Good morning, it’s Tuesday, September 21, 2010, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. If you would like to read this or any other Cynopsis edition online, click here.
This may be a bit disturbing for Pay TV providers: more than one third of Netflix subscribers aged 25 to 34 substitute the streaming/DVD rental service for a cable or satellite package and nearly 30% of 18-24 year olds use Netflix’s Watch Instantly service instead of subscribing to Pay TV, according to a new Credit Suisse survey cited on CNBC’s Fast Money. Overall, some 17% of Netflix’s customers say they’re substituting it for cable. Meanwhile, streaming media services are beginning to look to oversees to expand their empires: Amazon is in talks to acquire the portion of Lovefilm, Europe’s version of Netflix, it doesn’t already own for over $300 million, per London’s Sunday Times, while Netflix is expected to launch its Canadian streaming-only service on Wednesday.
Apple is pushing hard to convince newspaper and magazine publishers to begin offering exclusive subscriptions for the iPad rather than simply release editions of an app that users have to purchase each month, per the WSJ. The company is apparently asking for it standard 30% of the subscription revenue, which early supporters such as the Journal and The Financial Times have been able to avoid by signing up subscribers directly. A subscription offering for the iPad could launch as soon as the next couple of months.
VH1‘s announced a new interactive dance competition show that asks wannabe contestants to strut their stuff in front of their webcams. “Dance Cam Slam,” premiering Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 10 pm, asks viewers to choose the winner during the final round via the web or texting to determine which rug cutter wins the weekly $5,000 in prize money.
Digital complements to this season’s Dancing With the Stars on ABC.com include backstage video content and a live chat module enabling fans to interact with one another during the telecast. “Backstage” videos will be available on ABC.com, Hulu, YouTube and ABC Mobile.
The digital division of Univision announced the launch of 72 new mobile TV and Radio sites in the 20 top Hispanic markets nationwide. Local website enhancements include more video and photo offerings with improved functionality, social media integration and easier navigation.
Broadband-delivered pay TV service Sezmi has raised an additional $17.3 million in funding, according to an SEC filing, bringing the total it has raised to $92 million.
NATPE continues to embrace live online streaming of its events. Upcoming events to be streamed on the NATPE site include a panel on Multiplatform storytelling on Friday (Digital Day) at the NYTV Fest in New York and panel on Oct. 28 about co-production opportunities in Latin America.
The plethora of competing ad formats and solutions vying to stake a claim in the web-enabled TV space is likely to slow adoption as advertisers take a wait-and-see approach, reports the WSJ. Consequently, competitors seem prepared to be patient; Google says it will wait at least a year to place ads next to its search product on the upcoming Google TV platform. Sony is embedding viewable video search within its TVs, Blu-ray players and PS3 consoles and also hopes to sell ads next to search results.
CBS is partnering with Yahoo to promote its fall line-up with an ambitious takeover of Yahoo’s home page, email service, mobile home page and Yahoo Messenger application. CBS will also become the first advertiser to utilize Yahoo!’s new rich media Magazine ad format via a buy on Yahoo’s women’s lifestyle channel, Yahoo Shine. The campaign will run throughout much of the week.
Break Media‘s Creative Lab, Toyota, and Saatchi & Saatchi have put together a web series consisting of stand up comedians sharing their first car experiences.
Apple struck a multiyear licensing deal with TV listings giant Rovi that suggests the upcoming $99 Apple TV set top could offer DVR functionality as well as access to live TV, according to a research note from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
BMG Rights Management, a joint venture between Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Bertelsmann AG, has agreed to buy Evergreen Copyright Acquisitions LLC and its 65,000-song catalogue. The deal is the music rights holder’s 4th major acquisition this year, following its purchase of Cherry Lane and the Adage IV catalogue in the US and Stage Three Music in the UK.
New Jersey-based interactive agency Rosetta Marketing has announced it will acquire interactive agency Level Studios, making it a top 5 digital outfit in North America with over 1,000 staff and 10 offices across U.S. and Canada.
ComScore is launching a new social media monitoring service powered by Radian6 that will provide clients with real-time insights into what consumers are saying about their brands and products on the web.
Many smartphone users are sharing their device with their kids to allow them to play games or listen to music and a certain sector of parents have really embraced mobile apps for their kids, according to a new NPD Group survey of over 1,000 parents and kids. A majority of devices have fewer than 20 apps downloaded on them for children, but some 10% of users reported having more than 60. Music downloads were the most popular, followed by games and videos. Some 82% of apps downloaded for children were free of charge, but those who have purchased an app for their kids say they’d be willing to spend almost twice as much, with the amount increasing with the age of the child.
Tagging and tracking online ad campaigns continues to be an inexact science as 99 out of 100 ad executives surveyed reported problems with ad pixel/tag implementation and management that are costing websites traffic and sales, according to survey conducted by tag management vendor TagMan. The implications of tag management issues among respondents included loss of campaign performance data (65%), delays in the launch of a new campaign (63%), delays in the use of a new marketing technology (58%), loss of website traffic (31%) and loss of website sales (28%).
Cisco’s Flip Video division has introduced a new line of Ultra HD and MinoHD cameras that feature better connectivity and a higher frame rate. Each camera is capable of recording in 720p at a frame rate of 60 frames per second, double the rate of previous models. A new FlipPort connector, offered only on the higher priced Ultra HD models ($150-$200,) include a port allowing the camera to be connected to accessories such as a pocket projector ($350), charger ($50) or backup battery ($30) announced by iGo.
NCM Media Networks launched its free Movie Night Out app for the iPhone/iPod Touch, Android mobile devices, and via movienightout.com for Blackberry and other WAP devices.
The app, which includes localized showtimes, trailers and Fandango ticket purchasing, recommends a movie based on the kind of evening a user has in mind, with suggestions on what to do before and after the film.
Verizon Communications named head of its Wireless division Lowell C. McAdam as the company’s new COO. The move established Lowell as the successor to CEO Ivan Seidenberg after CFO John Killian announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Fran Shammo was named Verizon’s new CFO; Dan Mead will become CEO and President of Verizon Wireless; and John Stratton will step into the COO role at the Wireless division.
Discovery Communications tapped Gabriel Sauerhoff as VP/Digital Media Distribution, reporting to Rebecca Glashow, SVP of the division. Gabriel previously managed digital video distribution for Disney and ESPN Media Networks.
Tribune Interactive has picked Mike Glickenhaus to lead B2B sales for its products and services as EVP/Products and Solutions, effective immediately. Mike will oversee such products as the company’s online content management system Power to the Producer and content syndication offering Media on Demand.
A trio of ad executives have been promoted at Sony Pictures Television. Mark Donohue was upped to SVP/U.S. Digital Ad Sales, managing partnerships across Sony Pictures digital properties such as Crackle.com and Sony PlayStation and reporting to Amy Carney, President, U.S. Ad Sales. Paul Brennan has been upped to SVP/U.S. Ad Sales and reports to Stuart Zimmerman, EVP. Maria Dreyer has been promoted to VP/U.S, Ad Sales and also reports to Mr. Zimmerman.
New York-based video ad network AdGenesis LLC has named former McCann Worldgroup SVP Alec T. Coughlin to the newly created position of VP/Business Development.
To help celebrate its 5-year anniversary, instant messaging/social networking aggregator Meebo has redesigned its homepage, come up with a new “Together is Better” tagline, added a bunch of new updates to the embeddable Meebo chat Bar and even launched a mobile app for BlackBerry users. Updates to the Meebo Bar, which allows third party sites to add Meebo chat functionality to their sites, include one-click share buttons offering the ability to highlight text you see on any of the 8,000 sites that use Meebo and post it to any major social network. The BlackBerry app allows user to manage multiple accounts or chat with friends across multiple services including AIM, Yahoo, Google and Facebook. Meebo has built a loyal audience by offering easy-to-use sharing functionality that predated today’s social networks and has managed to stay relevant by serving as a binding element between them.
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