full shows directly from a tweet. 

The new "See It" feature, which will debut in November, will be available to the more than 24 million Comcast customers in the US, while a handful of other cable providers and even non-subscribers will also get access to abbreviated content, according to Mashable.

The deal also includes a more traditional Amplify partnership that will see real-time NBCU content as well as ad content inserted into tweets, much like other programmers including CBS, the NFL and Viacom are doing.

The See It feature that was designed by Comcast engineers will allow Twitter users to tune in immediately, according to a press release. NBC Sports Network will be the first to utilize the Amplify partnership, tweeting short clips of Premier League highlights that will be sponsored by General Electric. Beyond the NBCU partnership, the See It feature will allow users to set their DVRS and buy theater tickets through Fandango.Continue reading...

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In the News: JCPenney, KFC, H&M and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

JCPenney undoes more of Ron Johnson's handiwork with logo revamp.

KFC preps quality-assurance campaign in China.

H&M, Gap back in the spotlight after another Bangladesh factory fire kills several workers. 

A&E Networks pitches original programming.

Aereo Android app will debut Oct. 22.

Alcatel-Lucent must revise job-cut plans in France.

Apple reportedly slashes iPhone 5c production.

AT&T and GE partner for wireless global network.

BlackBerry warms to breakup exit strategy as brand expands office closures.

Chevrolet revs up major ad push for Malibu.Continue reading...

see you in court

Networks Aim to Break Dish Over Service Claims

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 1, 2013 10:47 AM

Dish Network execs might like the name of its streaming service, “Dish Everywhere,” but those two words have gotten executives at DirecTV, Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Time Warner Cable, and Charter pretty peeved—so much so that they've all filed a challenge to the term with the US. Patent & Trademark Office, according to Variety. Dish filed for the phrase back in September of last year, but it seems the other providers feel the word “anywhere” belongs to everybody.

But that's not the end of Dish's legal battles. The satellite provider is also battling Fox, which is making claims that the service's new Hopper DVRs with Sling are breaking retransmission laws. Sling allows content on Dish to be seen on other devices while the Hopper allows users to skip over lucrative advertisements.

But not everyone is hating on Dish right now. Dish and Disney, whose programming deal was set to expire midnight on Monday, were able to come to a temporary agreement so that Dish customers wouldn't experience a blackout of channels including ESPN, ABC Family and Disney.Continue reading...

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In the News: Tribune, Yelp, Blackberry and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 10, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Tribune plans to spin off newspaper unit.

Yelp adds food-delivery services to site through partnerships.

BlackBerry faces same old problems after name change as CEO admits US debut of new phones was flawed.

Abbott cuts baby-formula prices in China.

Apple colluded with major publishers to drive up e-book prices, judge rules. 

Asiana Airlines pilots in first pairing struggled to line up plane that crashed, investigation reveals.

Budweiser signs Rihanna and Jay-Z for 85-country tour.

Dollar Shave Club will try out 'beardvertising' trend. 

Elizabeth Arden launches third Taylor Swift fragrance.

GM sells more cars in China than in US in first half.Continue reading...

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