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Good morning, it’s Monday, August 4, 2008, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.

Time Warner has completed the preliminary work necessary to spin off AOL‘s dial-up business from the rest of the company and plans to announce as much on Wednesday, reported The WSJ. Time Warner has indicated it wants to sell off the ISP part of the business, possibly to Earthlink, and is believed to be shopping the ad-driven portal side as well.

Sunday at Scripps Networks. A Prime Time for “Star” Gazing.


One explanation for why it’s so difficult to stop online piracy is that users often have trouble finding legit outlets that offer the movies they want to see online. The MPAA is out to remedy that with a new website that will point users in the direction of authorized portals such as Netflix, iTunes, Xbox Marketplace and the PlayStation Store, per Variety.
Bilingual soccer cable network GolTV was removed from the Dish Network line up of channels as of Friday afternoon, due to a contract dispute. The network had been available on Dish’s America’s Top 250 and Dish Latino programming packages., the silver-screen-focused spin-off of Bravo’s, has launched its first original online video series: “ Coming Soonish,” reviewing the weeks major theatrical releases. While you’re there you can vote for TWOP’s first annual Tubey Awards, with more than 60 categories measuring excellence and horridness during the 2007-08 season.


TVTonic is powering a new service to allow Windows Vista Media Center users to subscribe to and view their choice of Olympic events in standard and, when available, HD quality. NBC Olympics on the Go will download the video to your computer so you can watch it later, even if you’re not connected to the internet. One caveat, as Gigaom points out, is that metered broadband users will be unable to use the service. (ISPs such as Time Warner Cable are experimenting with metering or capping the amount of data users are allowed to download, then charging extra for excess usage.)
Fox Searchlight
has just posted a new R-rated trailer for the upcoming Choke movie, based on author Chuck Palahnluk’s novel of the same name starring Sam Rockwell. (Users must enter their birth date to see it – be honest now.) You must navigate a cool Flash-based interface to get to the fun stuff.


LG Electronics unveiled the first broadband-connected Blu-ray Disc Player that will allow Netflix subscribers to stream movies and TV shows to their television in addition to playing Blu-ray and standard DVD discs. The BD300’s remote will allow users to pause, fast-forward and rewind the video stream as well as read synopses and rate the titles they are watching. The player is expected to hit stores in September. Until now the $99 Roku player is the only device to enable Netflix Unlimited titles to be viewed on the TV.


Sunday at Scripps Networks. A Prime Time for “Star” Gazing.

Next Food Network Star season finale
Highest ratings in Food Network history: 3.0 HH; 2.8 W25-54; 2.4 W18-49; 2.1 A25-54
The week’s #1 Sunday primetime show in all of television with W18-49.

July 28 HGTV Design Star
Delivered a 1.74, the highest primetime W18-49 rating in HGTV history.

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and #2 in all of cable with Upscale Adults & Women.

Source: The Nielsen Co. Qualifications on request. Visit


International Olympic Committee officials held a press conference on Saturday to announce it has not struck a deal with the Chinese government to restrict foreign journalists access to the internet in China to cover the Beijing Games, despite reports to the contrary.
Responding to multiple complaints, comments and studies the FCC ruled against Comcast for violating net neutrality principles on Friday, ordering the company to cease throttling the P2P traffic of its customers by the end of the year. But the ruling was criticized as amounting to nothing more than a slap on the wrist as no fines were issued. The agency also reiterated its interest in allowing ISPs to block unlawful content (such as pirated music or video). It was Comcast’s indiscriminate blocking of entire P2P applications the FCC took exception to.
Yahoo‘s Aug. 1 shareholder’s meeting came and went without a mutiny as CEO Jerry Yang received 85% of the vote to stay at the helm of the company. Investors also voted to retain all nine current directors. Carl Icahn, who did not attend the meeting, has yet to name the 11th director who will join him on the Yahoo board. Former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller is apparently out as a candidate as Time Warner has yet to waive of non-compete clause that he signed as part of his severance package.
National Public Radio agreed to acquire Public Interactive, the web services division of Minneapolis-based Public Radio International. PI will continue to operate its fee-for-services business after it is folded into NPR.


Becky Scholten
has been promoted to Director of West Coast Advertising Sales for online weather service WeatherBug. Becky will be based in Los Angeles and manage the Germantown, MD-based company’s West Coast ad sales team. 


relaunches its AOL Video portal this morning with a much-improved interface allowing for more intuitive browsing and playback. (It actually looks an awful lot like Hulu now, except for the fact that the top of the page is reserved for sponsored instead of recommended content.)  You can browse by programming genre (including a handy web original category), channel, TV show and UGC or use the Truveo-powered search engine to scour for specific titles. The video portal, which contains video programming from all four major broadcast networks as well as 33 cable networks, is being more tightly integrated into AOL programming sites both here and abroad including AOL Music, AOL Television and GameDaily. The front page defaults to most viewed clips from AOL’s other programming portals. What’s missing is social networking functionality and editorial suggestions – for instance a recommendation engine would fit nicely. Aside from the breadth of officially-licensed fare – much of it clips – there is little to distinguish AOL Video from other portals. And let’s face it; it’s just too tough to compete with YouTube in the clip browsing business.

Later — Wayne
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