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AOL continued its buying spree of digital brands, this one designed to upgrade its aging audience to a younger, more affluent crowd. The company agreed to acquire liberal-leaning news site Huffington Post for $315 million in cash and stock ($300 in cash, actually, depleting some 37.5% of its $800 million cash reserve.) Adding the popular site to the AOL mix “will create a next-generation American media company with global reach that combines content, community, and social experiences for consumers,” wrote AOL Chief Tim Armstrong in a memo to AOL staffers announcing the deal. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this quarter or early next. Founder Arianna Huffington, who will relocate from LA to New York, will serve as President and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group within AOL, overseeing all AOL content including recent acquisitions TechCrunch.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is partnering with IPTV technology provider NeuLion to launch a new online service that brings a new level of interactivity to the PPV fight arena. The new UFC TV interface, which will be on display for the Feb. 26 bout between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch in Sydney, Australia, features the ability to toggle between 6 camera angles and audio feeds with picture-in-picture capabilities and DVR functionality. Live chat and UFC-tagged Twitter feeds can also be monitored on the right hand side of the viewing module.
Sony launched its Qriocity streaming video service in Canada this week, offering HD films online from NBCU, Paramount, Disney, Fox, Warner Bros. and Sony for $4.99-$5.99. The service has also launched in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan.
Sony Pictures is also offering access to actual content within its Oscar banner ads for The Social Network, providing direct links to Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay, tracks from the original Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross score and even a 4-part documentary on the film’s making hosted by IMDB.com
Online video creation service Animoto launched a redesign enabling users to see their HD-quality video creations processed 10 times faster than in the past, according to the start-up. The Animoto interface has also been simplified to make it more intuitive to select photos and video styles and add music to video slideshows. The site maintains 3 levels of service: a free option limited to 30-second videos, a $30/year service allowing videos of any length and a $39/month pro service geared toward photographers, realtors and other professionals.
Following its purchase of streaming ad server ScanScout, online video ad network Tremor Media has acquired video advertising solution provider Transpera for an undisclosed amount, reports TechCrunch. Transpera customers include MTV, CBS News, MSNBC.com and Discovery.
Continuing its goal to become a dominant player in the IPTV space, Cisco Systems acquired Raleigh, N.C.-based Inlet Technologies for $95 million in cash. Inlet, which had raised a total of $20.5 million in three rounds of funding, provides hardware and software that enables video streaming applications to eat up less bandwidth as they are delivered over IP networks.
Google executive and Egyptian political activist Wael Ghonim was scheduled to be released from prison on Monday more the week after disappearing, reports the WSJ. Mr. Ghonim is Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa and was part of a small group of digitally savvy activists who put social networking and other tools to work in the movement to foment political change in Egypt.
U.S. consumers spent more buying/renting movies online last year ($385 million – up 38% y/y) then they did renting and purchasing online TV shows, for the first time, according to research from IHS Screen Digest. Apple’s iTunes continues to dominate the business (although it has seen its market share shrink somewhat,) accounting for 64.5% of all digital movie spending in 2010, down from 74.4% in 2009. Apple is now facing competition not only from Microsoft’s Zune and Sony’s PS3 store, but also from newer players (represented by IHS in an “others” category) such as Amazon and Wal-Mart. The latter, which acquired online movie streaming service Vudu last year, could quickly become a major player in the sell-through space as it builds out that part of its business – Wal-Mart registered more than $3.5 billion in physical sales of movies on Blu-ray and DVD last year, notes IHS Screen Digest.
U.S. Movie Elec. Sell Through and Internet Video On Demand Movie Mkt. Share Ranking
2009 and 2010
Rank Company 2009 2010
1 Apple 74.4% 64.5%
2 Microsoft 11.6% 17.9%
3 Sony 5.7% 7.2%
4 Others 8.3% 10.4%
Source: HIS Screen Digest
Google’s Android smartphone platform overtook Apple’s iPhone during Q4 last year, according to the latest data from ComScore‘s MobiLens service. But the smartphone trend helped both players increase their share of the growing market, which saw its user base increase 60% over a year ago. Android was second only to RIM’s BlackBerry platform in terms of market share, jumping to a 28.7% share of the 63.2 million smartphone users now in the U.S., up from 21.4% at the end of Sept. Usage of downloaded apps and social networking sites increased by 1.3 and 1.5 percentage points, respectively, over the last quarter, utilized by over 1/3 of all mobile subscribers.
Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Dec. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Sep. 2010
Share (%) of Smartphone
Sep-10 Dec-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subs 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 37.3% 31.6% -5.7%
Google 21.4% 28.7% 7.3
Apple 24.3% 25.0% 0.7
Microsoft 9.9% 8.4% -1.5
Palm 4.2% 3.7% -0.5
Source: comScore MobiLens
Cablevision Systems Corp. has promoted John Trierweiler to EVP/Product Management. John will continue to oversee all of Cablevision’s advanced television, high-speed internet and voice products, reporting to Cablevision’s President of Cable & Communications, John Bickham.
Former STRIVE International CEO Eric Treworgy will join business software provider Marketron as VP/Sales.
Los Angeles-based multiplatform entertainment company Shout! Factory hired Keff Ratcliffe as the Director of E-Commerce. He will report to Melissa Boag, VP/Marketing
CBS Interactive-owned Last.fm announced in a blog post that the ad supported Last.fm app for iPhone, iPad and Android is going to start charging $3/month to access its licensed music. (Interestingly, the app will remain free on the web and via the Xbox Live the Windows Phone 7 platforms, perhaps because of a subsidy arrangement with Microsoft.) The company had already been charging a subscription fee in foreign countries outside of the U.S., UK and Germany and now they’re asking an extra mobile/home music player fee from these foreign users. The post claims that the fees put it in line with “other music services” that already charge for mobile services, but dozens of angry posts from loyal users beg to differ (you can read them by scrolling beneath the post.) Pandora remains free in the U.S. and the popular UK-based Spotify service charges £9.99/$9.99 per month, but allows listeners to request specific tracks to play on demand (an option not available on Last.fm.) Consider this conflict between Last.fm and its loyal user base a microcosm of what will play out across the digital landscape as services which launched for free to try and establish an audience transition to a pay-for-play model.
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