Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

 

Cynopsis: DIGITAL

 

01/12/10

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, January 12, 2010, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
 
In a last-minute ruling, The Supreme Court blocked YouTube from streaming the controversial Prop. 8 trial which began yesterday in California, acting on an appeal from conservative defenders of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, per the LA Times. The trial will be still be videotaped but transmission of “real-time streaming” of the proceedings will only be permitted to other rooms within the confines of the San Francisco courthouse. The temporary ban will remain in effect through Wed., Jan. 13.


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~ MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT NEWS ~

 
Rovi Corp. (formerly Macrovision Solutions) has added some new content to its TotalGuide broadband TV interface, following integrations with Blockbuster, CinemaNow and CBS. New partners include Showtime, ZillionTV and Real Network’s Rhapsody music service.
 
TV Guide.com will stream the stars live from the Red Carpet as they arrive at the Golden Globes this Sunday utilizing its interactive “Fashion Cam.” TV Guide Network will also debut the “Hologram Glam Cam,” developed with Sportvision (creator of the superimposed digital first down line during football games.) The app generates a virtual three-dimensional image of the star, revealing what they wore previously on the Red Carpet.
 

~ INNOVATORS & START-UPS ~

 
Following the unveiling of D-Link’s Boxee over-the-top set-top box, the beta version of Boxee‘s open source media center software was officially released last week for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu. The new interface, which includes cool features such as a bookmarking option that allows you to bookmark videos you stumble upon for later viewing, has also added access to some of the more compelling online content portals, including CBS’ TV.com, News Corp’s IGN gaming site and online video publisher blip.tv. Also, Congrats to the Boxee and D-Link folks for winning’s CES’ Last Gadget Standing competition.
 
Current Media co-founder Marc Goldman has launched a new yoga and wellness-themed HD network named BE, looking for carriage on broadcast, cable and internet platforms. Talent signed for the network include John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga; Maya Fiennes, musician, yogi and European TV personality; and Dr. Timothy Brantley, author of The Cure.
 

~ DIGITAL ADVERTISING ~

 
Social media agency Powered announced that it is acquiring three complementary rivals Crayon, Drillteam and StepChange in a move to build the first full-service social media agency. Utilizing tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogger outreach, events, communities and mobile applications, the new Powered will maintain offices in Austin, New York, Portland and SF and integrate areas of each companies’ expertise. Crayon specializes in strategic social marketing. Drillteam is an engagement marketing agency focusing on “earned media.” StepChange specializes in Facebook development/applications, social site development, mobile apps and widget ads.
 
Semantic web platform OpenAmplify launched PinPoint , a new service that delivers semantic metadata into keyword targeting for the first time. PinPoint can be implemented by ad networks, ad exchanges and online publishers to semantically identify relevant keywords to use for ad targeting on a web page, based on sentiments, intentions and advice expressed on that page.
 
Digital agency Heavenspot worked with 20th Century Fox Theatrical to create a new interactive site for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new family-friendly flick, The Tooth Fairy. The site features a selection of “Amazing Magic Tools” – overlays that can be ported over to any third party site to digitally deface it with toothpaste, invisible spray, etc.
 

~ TECHNOLOGY DEALS, MERGERS AND SKIRMISHES ~

 
A three-judge panel on Friday questioned whether or not the FCC has the legal authority to impose Net Neutrality rules on Comcast or other internet providers without a specific mandate from Congress, per All Things D.
 
One holy grail for consumers is the ability to control content across all three screens and an increasing number of technology players are emerging to help cable, satellite and telco operators manage this feat. Motorola demoed an IP-based content delivery system at CES enabling operators to dynamically make content available on demand in the cloud, tying multiplatform ad opportunities to linear broadcasts. Motorola plans to build a soup-to-nuts solution including ingestion, transcoding, billing, and network management.
 
European mobile content firms Mobile Streams and Mobilvention have inked a distribution deal to expand the reach of the former’s products. Mobile Streams will provide a range of content wallpapers, videos, games and applications for distribution by Mobilvention to their partners throughout Europe, including Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland and Italy as well as Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
 
VOD vendor SeaChange International has agreed to pay $12 million in cash to acquire VividLogic, provider of software and services to cable television service providers, set-top box manufacturers and consumer electronics suppliers.
 

~ TRENDS, RESEARCH, ETC.  ~

 
Much like the average cable bill, the cost of a 30-second spot has quadrupled in the last 20 years, according to new research from TNS Media Intelligence. Cost increases have helped the big game generate $2.17 billion in network sales since 1989 from a total of 210 different advertisers and more than 1,400 commercial messages. In recent years, the void left by the exit of long-time sponsors such as Pepsi, GM and Fed Ex has been filled by new advertisers, accounting for 20-25% of the ad roster since 2005. However rates this year are tracking down, according to TNS, with CBS selling :30 units for between $2.5-$2.8 million.
 
Major Sporting ChampionshipsNetwork TV Ad Revenue ($ Millions)
Year   Super Bowl  World Series  (# games) NCAA B’ball Final Four (# games)
2005      $158.4         $146.9  (4)                    $142.2  (3)
2006      $162.5         $160.8  (5)                    $154.7  (3)
2007      $151.5         $156.6  (4)                    $168.4  (3)
2008      $182.3         $176.2  (5)                    $177.9  (3)
2009      $213.0         $223.6  (6)                    $163.2  (3)
Source: TNS Media Intelligence
 
Technology can sometimes pose a problem for lazy screenwriters who need to isolate their characters from civilization before throwing them to the wolves. Lack of a cell phone signal always works, but it’s getting a little old. Check out this YouTube compilation as proof that the well has run dry! (Courtesy of NYmag.com’s Vulture blog.)
 

~ GADGETS & APPS ~

 
Online video aggregator Break Media launched its own iPhone app on New Year’s Eve, reporting “tens of thousands” of downloads during the first few days. The guy-focused video app allows you to browse, view, rate and comment on funny videos by channel or popularity.
 
WE tv
launched an online “Picture Perfect Pet” contest yesterday encouraging users to upload their favorite photo of their pet and encouraging site visitors to vote on a scale from 1-10 with 1 being “cute” and 10 being “picture perfect.” (The grand prize winner will receive $2,500.) WE tv has also developed a free iPhone app to coincide with the contest. As with WE tv’s “Cutest Kids Costume” app, users can use it to view, upload and vote on their favorite photos.
 
Inspired by that popular mash-up of cheesy David Caruso one-liners, CBS.com is asking fans to upload their own impersonation of CSI: Miami’s lead detective for a chance to win $5,000. The top 10 videos, selected by a combination of user votes and CBS.com judges, will be announced on March 1 and the winner will be chosen on March 22.
 

~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

 
Former CEO of WPP Group’s Mindshare and President of Publicis Groupe/Starcom MediaVest’s StarLink, Scott Neslund, has been named CEO of San Francisco-based digital ad agency Red Bricks Media. Scott will split time between the company’s S.F and New York offices. He replaces Red Bricks Media co-founder Elliott Easterling, who has transitioned to Chairman of the Board.
 
Casual game and advergame developer Arkadium has hired Dan Hart as Chief Revenue Officer, in charge of building upon new monetization strategies introduced by the company in 2009. Dan, who most recently served as SVP and GM of MTV Digital ,will also be responsible for spearheading Arkadium’s social gaming strategy.
 
Independent ad agency TargetCast tcm has acquired Triumph360, led by Steve Minichini, who becomes President of Interactive Marketing for TargetCast. John Canevari will reprise his role as SVP, Executive Creative Director. The company also announced that CEO Steve Farella will add the titles of Co-Founder and Chairman while Audrey Siegel (former EVP, Director of Client Services), will become President & Director of Client Services.
 
Alex Mann, founder of social media analytics platform AM Analytics, has been hired by Wiredset’s Trendrr as the company’s Director. He will be based in Trendrr’s New York office.
 
Publishers Clearing House tapped Josh Glantz as VP and GM of the company’s online division – PCH Online. Josh will be responsible for all online ad sales, content, partnerships and business development programs. He comes to PCH from ideeli, a members-only online shopping community where he served as GM of Advertising and Integrated Sponsorships.
 
Allbritton Communications announced today the appointment of former Washington Post sales manager Whitney Patton as General Sales Manager for the company’s metro website currently in development. The site will result from a merger of WJLA.com and News8.net, with contributions from Allbritton’s Politico.com.
 


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Here’s your chance to pepper some key Obama officials with questions and comments regarding what you’d like to see accomplished. The White House announced it will host a series of online video chats on Whitehouse.gov this week to help take stock of the Obama Administration’s first year in office. The addresses, which began yesterday with a chat with Energy and Climate czar Carol Browner about the President’s clean energy push, are interactive through the White House’s Facebook destination. The tech space will be covered on Thursday (TBA) with an address from the nation’s first Federal Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, joined by Norm Eisen, special counsel to the President for ethics and government reform.
 


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