Bent Pixels, FilmTrack Partner Up

October 10, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Media and entertainment content and rights-management company FilmTrack has inked a deal with digital rights watchdog company Bent Pixels, to collaborate on rights management for film, TV, digital and publishing clients. Las Vegas-based Bent Pixels’ DRM solutions audit the Web for unclaimed content eligible for monetization by copyright owners.

Google and Google-owned YouTube partner with the company to locate user-generated content and reclaim it for copyright owners. The technology works outside of YouTube’s ContentID system to locate potentially infringing content.

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Level 3 Shares Cloud Survey Results

October 7, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Level 3 Communications has just released the results of its 2014 Cloud Adoption Survey, which sought the cloud insights of nearly 200 IT professionals in the industry. The feedback saw 34% of respondents saying they are already running public, external applications in the cloud, with 48% saying they’re “at some point in the migration process.”

About a third said the cloud isn’t just meant for Web sites and mobile apps, with approximately 30% saying they are running internal and private apps (including business continuity and disaster recovery, application hosting, and data analytics) in the cloud environment.

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Redbox Instant, Unable to Catch Subscribers, Folds

October 6, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Redbox Instant by Verizon, the joint venture subscription service that paired disc rentals at kiosks with unlimited streaming online, will cease operations Oct. 7, Redbox parent company Outerwall announced, brining to an end a short-lived attempt to challenge the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

“In connection with the cessation of the consumer service, the parties are in discussions to dissolve the joint venture,” Outerwall said in a statement. “The company does not expect these actions will have a material financial impact.”

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Cinram Signs Distribution Deal With Neat

October 3, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

Cinram, a Najafi Companies affiliate, has announced a multi-year agreement with The Neat Company, a leading manufacturer and technology provider in the office organization space. This new deal expands Cinram’s distribution and fulfillment portfolio with the company providing an end-to-end distribution solution accommodating Neat’s evolving product portfolio. The Neat Company is dedicated to creating one ecosystem for all your important information – on your desktop, the cloud and with mobile.

Neat transforms digital and paper documents into useful, organized information so small businesses can work more efficiently and spend less time on administrative tasks and more time getting to what matters…

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The Role of Search Engines in Piracy

October 1, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

It turns out search engines just might play a role in whether consumers choose to steal content or buy it.

That’s according to a new study out of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, which sought to find out whether search results actually do influence consumers’ choices for piracy when legal consumption channels are readily available.

CMU researchers figured there was only one way to find out whether search engine results influence piracy choices…

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Yahoo Picks up Rovi Music Data

September 30, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Rovi Corp. has a new (huge) client today: Yahoo has inked an agreement that will give it access to Rovi Music, the metadata arm of Rovi that covers more than 3.3 million album releases and 30 million tracks.

Yahoo’s Arnab Bhattacharjee, VP of engineering for Yahoo, said the agreement will “enhance our music-related products and services and fuel better music discovery and enjoyment.”

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Deluxe Upgrades Toronto Facility for Dolby Atmos

September 29, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

With Dolby Atmos hitting Blu-ray Disc for the first time Sept. 30, with Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dolby is beginning to upgrade its facilities to manage the technology.

Deluxe Toronto is one of the first to get the upgrade to its mixing rooms, with the addition of Dolby Atmos to Mix 1, Canada’s largest film mixing stage. Deluxe has also added JBL M2 Master Reference monitors to the facility. Atmos is a surround-sound technology was first used in theaters in 2012 with Disney’s Brave, and lets content creators place move sounds anywhere, including overhead. The technology automatically adapting the sound to the number and placement of speakers.

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KPMG: Nearly Every Hollywood Movie is Available Legally

September 26, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Piracy may still be a major problem for Hollywood, but it’s not because studios aren’t making content available, according to a new study from auditing and research firm KPMG.

In its “Film and TV Title Availability in the Digital Age” report, KPMG found that as of the end of 2013, 94% of the most popular and critically acclaimed films in the U.S. were readily available via online VOD services.

TV shows didn’t rank quite as high on the availability scale, with 85% of popular shows available online. The study looked at 34 online video services covering every business model, including transactional (electronic sellthrough and online rental), subscription VOD and ad-supported VOD.

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Redbox Price Increase Tests Underway; Studio Contracts Up for Renewal

September 25, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Redbox parent company Outerwall has followed through on its promise to test price increases for DVDs and Blu-ray Discs at movie rental kiosks this year, with an analyst finding at least a half dozen cities charging higher rental prices for DVD, Blu-ray or both.

B. Riley and Co. analyst Eric Wold calculates price increase tests of between 13% and 25% for DVDs ($1.35-$1.50 a night) and between 17% and 33% for Blu-ray (between $1.75-$2 a night) in select cities. Redbox last upped its nightly rental fees in late 2011, raising DVD prices from $1 to $1.20. Blu-ray has been $1.50 a night since Redbox first began offering high-def in mid-2010.

“In our opinion, it may be difficult for Redbox to increase prices by any meaningful amount without negative reactions from consumers and/or increased promotional activity,” Wold said.

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LG Looks to Deluxe for 4K Work

September 17, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

LG Electronics has tasked Deluxe to help process and deliver native and remastered 4K content for its line-up of Ultra HD TVs.

Deluxe will prepare and encode content in 4K that will be included on a hard drive device packaged with select LG 4K UHD TVs. Deluxe will be charged with ensuring the content is delivered with optimal frame rates, bitrates, color gamut and software decoding.

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Oracle Acquires Front Porch Digital

September 15, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Oracle Systems Sept. 14 announced it was acquiring digital asset management company Front Porch Digital.

Based in Lafayette, Colo., Front Porch Digital’s content storage management solutions currently handle approximately 750 petabytes of digital content for more than 550 companies (including A&E, BBC, Discover Communications and NASCAR) in more than 80 countries. Oracle plans to integrate Front Porch Digital’s solutions — including the DIVASolutions content storage management system, the LYNX media-grade cloud solution and SAMMA migration solutions — into its own suite of storage solutions.

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Mediamorph Gets $10 Million Financing Boost

September 12, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Cross-platform data management and analytics firm Mediamorph has raised $10 million in financing, thanks to Liberty Global Ventures, the new investment fund owned by Liberty Global, the largest cable company outside of America.

The funding will go toward supporting Mediamorph’s next-gen data management platform, and the expansion of the New York-based company’s sales group.

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Adobe Advances Content Protection for Online TV, Movies

September 8, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

Adobe today announced advancements to its content protection solution in Adobe Primetime, the industry’s most advanced TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers. Primetime Digital Rights Management (DRM) is now available across apps on connected devices, including set top boxes, and via HTML5 on major web browsers.

In addition, Adobe unveiled that it is the first DRM vendor to work with Intel, Broadcom and AMD to enable hardware-based DRM that protects “super” premium HD and 4K content across tablets, smartphones and desktops.

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Fox Partners with Samsung for Innovation Lab

September 4, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 
By Chris Tribbey

It was last October that Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, shared his studio’s vision for a closer relationship between content companies and the consumer electronics industry. To build this “digital bridge,” Dunn announced that the studio would launch the Fox Innovation Lab, which would establish a digital-centric relationship between the studio and consumer electronics and technology companies, with the intent of enhancing the consumer experience.

On Sept. 4, the Fox Innovation Lab officially got off the ground, with Dunn announcing a new partnership with Samsung Electronics, one that will see the two companies enabling digital playback technology for premium content.

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Driving Digital Entertainment Revenues – Learning from Experience

August 19, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

There is much that has already been learned about what the industry needs to do to encourage revenue growth in the digital video business in Europe over the coming years.

That said, there remains an element of experimentation in business models, including pricing strategies, packaging and promotional approaches and the content/genre mix as the industry grapples with meeting consumer wants and needs in an increasingly competitive marketplace. These are among the topics that will be debated by the experienced panel of Digital Video Service Providers at next month’s ESCA Digital Europe Conference in London.

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Walmart Entertainment Sector Sees a Drop

August 15, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

It was a good news, bad news week for Walmart. Overall sales for the No. 1 retailer were up nearly 3% ($3.2 billion) to more than $119 billion, though comparable U.S. store sales were flat. U.S. sales were up $1.9 billion, or 2.7%, to more than $70 billion. The company reported a profit of $4.1 billion, up .6% year over year, with earnings per share of $1.21.

However, in Walmart’s general merchandise category, which includes consumer electronics and home entertainment, Walmart saw a double-digit drop in sales, with executives blaming the drop on an overall softness in the market.

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ContentBridge CEO Weighs in on Net Neutrality

August 14, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Jason Peterson, CEO of digital supply chain company ContentBridge, has penned a letter to Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), suggesting the FCC take a “balanced” approach to Net Neutrality.

With the FCC considering new Net Neutrality rules that would see the government regulating Internet services providers the same way it does with phone companies, Peterson’s letter suggests instead that the FCC instead off a set of regulations that leverage the Commerce Clause to pre-empt local regulations.

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E&Y: M&E CFO Attitudes are Changing

August 11, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Since the recession of 2008, the chief financial officers (CFOs) of media and entertainment companies have had one overriding concern: how to cut costs within their businesses.

In 2014, that attitude has finally changed, according to a new report from Ernst & Young (EY).

Interviewing 50 CFOs in the media and entertainment space (including those from Lionsgate, Time Warner, Sony Corp. of America and News Corp.), EY’s “It’s Showtime!” report shows a sea-change shift in attitude: 74% of CFOs said investing in digital is their clear-cut No. 1 priority today.

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Disney Discs the Latest Target in Amazon Fight

August 8, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Since the beginning of August, Amazon shoppers have been unable topreorder titles from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, including Muppets Most Wanted (Aug. 12), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Sept. 9) and Maleficent (Nov. 4).

Just like during the Warner battle, Amazon Instant Video electronic sellthrough preorders of every title is still available ($14.99 SD, $19.99 HD).

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DEG: Consumer Home Entertainment Spending Flat Through 2014

August 5, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Through the first half of 2014, consumers spent $8.6 billion on home entertainment in the U.S., down less than 1% compared to the first half of 2013, according to data from DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

A nearly 17% jump in digital spending ($3.6 billion compared to just over $3 billion in the first half of 2013) helped level out the industry after continued drops in disc revenue, with consumers spending on discs down more than 8% in the sellthrough category ($3.3 billion compared to $3.6 billion).

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Adobe: Mobile ‘The Test by Which Customer Experience is Measured’

August 1, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

For five years running Adobe has been tracking how consumers use their mobile devices to access the Internet and — more importantly — how they spend money using mobile devices.

This year’s “” notes a possible turning point in the game: there are approximately 7 billion people in the world, and more than 2 billion are using smartphones, “giving consumers unprecedented access to a vast array of information and capabilities at their fingertips, anytime, anywhere,” the report reads.

New Looks at Hollywood’s Piracy Problem

July 16, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The assumption about piracy has long been that once a new theatrical release hits the file sharing sites, the box office take for that film will be significantly impacted.

But that just may not be the case, according to economist Koleman Strumpf, a professor with the University of Kansas School of Business, who conducted one of the most extensive piracy studies to date. “Using movie-level tracking stocks in conjunction with the arrival date of illicit copies, I find that file sharing has only a modest impact on box office revenue,” Strumpf concludes in his study, “Using Markets to Measure the Impact of File Sharing on Movie Revenues.”

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Samsung, Intel, Dell Start Open Interconnect Consortium

July 8, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

A group of top consumer electronics companies have banded together to launch a new industry consortium, with the intent of improving interoperability and defining connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dubbed the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), the group is founded by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River, and the group’s mission is to define a common communications framework to wirelessly connect and manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of operating system or service provider.

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Microsoft’s MacNaughton Offers Look at Cybercrime Center

June 19, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Cybercriminals have become “much more aggressive and much more sophisticated” and the only way to combat them to is to be just as aggressive and sophisticated, Bonnie MacNaughton, assistant general counsel at Microsoft. On June 18 she shared a quick overview of Microsoft’s Cybercrime Center, which combines legal and technical expertise with cutting-edge tools and technology “to stay ahead of [cybercriminals].”

The Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) and the Hollywood IT Society (HITS) co-sponsored the Webinar.

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Google, Xbox Unveil World Cup Plans

June 3, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Google’s Chromecast and Microsoft’s Xbox have big plans for this month’s World Cup.

Xbox One owners will have a “Destination Brazil” platform starting June 12, a dashboard experience that features Brazil Now, a new app that snaps next to live TV, enhancing the viewing experience of games, let’s users play FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: FIFA World Cup, and browse various series about various teams.

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PwC: Cybercrime on the Upswing, and U.S. Companies aren’t Prepared

May 29, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

A new study from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) paints a dark picture of the state of cyber-security in the U.S., with both cybercrime incidents and the monetary losses associated rising, but less than 40% of American companies properly prepared to respond.

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CDSA Releases Annual Content Protection Standard Update

May 21, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) has released the annual update to its Content Protection Standard (CPS), offering enhancements meant to keep up with evolving digital supply chain security.

The CPS includes an updated mapping section (including a detailed comparison with the Motion Picture Association of America’s Best Practices, ISO 27001/2 and 31000) plus the new inclusion of Walt Disney Studios’ own standard). CDSA’s CPS is being used to manage companies’ security programs at more than 100 entertainment content holders and supply chain partners worldwide.

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MESA, DEG Partner on Supply Chain Event

May 14, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Top studio executives and entertainment industry experts will be on hand May 22 in Los Angeles when DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) and the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) host the annual Entertainment Supply Chain Academy (ESCA) Digital event.

Chaired by Larry Wilk, DEG’s digital ambassador, the event will see Hollywood’s leading digital operations executives discussing how the entertainment business is changing its production workflows and distribution systems to accommodate digital files and products, and encountering new business supply chain challenges every week.

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Cable Show: FCC Chair Comes Out Swinging

May 1, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), usually begins his industry keynotes with lighthearted analogies or funny stories.

Not this time at The Cable Show. “I had originally intended to open this with some light banter about being back here, but there is a serious issue that I want to address right away: the future of the Internet,” he said.

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Atkinson: M&E Industry Experts Must Work Together to Address Security (HITS)

April 25, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

Richard Atkinson, the global director of piracy conversion for Adobe and chairman of the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA), has a message for the security and IT departments of media and entertainment companies. “Share together,” Atkinson said, speaking at the recent Hollywood IT Summit. “There is huge knowledge in this room, and all of us come from different experiences, and so the real key, like with [the Hollywood IT Society], which was formed to share the knowledge of IT, we can do more [sharing] on the security side.”

CDSA and Adobe will host an hour-long Webinar on May 7 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST). Led by Atkinson, the open discussion will focus on the combination of an increasingly difficult security landscape, with the increasing company and personal impacts of a breach. Click here for Webinar Registration Information.

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Hollywood IT Summit Experts Tackle Cloud Security

April 23, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

While attending the recent NAB Show in Las Vegas, Sean Flynn, chief technology officer for Marvel Studios, repeatedly heard (“Too many times to count”) that content creators should simply trust their cloud service providers. That’s advice every content company would be wise to ignore, he said April 22, speaking at the Hollywood IT Summit.

“You don’t trust anyone,” Flynn said. “If we want to do business together, and I say ‘Trust me,’ you better run.”

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Independent Security Evaluators Offers Heartbleed Suggestions

April 16, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Everyone on the Internet is scrambling following this month’s reveal of the Heartbleed bug, a security hole in the open-source OpenSSL encryption technology widely used by online businesses.

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Experts Tackle Security in the Cloud

April 9, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Justin Somaini, VP and chief trust officer, for online file sharing and cloud content management service Box, believes companies that deal with the secure delivery of content in the cloud are finally starting to ask the most important questions when they take on a new client. “What’s the actually value of their content [and] what is the impact of a security failure?” he said April 9, speaking at the annual NAB Show during a panel on cloud reliability and security. “A script is just a file for all intents and purposes. But movies are there to get an emotional reaction.

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BBC, Fortium Share ‘Dr. Who’ Distribution Story

April 4, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

So much could have gone wrong last November with the global, multiplatform debut of BBC Worldwide’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor, it’s no surprise Robin Boldon wants to highlight everything that went right.

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MediaSilo Preps for NAB

March 27, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

A partnership announcement with Amazon, updated iOS apps and a happy hour. This year’s NAB show is shaping up to be a good one for MediaSilo. The provider of cloud-based media workflow and collaboration solutions wants to save most of the details about its Amazon partnership for the show. However, Joe Foxton, VP of product marketing, was able to share some details ahead of the April conference.

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Comcast, Netflix Go Back and Forth Ahead of Senate Hearing

March 21, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The back and forth between Netflix and Comcast March 20 was something Comcast executives likely could have done with out, ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over the proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

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Study: TV Still Reigns … For Now

March 20, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

A new study from multiplatform video company Vubiquity finds that the living room TV is still the most popular source of video content, with 83% of people using it on a weekly basis, 47% on a daily basis. But other screens are coming up fast: three-quarters of people under 35s are also using a computer for video viewing on a weekly basis and 64% of 13- to 17-year-olds are watch video on a smartphone on a weekly basis (37% on a daily basis).

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DVD by Mail Isn’t Dead … Yet

March 18, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

When Dish-owned Blockbuster ended its DVD-by-mail business earlier this year, it left Netflix as the sole survivor in the world of physical disc distribution at the mailbox. Temporarily, at least.

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ISP Broadband Adds Slowed in 2013

March 17, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Internet service providers (ISPs) added 2.6 million new broadband customers in 2013, down 5% from 2012, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group.

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Technicolor Makes Digital, IP Personnel Moves

March 12, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Technicolor recently made some major personnel changes in its IP and digital entertainment divisions. On the IP front, the Paris-based company installed Kenneth Bridges as its SVP of intellectual property enforcement and litigation, with Bridges handling all IP-enforcement responsibilities for the company’s technology businesses, as well as its research and innovation laboratories.

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Digitalsmiths: Pay-TV Content Discovery Needs Work

March 11, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Content recommendation and discovery company Digitalsmiths — recently acquired by TiVo — has released its latest consumer video trends research report, and the numbers could prove problematic for pay-TV providers.

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2014 Hollywood IT Summit (HITS) Announces Programs, Dates

March 7, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

The leading members of the Hollywood IT community will convene for their annual conference on April 22 when the annual Hollywood IT Summit (HITS) moves to a new, expanded location at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 22, 2014.  This year’s theme, “Get Ready for Your Digital Makeover Hollywood” will explore IT’s role in shaping the digital future of their enterprises, from production to distribution to the overall studio operation.

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Disney, Dish End Litigation, Renew Distribution Deal

March 4, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The Walt Disney Co. and Dish Network reached an agreement late March 3 that provides Dish customers access to Disney-owned content across all devices, and ends litigation between the companies over Dish’s PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop technologies.

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Analyst: Netflix Fooled Investors

February 24, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

When Netflix and Comcast announced Sunday that they had signed a multi-year interconnection agreement, the two companies said in a joint statement that Netflix would not receive any preferential network treatment, and that the partnership would allow “for future growth in Netflix traffic.”

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary – BBC Worldwide to discuss Supply Chain Challenges at HITS Europe

February 18, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

On 23rd November last year the BBC aired a special edition of Doctor Who to mark the 50th anniversary of the longest running sci-fi television series in the world. It became one of the greatest entertainment supply chain challenges ever undertaken.

Such is the global appeal of the series that the occasion was confirmed as a new Guinness World Record for the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history, watched by viewers in 98 countries worldwide.

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IHS: Cloud-Based Dependence on the Rise

February 14, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Global business spending for cloud-related infrastructure and services will hit $174.2 billion this year, up 20% from $145.2 billion in 2013, and the number of global consumer cloud subscriptions is expected to hit 730 million this year, up from 630 million in 2013, according to a new report from IHS.

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Extreme Reach Buys DG TV Business; Sizmek Emerges

February 13, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Cloud-based ad management, delivery and measurement company Extreme Reach recently closed its $485 million acquisition of the TV assets of Digital Generation (DG), giving Extreme Reach a combined client base of more than 9,000.

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Weather Co. Chooses Sony Media Cloud Services

February 12, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The Weather Co. — which delivers worldwide weather information via The Weather Channel, weather.com, Weather Underground, Intellicast.com, and third-party publishing partners —has partnered with Sony Media Cloud Services for cloud-based video content services.

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Analyst: Expect DivX Sale Update from Rovi

February 10, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Rovi Corp. is expected to announce positive fourth quarter financial results when the markets close Feb. 12, mostly thanks to the company’s deals with over-the-top services, according to an analyst.

However, its those OTT deals that’s had Rovi considering a sale of its DivX unit since October, according to Eric Wold, analyst with B. Riley & Co.

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Level 3 Sees Profit Rise

February 7, 2014 · Posted in M&E Connections, M&E Daily · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Communications technology company Level 3 ended the year in fine fashion, posting a fourth quarter profit of $14 million, compared to a loss of $56 million during the  fourth quarter of 2012.

The results came despite a minor drop in quarterly revenue, $1.6 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $1.61 a year ago.

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