video killed the _____ star
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...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 13, 2013 09:06 AM
Starbucks ordered to pay Kraft $2.7 billion in losing coffee-package dispute.
Johnson & Johnson said to agree to $4 billion settlement over hip implants.
Unilever opts for sustainable palm oil.
Bloomberg says news service didn't kill articles on China.
Boeing vote tests union strength.
Chrysler brand chief leaves to head Maserati marketing.
Fantex delays "IPO" of injured NFL star.
Foxconn sees profit growth slow sharply.
Girls Gone Wild is up for sale.
GM shifts international headquarters to Singapore from Shanghai.
Hulu wants to be offered with pay-TV bundles.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 12, 2013 05:58 PM
So much for the season of giving. According to the US National Retail Federation, more than half of "holiday shoppers plan to spend an average of nearly $140 on 'self gifts,'" and brands like Roku are hoping that streaming services will be at the top of their list.
Set-top box maker Roku is upping the ante with a $12 million “Now This is TV” holiday ad campaign to keep pace with competitors like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, Xbox One, Google's Chromecast and Apple TV. The effort eclipses Roku's entire 2012 marketing budget, but with Netflix and Amazon pushing out original series on top of offering expansive video libraries, Roku hopes the ad effort will bring attention back to its broad content library as a "key differentiator," Ad Age reports.
As popular as Roku's set-top boxes are, there is plenty of competition. Apple has reportedly sold more of its set-top boxes than Roku, and Google's Chromecast offers a pared-down, more affordable version of Roku's services, but it seems consumers still prefer the little black box. In a report from Parks Associates, 37 percent of respondents who had streaming video said they primarily used Roku while only 24 percent said Apple TV was their first choice.Continue reading...
the revolution will be televised
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 7, 2013 06:37 PM
It’s getting easier and easier for the American public to unplug from the tyranny of cable television: Hulu, Aereo, Netflix, Amazon, and a slew of others are offering up digital-video content to the public that doesn’t require the restrictive packages that pay-TV touts.
Streaming movies and re-runs is one thing, but creating original content that rivals some of the best cable TV shows is one sure way to ensure customer converts. Netflix has led the way with its Emmy-winning House of Cards and critically-adored Orange is the New Black. But Amazon is now making its move, launching Alpha House on Nov. 15 and Betas one week later.
As the Wall Street Journal points out, the two services have some significant differences. Netflix releases entire seasons of its shows at one time so consumers can binge-watch, while Amazon will release the first three episodes of each show together and then release one episode per week after that. Also, Netflix gets its new shows the old-school way while Amazon has given the go-ahead to two pilots from scripts it received via an online portal it has set up.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on November 6, 2013 03:46 PM
When Blockbuster was sold to TV satellite provider Dish Network in April 2011, it was likely just a matter of time before Dish realized it was in over its head.
"Dish has zero retail capability at present, and therefore lacks the scale or synergies to benefit from the operation of Blockbuster retail stores. ...[Dish] decided that rather than buying the streaming capability and the Blockbuster brand name from another party, it could bid for the entire company and offer the store inventory to another bidder at a later date," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachtner observed at the time.
Sure enough, an announcement by Dish today indicated that Blockbuster would terminate its retail and by-mail DVD distribution operations in January, closing about 300 remaining US-based stores along with its distribution centers. The Blockbuster by Mail service will be discontinued in mid-December. Dish will, however, continue to support its domestic and international franchisees.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 18, 2013 09:22 AM
7-Eleven rebrands to target Millennials.
Nestle pledges zero waste in Europe by 2020.
Sperry Top-Sider unveils clothing line.
AT&T unveils $5 day-pass for tablet users.
Audi sees profit margin halving on investments in new models, report says.
Benjamin Moore stages "haunted hotel" stunt for painters.
Burger King names new CMO.
CVS unveils personalized circulars.
Dr Martens boots brand to be acquired by Permira.
eBay acquires Apple e-commerce exec.
Ford plans sneak peak for new Mustang.
Al Gore once tried to buy Twitter.Continue reading...
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...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on October 11, 2013 05:56 PM
Everyone knows that Amazon is the king of e-commerce. The online book-seller turned everything-under-the-sun seller offers some of the largest and most competitively-priced inventories of consumer products out there, but one category it hasn't conquered is beauty—until now.
This week, Amazon launched its Luxury Beauty store—a dedicated landing page that features various beauty products from 24 prestigious brands including Nars, Burberry and Deborah Lippman, according to Mashable.
Prior to the launch, customers could find drugstore-brand cosmetics and personal care items on the site, but Amazon is now for the first-time offering customers direct purchase access to high-end brands that are often only carried by major department stores and specialty beauty shops like Sephora.Continue reading...