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FremantleMedia Enterprises, from FremantleMedia Ltd., and Hulu have announced a global first look deal. The agreement enables Fremantle to distribute Hulu original series globally across all platforms, including traditional media.
Posted Mar 12, 2012
Unless you have been on a 3 month leave of absence searching for inner peace at a temple in Tibet, you have probably been overwhelmed with information fabout Apple's latest press event. The announcement of the new iPad, new Apple TV, and a handful of software upgrades were not huge surprises. Thanks to our 24/7 tech news sleuths and a constant flow of tweets, photos, and videos, even monks halfway around the world knew we would see a new iPad with refreshed processor, stunning Retina display and a better camera. But the most interesting thing about this recent news is not either of the devices, but the ramifications that these latest post-PC gadgets bring.
Posted Mar 08, 2012
Despite heavy competition from tablets and smartphones, Sony will introduce a new hand-held game player to the U.S. market on Feb. 22. The PlayStation Vita is a stand-alone player but can also control a PlayStation console.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
Aptara, Inc. was acquired by iEnergizer Ltd. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Aptara will continue to operate as a standalone entity and retain its name. Sara Latham, chairman of the board for iEnergizer, and Anil Agarwal, its founder, will join Aptara's board of directors.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
According to IDC (International Data Corp.), the number of U.S. users accessing the internet via mobile devices will exceed those using wireline devices, such as PCs, by 2015. The research firm cites the use of smartphones and enthusiastic adoption of tablets as the force behind this trend. These statistics have long been a source of excitement for publishers looking for new revenue streams, but with the explosion of platforms comes the pressure to be all things to all people. From iPhones to Android devices, from the Kindle Fire to the iPad, from mobile-optimized sites to custom-designed apps, publishers struggle to find the right balance between fiscal responsibility and being on their readers' platforms of choice.
Posted Feb 08, 2012
There seems little doubt that the advent of tablets, the ultimate media consumption device, had a positive impact on the news business. But until the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, in collaboration with The Economist Group, released a study in October, the exact impact was mere speculation.
Posted Jan 31, 2012
The holiday season has come and just like every other year, publishing sales reports are coming in and people are declaring that sales weren't good enough. The big news was of course ebooks and e-readers. Amazon reported Kindle sales of...well, no, Amazon won't report actual numbers-let's face it, they don't have to- but they did say that consumers were buying over one million Kindles per week in December and three Kindle models dominated their top sellers' list for the better part of December.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
Occupy Wall Street protestors have been drawing the media's attention to the influence of corporations on the America political system for months. With primary season now in full-swing it seems that the web is getting in on the action. This week has seen announcements from LegiNation as well as MapLight, both of which aim to keep voters informed about what their elected representatives are up to and who is influencing them.
Posted Jan 12, 2012
Safari Books Online -- a joint venture from O'Reilly Media, Inc., and Pearson Education, Inc. -- has acquired Threepress Consulting, Inc., makers of the Ibis Reader online EPUB reading system. Financial terms of the acquisition, effective Jan. 1, were not disclosed.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
I'm a digitally-savvy consumer. Increasingly, so are my parents, most of my friends, and almost all of my younger relatives, peers, and co-workers. Yet, despite our differences in age, education, and technology know-how, we all share a common trait. We're continuously victimized by less-than-optimal digital experiences -- especially when it comes to ebooks.
Posted Jan 05, 2012
If there is one thing that continues to perplex the publishing industry, it's ebook pricing. How do you structure your pricing in a way that is fair to both the reader and the author and still make enough money to continue publishing operations? Many larger publishers want to keep the ebook price structure high, especially at the beginning, to keep from cannibalizing more profitable hardcover sales.
Posted Dec 29, 2011
News aggregator Digg is using Facebook's new Open Graph to instantly share the stories its users are reading in Digg over Facebook. Stories being read through Digg will appear on news feeds and as Timeline posts. Digg also launched a Newsbar that appears at the top of Digg pages reached through Facebook.
Posted Dec 22, 2011
When you're on the internet watching videos, perusing pictures, listening to music, or reading blogs, do you ever stop to wonder exactly how that content made it from the original creator to your computer screen? After all, content doesn't just magically appear, right?Content delivery describes the process of delivering media over a medium such as the internet or broadcast channels. Content delivery also consists what form the content takes. Today, the best mode of delivery often depends on what kind of audience will be consuming the content.
Posted Dec 21, 2011
Amazon.com, Inc. and Marshall Cavendish, an educational and consumer book publishers and classroom digital solutions providers, announced that Amazon has signed a deal to acquire over 450 titles of its US Children's trade books business, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books (MCCB).
Posted Dec 06, 2011
On Wednesday morning, HBO co-president Eric Kessler told a group of industry wonks that despite the success of digital offerings like HBO GO, it plans to remain true to its cable roots.
Posted Dec 02, 2011
Whereas my personal Los Angeles community of technological early adopters tends to be driven to buy the coolest, most cutting-edge gadgets, we often forget (and I'm the most guilty here) that a huge chunk of the population is driven more by a good value. It could be a function of generation, socioeconomic status, the overall economy, or simply priorities, but while I expected to immediately put digital deals in place with my new film library, I've been forced to recognize that I must first focus on selling this audience entertainment in the way that it wants it right now. That just happens to be on the uber-traditional DVD.
Posted Dec 01, 2011
About.com announced it would provide content from its Twitter feed, homepage, and select content categories over Flipboard, the social magazine app designed specifically for iPad. Flipboard aggregates content from social networks and other publishers. The magazine-style interface will deliver hundreds of lifestyle articles to readers.
Posted Nov 30, 2011
Publishing Technology Plc. has partnered with the China National Publications Import and Export Corporation (CNPIEC) to bring the first digital publishing platform to supply content to Chinese libraries. The new site is expected to launch in China in 2012.
Posted Nov 29, 2011
Paramount Pictures announced that the three Mission: Impossible films would be available to rent from the Mission: Impossible Facebook Page. Facebook users that like the page can rent the entire collection using Facebook Credits: each rental can be purchased for 30 Facebook Credits, or $2.99.
Posted Nov 23, 2011
OverDrive announced Test Drive, a program for libraries to support demonstration and lending of eBook reading devices and tablets to patrons. The program includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend eBook readers and tablets to patrons.
Posted Nov 23, 2011
In publishing, small is the new big. An increasing number of publishers are releasing e-singles -- short works published digitally on a variety of platforms -- to generate ancillary revenue, build brand equity, and reach new audiences. Among those joining the e-singles market are Hearst, Rodale, Princeton University Press, and as recently as last week, Penguin.
Posted Nov 21, 2011
Google released Google Music, a new online music store. Google struck deals with three major music companies and allows users to buy music and upload and store up to 20,000 songs for free. Users can share music, including streaming an entire album, with their friends via Google+.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
Netflix struck a deal with MGM to stream newly-released feature films in the U.K. and Ireland upon Netflix's launch in early 2012. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal is a multiyear licensing agreement and will cover most of the first-runs for feature films from MGM and its distribution partners in the region.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
Amazon's Kindle Fire, releasing November 15th, is setting more than a little spark in the world of mobile devices. The original Kindle was a dedicated ereader but with Fire, Amazon is moving squarely into tablet territory. And it's a good thing too!
Posted Oct 27, 2011
Netflix released content from its deal with Dreamworks Animation, LLC this week, in the form of a Halloween-themed mini-series called Dreamworks Spooky Stories. According to Gigaom, Netflix acquired content from Dreamworks Animation in a deal announced last month, but the deal wasn't expected to result in new content until 2013.
Posted Oct 26, 2011