Both Samsung and LG to Announce Google TV Products in 2012

Publication: Adweek

Title: Samsung Nears Agreement on Google TV; LG to announce its own Google product in January

Article by: Emma Bazilian

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/samsung-nears-agreement-google-tv-136668

 

According to to Adweek and the WSJ, Google is expected to roll out Google TV in 2012 with two of the world’s largest TV manufacturers- Samsung and LG.

Apparently, Google is talking with Samsung to create a TV that will run Android software and have web surfing capabilities, like the Android smartphone.

While Samsung wont announce the Google TV product at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January, LG is expected to reveal its own LG Google TV at the trade show.

TV manufacturers are hoping that Google-enabled televisions will boost TV sales and Google is hoping to compete with Apple, who has already created buzz around its own smart TV.

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YouTube Announces Channel Strategy

Publication: Adweek

Title: YouTube Announces Channels: Video site will feel a little more like cable TV

Article by: D.M. Levine

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/youtube-announces-channels-136180

 

YouTube has formally announced their long-awaited channel strategy.  YouTube is expanding its channel lineup to include new offerings from a number of partners, including “well-known personalities and brands in the Hollywood, music, news, and sports worlds.”

According to Adweek:

“Under the new system, content creators—like Vice Media or the video game lifestyle network Machinima, for example—will have a dedicated channel on the site that they will control, continually updating it with video content. YouTube, for its part, will sell ads against that video inventory.”

YouTube will be organizing its site the way cable providers organize their channels.  YouTube’s global head of content partnerships Robert Kyncl explains that, “Today, the Web is bringing us entertainment from an even wider range of talented producers, and many of the defining channels of the next are being born, and watched, on YouTube.”

YouTube is hoping that they will be able to get people to spend less time watching television and more time watching content on YouTube.

CW Shows to Stream on Netflix

Publication: The New York Times

Title: Deal With Time Warner Brings The CW to Netflix

Article by: Amy Chozick

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/deal-with-time-warner-brings-the-cw-to-netflix/?ref=business

Time Warner and the CW have struck a deal with Netflix to license some television content.  More specifically, Warner Bros. Television Group and CBS Corporation signed a four-year $1 billion agreement that will allow Netflix to stream shows that air on the CW network as soon as Oct. 15.

This deal has been an about-face for Time Warner CEO Jeffrey L. Bewkes, who had initially given online-streaming services such as Netflix the cold shoulder.  However, over the course of this past year, Bewkes composed guidelines for “monetizing content” via subscription streaming services.

According to the Times:

“That strategy included not separating the rights to TV shows so that the same show could be sold into syndication on a traditional TV network and, then, at a diminished rate, to an online subscription service.”

Since the CW’s programming is targeted at the 18-34 demographic, it makes sense that they would begin looking into partnering with online streaming services, since younger audiences tend to prefer to watch TV on laptops and other mobile devices.

Conde Nast Announces New Entertainment Division

Publication: Mashable

Title: Conde Nast Makes a Foray Into Film and TV, Led by CW Founder

Article by: Lauren Indvik

http://mashable.com/2011/10/10/conde-nast-entertainment/

 

On Monday, magazine publisher Conde Nast announced that it would diving in to the film and televsion business.  Dawn Ostroff will be president of the entertainment division at Conde Nast.  Ostroff is well known for her work with the CW where she developed Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and America’s Next Top Model.

The entertainment division is still unclear about what they will set out to accomplish, however it is speculated that original programming across several media platforms is likely.
As Mashable notes:

“Entertainment is a logical next step for Conde Nast as the company looks to diversify its holdings beyond the print business. (Its licensed restaurant business is a prime example.) Besides Talley’s foray into reality TV, the company cooperated with the production of a documentary about Vogue titled The September Issue, which brought in more than $6 million in global box office sales in 2009.”

Netflix to Keep Services Together (Goodbye, Qwikster)

Publication: The New York Times

Title: Netflix, in Reversal, Will Keep Its Services Together

Article by: Brian Stelter

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/netflix-abandons-plan-to-rent-dvds-on-qwikster/?ref=media

Just a couple of months after announcing that Netflix would be splitting into two services, Netflix retracted it’s decision and revealed that the DVD-by-mail service and the online streaming service would be kept under one name and one website.

The statement from Netflix came after customers expressed discontent about the way Netflix has been handling accounts and decision-making.

Apparently, in making the decision to split the services, Netflix misinterpreted consumer needs.  According to the New York Times:

“Netflix said it never actually separated the services or started Qwikster. But the planned breakup was rooted in Mr. Hastings’ belief that DVDs and online streams have different cost structures and different consumer demographics.”

In the end, the reversal is probably for the best.  Netflix has chalked this whole incident up to moving “too fast.”  They are in the process of building up their online streaming service and inking deals with TV networks as well as production companies.

Bravo, Comcast, Verizon, HBO, and Others Coming to XBox Live

Publication: Mashable

Title: Comcast, Verizon & HBO Coming to Xbox Live

Article by: Lauren Indvik

http://mashable.com/2011/10/05/comcast-verizon-hbo-xbox-live/

 

Microsoft recently inked a deal with 40 TV and entertainment partners to provide content on Xbox Live.  Given the recent evolution of TV and media platforms, this is an exciting deal for Microsoft and it will definitely bolster its progression from game console to a more comprehensive multimedia center.

According to Mashable, the following companies have signed on:

“In the U.S., Bravo, Comcast, HBO Go, Verizon FiOS, Epix and SyFy will be joining existing partners Netflix, Hulu Plus and AT&T in offering content to Xbox Live subscribers. BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Lovefilm will come to Xbox Live in the UK; Antena 3, RTVE and Telefonica in Spain; Televisa in Mexico; DF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy.”

The catch is that the amount of content each entity will provide varies from company to company and some partners will only be available in certain countries.

 

According to the press release:

Entertainment Partners on Xbox 360 (Existing and New)

ABC iView — Australia

AlloCine — France, Germany, Spain, U.K.

Antena 3 — Spain

Astral Media’s Disney XD — Canada

AT&T** — U.S.

BBC — U.K.

blinkbox — U.K.

Bravo — U.S.

BSkyB** — U.K.

Canal+* — France, Spain

Channel 4 — U.K.

Channel 5 — U.K.

CinemaNow (Best Buy) — U.S.

Comcast — U.S.

Crackle — Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.

Dailymotion — Available in 32 markets

EPIX — U.S.

ESPN** — U.S.

Facebook** — Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets

FOXTEL** — Australia

GolTV — Spain

HBO GO — U.S.

Hulu — Japan

Hulu +** — U.S.

iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) — U.S.

Last.fm** — U.K., U.S.

LOVEFiLM — Germany, U.K.

Manga Entertainment — U.S.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports — Canada

MediaSet — Italy

MSN with MSNBC.com — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.

MUZU.TV — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.

Netflix** — Canada, U.S.

Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) — Canada

RTVE — Spain

SBS On Demand — Australia

Syfy — U.S.

Telefonica — Spain

Televisa — Mexico

“The Today Show” — U.S.

TELUS** — Canada

TMZ — U.S.

Twitter** — Available in all 35 Xbox LIVE markets

UFC — Canada, U.S.

Verizon — U.S.

VEVO — Canada, U.K., U.S.

VimpelCom** — Russia

Vodafone Portugal** — Portugal

YouTube — Available in 22 markets

ZDF — Germany

Zune** — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., U.S

* Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or other subscriptions/fees required. Kinect functionality varies by feature, provider and region.

** Denotes existing partners on Xbox LIVE available today.

Kutcher Promotes Tech Investments on “Two and a Half Men”

Publication: Mashable

Title: Ashton Kutcher Promotes His Tech Investments on “Two and a Half Men”

Article by: Ben Parr

http://mashable.com/2011/09/27/ashton-kutcher-two-men-startups/

Ashton Kutcher has been an avid investor in many social media tech startups.  He’s also one of the most influencial celebrities on Twitter.  He’s now been using his new spot on “Two and a Half Men” to give some exposure to these companies.  On the last episode of the show, he had stickers all over the cover of his laptop from companies such as Foursquare, GroupMe, Hipmunk, Chegg and Flipboard.

It’s likely that these social media startups were hoping for this sort of mainstream exposure when they made deals with Kutcher.  However, it’s been reported that CBS didn’t like him promoting these companies for free.  They’ve responded that for future episodes these stickers will be obscured.