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The Cable Business Is Finally, Really Getting Killed By The Internet
ESPN in talks with Apple about adding streaming sports to Apple TV

Apple TV could make ESPN another trick in its bag

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ESPN's network executive Sean Bratches said on Tuesday that the sports network would be interested in working with Apple to bring a version of the WatchESPN app to ESPN subscribers with the Apple TV. ESPN is the most-watched sports network in America, and a deal with the company could bring...
Apple TV could make ESPN another trick in its bag
Netflix signs deal with Disney to deliver movies to your living room while they're still in the theaters

Evomote hopes to improve content discoverability – with the help of your pay TV operator

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Evomote is a Spanish startup that hopes to transform your smartphone into a personalized TV guide, and its pitch during the Wayra Madrid Demo Day earlier this week was very well received. This was a good example of how much startups can change during an acceleration program – for the better. When...
Evomote hopes to improve content discoverability – with the help of your pay TV operator

Say Goodbye To Blockbuster Stores

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The Blockbuster brand emerged from the ashes of bankruptcy to have an impact on the bottom line of its new owner, Dish Network (NSDQ: DISH). The satellite TV service provider reported its first subscriber uptick in about two years, growth that was driven, it said, by the addition in...
Say Goodbye To Blockbuster Stores
BT website allows anyone to add services to an account with a phone number and postcode

Apple's Eddie Cue Suggests Apple Television Unlikely in Near-Term

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Fortune reports on a new analyst report published by Pacific Crest's Andy Hargreaves. The report was written after a meeting on Wednesday with Apple Peter Oppenheimer and Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President for Internet services and software. Hargreaves interpretation of that meeting was that an Apple Television would be...
Apple's Eddie Cue Suggests Apple Television Unlikely in Near-Term

Stalking the Elusive Cord-Cutter: Pay TV Grew Last Quarter (Again)

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Web video is awesome because it gives you so many great viewing choices, without having to pay for TV. So why did the number of pay TV subscribers just increase in the last three months? They didn’t grow much — just a modest 422,000 subscribers, for a very modest 0.2...
Stalking the Elusive Cord-Cutter: Pay TV Grew Last Quarter (Again)

France will cut funding to its piracy police

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France’s new culture minister is not yet promising to disband the country’s internet piracy enforcement agency, Hadopi. But she already is already planning to cut its budget and to dissuade it from kicking people off the internet. Aurélie Filippetti has commissioned former Canal+ pay-TV CEO Pierre Lescure to lead a wide-ranging...
France will cut funding to its piracy police

James Murdoch has “relinquished his position” as executive chairman of NewsCorp

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According to the WSJ, News Corp. executive James Murdoch has “relinquished his position” as executive chairman head of News International. James Murdoch”will to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay-TV businesses and broader international operations,” according to his father News Corp. CEO Rupert...
James Murdoch has “relinquished his position” as executive chairman of NewsCorp

Intel's Cable Box Will Have A Camera That Tracks You As You Watch TV (INTC)

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We should reserve judgement until we see the actual product, but the initial description of Intel's plan for a cable box sounds very creepy. It's planning to roll out a cable box with a camera that looks at who is watch TV to deliver a more personalized experience. At the...
Intel's Cable Box Will Have A Camera That Tracks You As You Watch TV (INTC)

Viacom's $5 Billion DirecTV Deal Keeps the Bundle Intact For Seven More Years

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Remember when the DirecTV-Viacom standoff was going to be the first step of in the beginning of the end of TV? Or at least the end of the bundle? Turns out you’re going to have to keep waiting for that. For a long time. The feud between the pay TV...
Viacom's $5 Billion DirecTV Deal Keeps the Bundle Intact For Seven More Years

Why Intel TV Is Just Another Doomed Lunge At The Consumer Market

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Over the past dozen years or so, Intel has repeatedly demonstrated that it has a tin ear when it comes to consumer electronics. Despite a long trail of failure, the tenacious chipmaker keeps coming back with one bad idea after another. Its latest scheme has Intel going toe-to-toe with... wait...
Why Intel TV Is Just Another Doomed Lunge At The Consumer Market
Universal and Fox movies blocked from iCloud on new Apple TV?

One TV Everywhere deal down! (Many more to go)

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Hey, it’s progress. Whether it actually ignites the kind of momentum needed to ultimately propel TV Everywhere to live up to its ubiquitous promise remains to be seen. On Wednesday, Viacom finally reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable, enabling the pay TV service provider to stream the media conglomerate’s...
One TV Everywhere deal down! (Many more to go)
Jon Miller: Hulu still essential to broadcasters

Liberty spins off Starz: Who will buy it?

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With Liberty Media’s announcement Wednesday that it’s spinning off Starz into a  separately traded public company, the speculation is on as to who might be America’s No. 3 pay cable service. As a standalone premium network with licensing agreements in place to run Disney and Sony theatrical films, Starz could...
Liberty spins off Starz: Who will buy it?

Video interview: Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose on competing with Amazon & iTunes

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“Somebody forgot to tell the American consumer not to buy DVDs,” quipped Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose when I met him at CES in Las Vegas last week. Sure, consumers are transitioning to digital, but they’re also still buying a whole lot of physical media, and transactional VOD – the renting...
Video interview: Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose on competing with Amazon & iTunes

Comcast launches app store for biz customers

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Comcast opened Upware, an app store featuring nine services for its small and mid-sized business customers on Wednesday. The app store isn’t a new idea, but it’s one that will bring in a new line of revenue for the ISP and serve one of its fastest growing customer bases. Comcast’s business...
Comcast launches app store for biz customers

Dish's Charlie Ergen on Ads, Wireless, Cord-Cutting, Culture and Blockbuster (Video)

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Dish chairman Charlie Ergen has a lot to say, and if you missed the livestream of his punchy and wide-ranging interview at D: Dive Into Media, you really missed out. Here’s the full video of Ergen’s interview with Peter Kafka. And here’s our coverage of what he said (but again,...
Dish's Charlie Ergen on Ads, Wireless, Cord-Cutting, Culture and Blockbuster (Video)

Murdoch to staff: Ignore the naysayers

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One of the most important elements of any major corporate move is pitching it to the staff. News Corp.Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch called in some top execs for meetings earlier this week to talk about splitting the company; here’s how he’s explaining it to everyone now that it’s official...
Murdoch to staff: Ignore the naysayers

Duh: Analyst Says TV Programming Price Increases Are Unsustainable And "A Train Wreck In The Making"

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Your monthly cable or satellite bill just keeps going up — that’s the reality we all face. And while consumers are getting squeezed by price increases, they’re not alone: Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett sees a reckoning coming, as increases in the cost of programming are also outpacing cable or...
Duh: Analyst Says TV Programming Price Increases Are Unsustainable And "A Train Wreck In The Making"

REMINDER: While Intel Is Messing Around With TV, The PC Business Is Dying (INTC)

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Intel is crazy to think about starting a pay TV service. Not only does Intel have zero relevant experience in the area, it's also a distraction from Intel's real problem. The personal computer is slowly dying. And Intel has almost no presence in the smartphones and tablets that are...
REMINDER: While Intel Is Messing Around With TV, The PC Business Is Dying (INTC)

Freesat hopes to lure customers from BSkyB with premium service

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BBC and ITV-backed venture to offer paid-for movie and music programming for first time as part of Freetime serviceFreesat, the satellite television joint venture backed by the BBC and ITV, is to launch a new smart-TV service it hopes will lure customers from BSkyB, including offering paid-for movie and music...
Freesat hopes to lure customers from BSkyB with premium service
Apple’s tough talks tough backfires in negotiations for new streaming TV service

Sky will launch an internet based TV service in the UK in the first half of 2012

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UK pay TV service Sky has just announced its quarterly results, and despite adding 100,000 subscribers as well as notching its "highest ever first-half adjusted operating profit" it will launch a new internet TV service, available to anyone in the country with a broadband connection. Sky describes the new...
Sky will launch an internet based TV service in the UK in the first half of 2012

Netflix locks up Academy Award nominated exclusives from The Weinstein Company

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If you're looking for more content to watch on Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming service -- especially since all those Starz movies are exiting stage left at month's end -- we have good news, as it just announced a multi-year exclusive deal with The Weinstein Company. The agreement covers foreign language,...
Netflix locks up Academy Award nominated exclusives from The Weinstein Company

Premium YouTube channels to cost $1 to $5 per month, report says

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YouTube could be preparing to get into the subscription video business this spring, if one report proves accurate. According to AdAge's unnamed sources, YouTube wants to offer paid channels at a cost of $1 to $5 per month. There would be about 25 channels at first, possibly launching as...
Premium YouTube channels to cost $1 to $5 per month, report says

Charter Communications Refuses To Air Antenna Manufacturer's Ad

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There's a lot of talk about "cord cutting" going around. On one hand, the techier side of the spectrum feels this is the new normal and that it spells out the eventual demise of cable companies. On the other hand, cable companies are stating loudly that this isn't happening...
Charter Communications Refuses To Air Antenna Manufacturer's Ad
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