Media & Entertainment

MediaBytes 08.02.2007

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GOOGLE is reportedly courting wireless operators to carry handsets customized for Google products. The search leader has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the cellphone project and developed prototype phones. The phones are said to feature all Google mobile applications and a sophisticated new web browser. The company is not seeking an exclusive provider, […]

MediaBytes 07.30.2007

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CW is preparing to launch its new “cwickie” ad format. On August 10th, during “Friday Night Smackdown,” ELECTRONIC ARTS will lead off three pods with a 10-second cwickie. In addition, EA will run a 60-second isolated spot near the start of the program, and a 90-second isolated spot near the end. All ads will lead […]

MediaBytes 07.18.2007

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REVVER will begin testing a new ad model. The site currently offers a clickable billboard at the end of videos. However, this month it will experiment with pre- and post-roll video ads for the first time. As with the billboard model, content creators will share ad revenue 50/50 with Revver. CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS has revamped the […]

MediaBytes 07.11.2007

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FCC CHAIRMAN KEVIN MARTIN is proposing open access requirements for a 22 MHz block of the 700 MHz spectrum. In an interview on Tuesday, Martin pushed for a “truly open broadband network” available to any device and any application. He said that the current standard of bundling cellphone service with specific devices hinders innovation and […]

MediaBytes 07.06.07

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MICROSOFT has unveiled LiveStation, a peer-to-peer television broadcasting application. Built on the Silverlight platform, LiveStation will offer a major feature that Joost currently lacks: live TV. Microsoft is testing the application now, and a final version is due this October. NBC may stop creating original programming for Friday evenings, according to co-chairman Marc Graboff. In […]