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In a blog post on Sunday night, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings apologized for lacking “respect and humility in the way [Netflix] announced the separation of DVD and streaming and the price changes,” and then revealed that the company will be separating its streaming and DVD-by-mail services into two separate entities. The company’s streaming-only offering will still retain the Netflix moniker, but the DVD-by-mail option will now be offered under the new Qwikster brand – complete with its own website that is slated to be up and running within the next few weeks. Moreover, Qwikster will also offer a video grade upgrade option, similar to the Blu-Ray upgrade option the company offers right now. There will be no further price changes (unless, of course, you make some upgrades); however, if you choose to subscribe to both services, you will receive two different statements towards each service.
As Microsoft prepares for the launch of Xbox TV this coming holiday season, it is also looking into possible distribution partnerships with cable distributors such as Comcast and Verizon Fios. According to DigiDay, Microsoft might not want to compete directly with cable, but instead present Xbox TV as a new distribution device for cable TV. Through this avenue, instead of installing set-top boxes, consumers would simply subscribe to Comcast or Verizon by purchasing the respective cable packages through their Xbox consoles.
The myriad of factors that seem to be slowing down the bidding process for Hulu include complicated digital rights, a significant disparity between the bids and the asking price, Yahoo!’s struggles forcing it out of competition and even the lack of a full commitment to sell by its current group of owners. According to Reuters, a new round of bids is due next week and price may play an integral role in whether or not the auction process moves forward.
The news doesn’t get any brighter for Netflix here as numerous reports indicate that on September 23, Dish Network will announce plans for a Blockbuster streaming service to go head-to-head with Netflix. The satellite TV provider had purchased the video rental company this past April for $320 million. The service will be available to Dish subscribers as part of their monthly plan, while a separate offering for non-subscribers will be rolled out in the future.
Contestants who are eliminated from the ninth season of Bravo Network‘s Top Chef will get a chance at redemption through Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen. The web-only series will serve as a companion piece to the popular TV show and will document an alternate round of cook-offs featuring the TV show’s cast-offs.
A new content agreement between NASCAR and ESPN will now allow racing fans to watch live streams of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on the sports network’s “WatchESPN” mobile and web apps. Nine out of the ten total races in the Chase will be available for streaming on mobile devices.
The Association of National Advertisers, Internet Advertising Bureau and American Association of Advertising Agencies are banding together with 40 marketers, agencies and publishers to launch a new project called “Making Measurement Make Sense (3MS).” Essentially, it is an effort to develop new standards for how digital advertising is measured, bought and sold. Viewing that the current online measurement landscape is flawed, the project aims to redefine how online ad impressions are quantified, develop a third-party online audience-measurement system that can be used as currency in media deals, define a common set of display ad formats and possibly even create an independent body that polices issues relating to digital media measurement.
Trendrr has launched an enterprise version of Trendrr.TV that provides real-time social media measurement services for TV networks and advertisers. The platform offers many social media analytical tools including the ability for users to gauge the anticipation around upcoming pilots and the level of engagement and voice share on social networks. It is currently being used by more than half of the top 25 cable networks, along with numerous broadcast networks and research, marketing and advertising teams.
An active and significant social media presence has become a major selling point for which celebrities advertising and PR agencies want to hire for brand campaigns. “Advertising agencies are asking more and more, ‘How many Facebook fans do you have? What’s your Klout score?” said George Ruiz, head for digital media at International Creative Management. With that in mind, the PR firm PMK-BNC has developed the FanDNA measurement tool that rates, matches and measures a celebrity’s appeal and impact to different groups. [Via AdAge]
“Scvngr” is a location-based game in which players can check-in and complete other challenges to earn points and unlock rewards. Kmart has been using the app to attract in-store customer traffic through promotions, giveaways and discounts for players who compete in different challenges in the store.
Google has purchased German-based daily deal site called DailyDeal. According to the site post announcing the deal, the DailyDeal team will join their new colleagues at Google Offers to bolster the search giant’s daily deals offering.
Evviva Brands, the firm behind Marriott International’s “Find Your World” brand campaign and “ My Marriott Hotel” Facebook game, will sell 20% of the company to The Liquid Agency, an international branding agency. While the two agencies will begin their collaboration immediately, Evviva will continue to operate independently with its existing management team. Evviva’s previous brand campaigns also include work for Microsoft and Coca-Cola, while Liquid’s client base includes Sony, Microsoft, HP, Adobe, Intel and Meebo.
While the TV still sits comfortably at the top as the preferred viewing device for watching videos, a PwC study, as reported by MediaPost, finds that consumers are more welcoming of alternative devices for watching videos, specifically tablets. However, the consumers’ good will towards alternative video devices does not extend to smartphones, largely due to smaller screens and generally slower network connection rates. In fact, the study made a point to note that people considered tablets to be “a wholly different mobile viewing experience,” and the opinion was corroborated as data indicated that only 23% showed interest in watching movies or TV shows on their smartphones.
“ Jollyspot” is a new free app available in the App Store that describes itself as “a social Yelp.” It foregoes the use of pre-inserted advertisements by instead putting a focus on information that is populated by your friends, following the theory that word-of-mouth recommendations from the people you trust is more valuable than other forms of promotions.
Vitrue has hired Phillip Evans as its Regional Vice President, EMEA. Based out of London, Evans will lend a helping hand in expanding the social marketing SaaS solutions company’s international business, including new business growth, sales and channel development. Reporting to Richard Beattie, Vitrue’s VP, EMEA, Evans will also help build the company’s international team, starting with Vitrue’s new London offices.
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