Stories for May. 9, 2012

Morning Lowdown
photo: Corbis / Patricia Curi

Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Twitter: We’re still the free-speech wing of the free-speech party (GigaOM) … Demand Media raises outlook on first-quarter revenue beat (Reuters) … Read more »

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Stories for May. 8, 2012

Mickey-Mouse-Avenger

Outside its Burbank headquarters, consumers may be cutting cords, eschewing theatrical release windows and sharing pretty much everything. But Disney on Tuesday was celebrating traditional media models such as ESPN carriage fees, Disneyland admissions and Avengers box office revenues while reporting 21 percent profit growth. Read more »

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DirecTV continued to reap the benefits of Latin American expansion in Q1, increasing revenue in the region by 33 percent while providing a role model for other subscription-based media companies like Netflix who are also endeavoring the expense of southern infiltration. Still, investors remain unimpressed. Read more »

French flag
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Content owners have been hoping that France’s controversial HADOPI scheme for disconnecting file-sharers might provide a model for the rest of the world. Now, the fate of the plan is in confusion after last week’s election that brought Socialist Francois Hollande to power. Read more »

WatchESPN on Xfinity Screenshot
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Five months after it was announced, Comcast’s Xfinity TV subs finally have access to a key part of the TV Everywhere promise — WatchESPN, the ESPN gateway to live streaming sports and news. It’s iOS only for now, but Android is “coming soon.” Read more »

Stories for May. 7, 2012

Netflix.fallingman

Speaking to investors during Dish Network’s Q1 conference call Monday, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen said the reason his company hasn’t reached a carriage renewal agreement with AMC stems from the fact that the cable programmer has “devalued” its content through its streaming deals. Read more »

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The once dying Blockbuster brand generated a profit of nearly $14 million in the first quarter for its new corporate parent, Dish Network, flourishing as a combination streaming/physical movie rental service. Still, Dish plans to close 100 more brick-and-mortar Blockbuster stores in Q2. Read more »

ProQuest Udini research
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Online research database ProQuest’s usual customers are libraries and other large institutions that can afford to pay a lot for access. ProQuest’s new cloud-based tool, Udini, aims to make Internet research easy and affordable for everyday people — and builds in some Evernote and Instapaper-inspired features. Read more »

Airplane Sunset
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A new deal between independent e-bookstore Diesel eBooks and rewards points company Koinz Media lets people redeem their bank and hotel rewards points and airline miles for e-books. But Kindle e-reader owners won’t benefit. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
photo: Corbis / Patricia Curi

Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man (Henry Blodget, New York) …
The Campus Tsunami (David Brooks, New York Times) .. Read more »

Stories for May. 6, 2012

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Cable and broadband business veteran Lou Borrelli will head marketing for a start-up trying to make good on the promise of TV Everywhere. NimbleTV wants to make multi-channel subscribers pay a fee on top of what they’re already shelling out to stream their video anywhere. Read more »

Hip-hop icon Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys passed on Friday, leaving a legacy of advocacy and great music. The albums of Yauch and his band taught suburban kids about malt liquor and dust, but were also a wizardly pastiche of music and culture — from Sly & the Family Stone to Mr. Ed to Alfred E. Neuman. Read more »

Stories for May. 5, 2012
Stories for May. 4, 2012

Cord cutting / cutting the cord
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Belying several earlier research studies, which said growth of U.S. multi-channel subscriptions has slowed significantly but not stopped, Nielsen’s latest “Cross-Platform Report” says the number of U.S. homes paying a multi-channel provider for TV services last year actually declined by 1.5 million, or about 1.5 percent. Read more »

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