Wal-Mart – Warner Music – MTV Networks – Nielsen – Golden Globes – MediaBytes 12.28.2007


WAL-MART has shutdown its video download service less than one year after launching. This marks Wal-Mart’s second failure in new distribution paradigms for video. The retailing giant canceled its online DVD rental service two years ago. WARNER MUSIC will join the march away from DRM by offering its tracks protection-free on Amazon’s MP3 download service. […]

NFL Network – Apple – Deloitte – Sony – Verizon – MediaBytes 12.27.2007


THE NFL will allow NBC and CBS to simulcast Saturday night’s Patriots/Giants game. This will be the first tri-network simulcast since Super Bowl I. NBC and CBS will carry the NFL Network feed of the game, featuring announcers Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said “We have taken this extraordinary step because […]

News Corp – Apple – O2 – Kmart – Visible World – Microsoft – Queen Elizabeth – MediaBytes 12.26.2007


NEWS CORP. will sell 8 owned-and-operated FOX stations to private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners for $1.1 billion. The deal includes stations in a mix of large and mid-sized markets including Cleveland, Denver and Milwaukee. After the sale, News Corp. will be left with 27 O&O’s. Oak Hill recently bought nine other mid-sized stations […]

FTC – Google – DoubleClick – AOL – Quigo – Daily Show – MediaBytes 12.21.2007


THE FTC has approved GOOGLE‘s $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, but the deal still requires acceptance by the European Commission. In conjunction with its decision the FTC released a set of guidelines for the burgeoning online ad industry, recommending greater consumer control over privacy and online tracking. Privacy issues have been a major concern surrounding […]

People Hate DRM

Dorian Benkoil – DRM Neuros(is)


Neuros, which brought us the OSD machine that’s supposed to make it easy to record any digital media, then play it on any device, has released their new “Unlocked” standard they hope will catch fire.   Customers disagree about how good the OSD is, and how easy to use (which probably means it’s a techie […]