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MIP 2005 Day 1

MIPTV
The show has just started and the buzz is extraordinary.  MIP is a combination of programming and technology from around the world.  It’s interesting that the show bills itself as “The world’s audiovisual and digital content market.”  There are not many people here who know that they are in the content business.   To a Continue Reading →

Pam Anderson’s Blog???

Pam Anderson
Mike Shields writes for MediaWeek:   Fox is hoping that Pamela Anderson’s blog will drive viewers to her new star-vehicle, Stacked. Fox is promoting Stacked, which premieres on Wednesday April 13, through Friendster Blogs, a free weblogging service hosted by popular social-networking site Friendster. Along with Anderson, thirty members of Stacked’s cast and crew have Continue Reading →
AOL
As my favorite ancient Chinese author once said, “Know thine customer as thyself.” OK, Sun Tsu really didn’t say that, he was talking about his enemy and the art of war. But if he worked in the advanced media business today, he would be scratching his head about AOL’s new VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Continue Reading →
E! Entertainment
There’s a fascinating article on medialifemagazine.com about E! Entertainment television and how its audience is in a ratings free-fall.  It is interesting reading and Keven Downey’s assessment of their problems is thoughtful.  However, the article is actually pointing a large, bold arrow at a paradigm shift more than describing E!’s problem.   E! informs, enlightens Continue Reading →

Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings
Every once in a while you get an email that needs no explanation or commentary:   From: Peter Jennings To: ABC News Staffers Dear All – Forgive me the group mailing – but it seems the easiest way to tell a lot of people I care for ….. about a change in my life. I Continue Reading →

Justice For Grokster

Grokster
According to people who are in the know, the Supreme Court may be thinking about sending the Grokster case back a lower court as opposed to rendering a decision on the legality of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks in general.  If that occurs, Grokster’s business model will go on trial instead of the much larger issue of Continue Reading →
Fabolous
LONDON (Reuters) – The new CD single “Baby” from rapper Fabolous allows UK consumers to choose which part of the song they want to use as a mobile phone ringtone, a feature that Warner Music said on Thursday was a first for the industry. Until now, the 30-second ringtone clips packaged with singles have been Continue Reading →

Toshiba All Charged Up!

Toshiba
How would your life change if you could recharge any battery operated device to 80% capacity in one minute?  More importantly, for Advanced Media-types, how would your business change if consumers could watch hours of personal video or listen to days of music and not have to worry about running out of juice? We’re going Continue Reading →
Music
  Jonathan Bokor of ABC Enhanced TV sent in this item which confirms, among other things, that Bokor’s crystal ball is working perfectly.  He predicted this particular probable future … looks like he was right! Washington — While the percentage of Internet music downloaders who said they used peer-to-peer file-sharing systems has declined to 21%, Continue Reading →
Netflix
According to Yahoo News:   Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service, today announced that it has surpassed three million subscribers, as U.S. consumers continue to respond enthusiastically to the company’s offering. Netflix entered 2005 with 2.6 million members. Since introducing online subscription DVD rental in 1999, the company has generated annual subscriber growth Continue Reading →

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