Good morning, it’s Wednesday, January 23, 2008, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
Comcast announced it has finally launched a Tivo-branded HD DVR service for customers in the Greater Boston area. Customers who subscribe to the $2.95 add on (on top of the standard $12.95/month charge) can enjoy Tivo functionality including WishList, Tivo suggestions and Season Pass features. One of the killer apps here may be the ability to search for Comcast On Demand programming through the Tivo interface. The On Demand “UI” has been widely criticized as being counter-intuitive and difficult to navigate.
The National Geographic-produced 3D concert movie U23D opens in select cites today, after premiering to a rabid audience Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival. (Tickets were being scalped for over $1,000.) The film, best seen in Imax 3D for full effect, utilizes motion controlled digital cameras from 3ality that make audience members and the band appear side-by-side, with amazingly true depth perception.
Red Bull is sponsoring a new scripted web series for IFC.com to be developed by its user generated Media Lab. The selected pilot will go into production as a complete online series for IFC.com in 2008 and will be complemented by an on-air and online series of “making of” interstitials, in which IFC will document the web series development process.
Discovery’s The Science Channel produced a special documenting the history of the internet. Download: The True Story of the Internet covers the early browser wars, the competition in search, the debut of Amazon and eBay and the social networking craze in four episodes, beginning March 3 at 9 pm ET/PT.
Mobile video services provider Transpera announced a partnership with male-focused video entertainment site Break.com to optimize its video content for distribution on major mobile carriers including AT&T, Sprint/Nextel and T-Mobile. The Break.com mobile web service will offer customization features and integrate Transpera’s targeted advertising platform to create an additional revenue channel for Break.com. Consumers can access the service on the browser of their mobile phones at http://m.break.com or via Break.com.
Mobile and online production house Attention Span Media debuts a new 20-episode online mockumentary entitled Dorm Life on Feb. 4, created, written and directed by seven current and former college students. Footage will be spliced together from webcams set up in various locations on the 5th floor of an actual college dorm.
Sports-themed social networking site eFans.com concluded its beta trial and launched an expanded version of its site adding live scores, news, stats and an integration feature with YouTube. eFans was created by Stephan Maric for Cutting Edge Intelligence.
Apple reported revenues of $9.6 billion for Q1 ending Dec. 29, up 35% from a year ago, thanks to strong Mac/iPod/iPhone sales. Net income rose to $1.58 billion, an increase of 57% from the same period last year, as Apple sold 22.1 million iPods and 2.3 million iPhones during the quarter. However, Apple shares actually fell in after hours trading due to pessimistic guidance on future earnings.
Verizon Wireless, under pressure to come up with an answer to the iPhone, is inviting application developers to a two-day conference in New York on March 19 & 20 to discuss ideas for its Open Development Initiative announced last November.
Prime Visibility Media Group acquired two online ad companies. AdOn Network provides contextual and behavioral advertising solutions for advertisers and publishers. Prime Visibility is a search engine marketing company specializing in Search Engine Optimization and Pay-Per-Click advertising.
Google revealed it has been collaborating with France-based Publicis Groupe for more than a year to grow the digital advertising market, reports Reuters. Declining to elaborate on the details, the companies’ top executives said Google will provide technological know how while Publicis will add analytical and media planning expertise.
NBC selected video advertising network YuMe to power ads delivered on the NBC Direct digital download service, scheduled to launch later this quarter. YuMe will dynamically serve up ads into shows for playback on PCs, portable players or mobile devices that can be swapped out each time a show is played back.
Internet ad agency Spot Runner acquired GlobeShooter, a network of more than 1,200 U.S.-based indie filmmakers, videographers and production outfits. The network will be renamed the Spot Runner Production Network, offering the agency’s clients access to talent to create relevant local TV and online video ads. Simon Foster, founder of GlobeShooter, has joined the company as director of the newly renamed network.
Online career network for college students and recent grads aftercollege.com joined with Adico.com to allow the software provider’s newspaper clients to upsell job listings by using the AfterCollege database of more than 1,500 academic departments and student groups.
Wi-Fi hotspot network Boingo Wireless selected JiWire to sell serve advertising at 28 of its major U.S. and UK airports.
Ebay CEO Meg Whitman is preparing to retire after a decade of leading the online auctioneer, according to The Wall Street Journal. John Donahoe, President of eBay’s auction business unit, has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed her.
Former Ericsson executive Tim Connolly joined Disney and ESPN Media Networks as VP/Mobile Distribution, a newly-created position. He will work on strategic relationships on behalf of ABC Mobile, ABC News, Disney Channel and ESPN, with a primary focus on growing the distribution of linear mobile video, mobile VOD and mobile web services. Tim reports to Matt Murphy, SVP/Digital Video Distribution, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.
Interactive advertising veteran Paran Johar was hired by mobile search and advertising provider JumpTap as Chief Marketing Officer. Paran will be opening JumpTap’s New York City office, reporting to Dan Olschwang, President and CEO.
Angela Britt came aboard CTAM as VP/Advanced Products, where she will be in charge of the organization’s On Demand Consortium. Howard Marcantel is another recent addition, serving as VP/Educational Events.
Canada-based television advertising services provider etc.tv Inc. hired Denny Wilkinson as CEO. He will lead the company’s North American operations from its New York offices.
Amazon.com launched a new Indie & Art House video download store to help customers discover new voices in independent film. The store breaks down movies by genre, director, theme and production company and offers titles as DVDs or Unbox digital downloads. It also adds suggestions from indie “curators” such as Jon Favreau who recommends the Coens’ Miller’s Crossing (an excellent choice, Jon). Social networking functions on the site are a work in progress. But the site could be a great way to build on Amazon’s CreateSpace DVD on Demand service, which sets up a direct pipeline between indie producers and viewers by taking orders, burning and shipping out DVDs to customers as they are ordered from the site.
Later — Wayne
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