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Cynopsis: DIGITAL

11/26/08

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, November 26, 2008, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
 
In an almost-courtship reminiscent of Yahoo’s play for Facebook itself, microblogging service Twitter said thanks but no thanks to an acquisition offer from Facebook for a cool $500 million in stock, reports WSJ’s Boomtown. Meanwhile Kara says Yahoo and AOL are still haggling over price: Yahoo want to pay $3-$4 billion for the portal and Time Warner wants to get more like $5-$6 billion. It would seem as though things have to get even worse before the dealmakers get desperate.
 

~ MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT NEWS ~

 
Sony’s Crackle video portal announced several show renewals for next season as well as a pair of new series. Simpsons and Samantha Who? Writer Bob Kushell hosts an interview show premiering Dec. 18, sitting down with stars such as Patrick Harris and Christina Applegate. David “Bud Bundy” Faustino is the lead in Starv-ing premiering Dec. 1 about a struggling actor who inherits an adult video store. His TV dad Ed O’Neil is scheduled to guest star, among others.
 
Universal Music Group entered into an agreement to provide music videos from bands such as The Killers and Ludacris to social communication company’s Meebo‘s MediaBar ad platform.  Meebo users will be able to view videos from the artists to promote their new albums. To augment the promotions, UMG will embed Meebo Rooms on official artist pages to enable real-time social interactions among fans.
 

~ INNOVATORS & START-UPS ~

 
YouTube hopes to widen its horizons by expanding the width of its video player to 960 pixels to accommodate the growing popularity of the widescreen video aspect ratio. Video uploaded in the standard 4:3 ratio will appear with black borders.
 
Mad Men it ‘aint, but it is full of hilarious Madison Avenue flavor. MyDamn Channel launched its newest series Agency of Record from You Suck at Photoshop’s Matt Bledsoe and Troy Hitch. Matt and Troy play Dave and Rick, associate creative directors of WTF Worldwide. (Their boss is Bernie Olglethorpe, wink wink.) Adobe is the sponsor of record via product placement.
 
White-label social networking app maker KickApps raised $14 million in series C funding led by North Atlantic Capital, with participation from existing investors Softbank, Spark Capital, Prism Ventures and Jarl Mohn, former CEO of Liberty Digital, Inc.
 
Personal TV system creator Sezmi has secured $33 million of additional financing including new investments from Advanced Equities, Inc. and others. The company, which recently completed technical trials in the Seattle market with Fisher Communications, Tribune and Daystar, also laid off about 20 employees to reduce its burn rate.
 

~ DIGITAL ADVERTISING ~

 
This is probably not what you wanted to read before the holiday but eMarketer has revised its online advertising outlook downward again for 2009 to $25.7 billion from its most recent estimate of $28.4 billion. Search is expected to account for nearly half of that total. Six months ago eMarketer’s projection was $30 billion.
 

~ TECHNOLOGY DEALS, MERGERS AND SKIRMISHES ~

 
The NBA and iTV enabler Jacked have entered into a partnership to produce interactive pregame, in-game and post -game sportscasts on team, regional sports networks and local telecaster sites. Jacked will provide its SportsTop widgets directly to NBA teams to offer through team sites, regional sports networks and local telecasters sites. Jacked will geo-manage and serve national, regional and local contextual ads from the platform. Content includes NBA video, photos, statistics, news, ticketing, merchandise, games, as well as live interactive blogs and chat.
 

~ TRENDS, RESEARCH, ETC.  ~

 
The consumer electronics and entertainment media businesses may suffer a setback in sales this Christmas as 6 out of 10 consumers say they will cut back spending on both categories, according to a new survey from management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. The reasons for not buying vary depending on the item. Consumers prefer to delay purchasing many gadgets that have upgrades planned rather than buy cheaper versions now. Subscriptions including broadband Internet access, mobile phone plans, pay-TV and content subscriptions such as Netflix are the most insulated from the economic downturn. 63% of respondents expect their spending to be about the same next year as it was this past year, and 9% plan to spend even more.
 

~ GADGETS & APPS ~

 
How much room is there in the marketplace (or on your TV stand) for another broadband-connected set top? Blockbuster intends to find out. The brick-and-mortar video rental outlet has introduced the MediaPoint digital media player from manufacturer 2wire. It ships with the capability of streaming 2,000 of the 10,000 or so titles in Blockbuster’s online library acquired when the company bought Movielink in 2007. Movies are available from blockbuster.com on an a la carte rather than subscription basis for $1.99 and up. To get the player out there Blockbuster is running a promotion, offering 25 free rentals when you buy the box for $99 (the price point of Roku’s Netflix box.)
 
ffwd (pronounced “fast forward”) released an application allowing microbloggers to post videos found on any website directly to Twitter using a bookmarklet. Posted videos are also now available as passive recommendations in a Twitter-like stream on the user’s ffwd channel page. Once a user adds their Twitter account to their ffwd profile, they can then post to Twitter – essentially creating a virtual television channel based on videos they’ve shared, saved, and tweeted, as well as any ffwd channels they’ve subscribed to.
 

~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

 
Glam Media announced the launch of Glam Media Japan KK with leading magazine partners and more than 20 local web publishers, blogs and sites including CanCan, Nikkei Woman and Cafeglobe. Glam Japan is headed by Yukihiro Yamamura, who joined the company as CEO. The former CEO of Excite Japan and DoubleClick Japan will also serve as a VP of Glam Media Inc.
 
Ken Berger has joined CBSSports.com as a Senior Writer covering the NBA. Ken comes over from Newsday, where he covered the New York sports scene since 2000 and served as its NBA columnist for the past two years.
 


~ WEBSITE OF THE DAY ~

 
Despite dire predictions – e-commerce sales are expected to be flat over the holiday vs. a year ago predicts comScore – Black Friday is upon as and that means deep discounting all over the web. There are scores of handy sites you can use to track in-store bargains such as blackfriday.info, which posts intel about what the retailers are planning as soon as the information becomes available. This year rather than wait for “Cyber Monday,” many online retailers are getting a jumpstart with doorbusters starting as early as tomorrow. Bestbuy.com has a 720p 50″ Panasonic 50″ Plasma for $900. Apple.com has a big promotion planned on Friday. Amazon.com is building anticipation by throwing out a few deals each day leading up to their Friday sale. Don’t bother trying to get your hands on a Kindle for the holidays – version 1.0 is officially sold out. (A case of champagne is order for Oprah.) But the Seattle-based e-retailer will begin selling gift certificates tomorrow for the highly anticipated Kindle 2.0, due out first quarter of 2009.
 
We’re off until Monday — enjoy the holiday and the long weekend!

Later — Wayne
 Wayne Karrfalt for Cynopsis: Digital
11.26.08

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JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT MANAGER/SI KIDS/SF: #1 kid’s youth sports brand seeks a talented, aggressive multi-p/form AM to grow ad rev in the Northwest. Prior print or digital exp a must. Send resume to: [email protected] (12/5)

JOB OPENING: AE, ONLINE AD SALES/Comcast/LA: Rep. Comcast Nets (E! Online, MyStyle, Versus & G4tv) to external custmrs & develop/maintain new & existing business for ntwrks. Apply: www.ecentralmetrics.com/url/?u=862081768-330 . EOE (12/5)

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