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Good morning, it’s Monday, November 26, 2007 and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
Eighties new wave band The Romantics is suing publisher of play-along game Guitar Hero Activision, claiming a cover of the hit What I Like About You violates the band’s right to its own image. Apparently San Francisco-based band Wavegroup Sound totally nailed their cover version of the song, as The Romantics are complaining it sounds too much like the original. The band seeks unspecified damages and an injunction to prevent further sales of the game. Classic rock-themed Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock became Activision’s best selling opening-week title earlier this month, netting $115 million in revenues.
TV Guide and mobile content provider Helio introduced a new service offering TV show information, program listings, search functions and daily recommendations to Helio users. Text-based program alerts can be set to remind yourself and friends of what’s coming on the tube. TV Guide Mobile is available to Helio subscribers for $2.99/month, in addition to carrier data charges.
Barry Diller said he is planning to expand IAC/InterActive Corp.’s operations in China by investing an additional $100 million to create localized services such as a Chinese language Ask.com.
India-based Tinsel Cinema, LLC launched TinselVision, a Bollywood IPTV service for South Asians living in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and other countries. Feature films and soaps from TV networks such as Zee, Star and Zoom can be purchased a la carte for $1.99 each, or on a subscriptions basis for prices starting at $9.99 a month.
Activist group MoveOn.org joined the cacophony of complaints against Facebook’s new Beacon product recommendation system voicing concerns about user privacy. The main beef continues to be that Facebook users must “opt out” of the program in order to prevent their information from being shared, rather than making interested parties “opt in” to activate it. As of last night over 20,000 Facebook members had joined the group.
Amway founder Daniel H. Adler launched the beta version of Fanista.com, a retail website that combines Amway-style social networking with the online retail model. Fanista users create custom profiles and list their favorite DVDs, CDs and soon other media to recommend to friends. Like Facebook, the site generates revenue from user recommendations. But this time they’re cut in on the action; each time someone buys something recommended by a friend the recommender get 5% of the sale in cash or credit.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy endorsed a new law creating an agency to track down hardcore online file sharers among internet service providers. Under the legislation ISPs will send warnings to customers found to be downloading illegal files. Those who fail to heed the warnings can have their accounts frozen or closed permanently.
T-Mobile, which signed an exclusive deal with Apple in its native Germany, is planning to offer German customers a chance to buy the iPhone without a contract for 999 euros ($1,480). Competitor Vodaphone forced the action when it won a court case ruling against an exclusive carrier/device maker relationship. T-Mobile will also allow those who have already purchased an iPhone to unlock it free of charge, although not all music and web-browsing features will be enabled.
Top executives at News Corp., Disney, Viacom and NBC Universal jointly submitted a letter to the FCC last week opposing new cable industry regulation plans, writing there was “no conceivable justification” for government intervention in the industry. Meanwhile a majority of Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee joined a group of religious broadcasters in showing disapproval of expected changes that would force cable operators to offer programming on an a la carte basis.
The format duel between HD DVD and Blu-ray heated up over the weekend as retailers slashed prices for the next generation players. HD DVD players, supporting the Toshiba-led HD DVD format, are now selling for under $200 while Blu-ray players employing the Sony-devised format are down to $299 including an additional $100 gift certificate.
The EU’s Data Protection body plans to focus on user privacy as it relates to targeted online advertising next year, an issue Facebook’s Beacon system has helped push to the forefront.
Online retail spending grew by 22% on Black Friday to $531 million in the U.S., according to ComScore, with sales of video games, consoles and accessories driving the increase. Sales of Nintendo’s hot Wii platform, Sony’s newly priced PlayStation 3 and the hotly anticipated Halo 3 game helped increased sales in the category by 134% over last year. Online spending today, dubbed “Cyber Monday,” is expected to surpass $700 million.
Top Visited US Broadcast Network TV Show Websites (Week ending November 17, 2007)
Rank Network Website Market Share of Visits
1 ABC Dancing With The Stars 19.50%
2 NBC Deal or No Deal 10.95%
3 NBC Heroes 6.90%
4 ABC The Bachelor 3.54%
5 FOX America’s Most Wanted 3.27%
6 NBC The Office 2.98%
7 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.30%
8 NBC The Biggest Loser 2.04%
9 FOX American Idol 1.91%
10 ABC Lost 1.91%
Source: Custom report from Hitwise
Deadlinehollywooddaily.com and speechlesswithoutwriters.com are streaming those short PSAs in support of striking writers we heard about last week. The brainchild of director/writer George Hickenlooper and writer Alan Sereboff, the black and white spots will enlist an impressive array of acting and directing talent including Sean Penn, Laura Linney, Woody Allen and John Waters. George himself kicks the series off with a clip in which Holly Hunter’s complaint about the blindness-themed script she is working with falls on deaf ears.
Later — Wayne
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