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Aniboom, I-play in Deal for Multiplatform Animated Content
SAN FRANCISCO, May 12: Multiplatform animation network Aniboom and Oberon Media’s casual games publisher I-play have partnered to create animated serial content for distribution across mobile, online and television platforms, kicking off with Turbo Subs, a new series based on I-play’s game of the same name.
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Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo! Offer
REDMOND, May 5: This past weekend, Microsoft withdrew its proposal to acquire Yahoo!, after a $5-billion increase in purchase price failed to pique the interest of the search engine giant.
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Stage 9 Extends Reach for Squeegees
BURBANK, May 2: Stage 9 Digital Media, Disney-ABC Television Group’s recently launched new-media studio, has expanded the distribution of its debut series Squeegees, signing a host of web syndication partnerships with YouTube, Hulu, Zvue, eBaum’s World, X-Box Live and iTunes.
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New Movies Now Available on iTunes Same Day as DVD Release
CUPERTINO, May 1: Apple is offering new movie releases from major and independent Hollywood film studios, including Warner Bros. and First Look Studios, on its iTunes Store on the same day as their DVD release.
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M6 Acquires French Web Publisher
PARIS, April 30: In its bid to strengthen its online presence, French broadcaster M6 has acquired 100 percent of Cyréalis, which operates a range of websites in the country, including the tech magazine and download destination Clubic.com and the gaming information site Jeuxvideo.fr.
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Playboy Inks New Digital Alliances
NEW YORK, April 30: Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI) has reached a raft of digital distribution partnerships, including one with online video-sharing site YouTube, to launch the Playboy Audience Network, which will highlight its free and ad-supported lifestyle programming.
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BBC America Adds Titles to iTunes U.S.
NEW YORK, April 29: For the first time, selected programming from BBC America, including Little Britain, will be available for download from the iTunes Store in the U.S.
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Verizon, Vodafone to Simulcast Madonna Performance
BASKING RIDGE/NEWBURY, April 29: Verizon Wireless and Vodafone are set to deliver the first-ever live global mobile simulcast, featuring performances from Madonna’s show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
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ABC Series Now Available at CTV’s Web Portal in Canada
TORONTO, April 28: CTV has struck a deal with Disney-ABC International Television to make full-length episodes of the ABC dramas Lost, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives available for online streaming in Canada via its CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.
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FremantleMedia, Heavy.com Team for New Web Series
NEW YORK, April 28: FremantleMedia and the online male-skewing brand Heavy.com have joined forces to create LoveRace, a new interactive online series targeted at men aged 18 to 34 that will feature a mix of editorial and user-generated content to reward participants with the ultimate dream date.
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DISH, Alcatel-Lucent to Perform Joint DVB-SH Test in U.S.
ENGLEWOOD/PARIS, April 25: DISH Network will evaluate the DVB-SH (Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite services to Handhelds) mobile broadcast technology in the U.S., with the appropriate equipment, test tools and training provided by Alcatel-Lucent.
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Sony’s Minisode Network Launches on Sprint
CULVER CITY, April 24: Sony Pictures Television’s (SPT) multiplatform ad-supported offering, The Minisode Network, is now available on Sprint TV, with Honda on board as launch sponsor.
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Marvel Bolsters Global Digital Media Group
NEW YORK, April 23: Ira Rubenstein will serve as the executive VP of Marvel Entertainment’s newly launched global digital media group, and will relocate to the company’s New York headquarters.
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Grushow, Nayar Team for New Digital Studio
LOS ANGELES, April 21: Sandy Grushow, previously the chairman of FOX Television Entertainment Group, and film producer Deepak Nayar have launched Filmaka, a global digital entertainment studio and online creative community.
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Spending on Mobile Media and Services to Top $102 Billion by 2012
BOSTON, April 18: A new report from Strategy Analytics says that total spending on mobile media services by consumers and advertisers will jump from nearly $47 billion in 2007 to more than $102 billion by 2012, driven by web access, video and music products.
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comScore Reports Rise in Online Video Usage
RESTON, April 17: New data from comScore reveals that more than 10 billion videos were viewed online in the U.S. in February, a 3-percent gain on the figures in January and a significant 66-percent rise since the year-ago period.
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SPTI Announces New Multiplatform Properties
CULVER CITY, April 17: Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) is working with Electric Farm Entertainment, led by Stan Rogow of Lizzie McGuire fame, to develop two new cross-platform properties that have been picked up by NBC Universal Digital Studio to air on NBC.com later this year.
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BET Networks to Offer Content on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE
NEW YORK, April 16: BET Networks will make a selection of its full-length television programming available for download on Xbox LIVE, Microsoft’s online games and entertainment network.
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HD Online TV Provider Scores Financing
AMERICAN FORK, April 15: Utah-based Move Networks, a provider of high-definition online television services, has received $46 million in a Series C funding round that includes Comcast and Televisa, among other investors.
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Youssou N’Dour, i-concerts Team Up to Create Live Portal
GENEVA, April 15: Swiss-based i-concerts has secured an agreement with African musician Youssou N’Dour to launch i-concerts Africa, a live portal slated to launch in the end of 2008.
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Jaman.com, BBC Worldwide America in Online Distribution Deal
SAN MATEO, April 14: Movie portal Jaman.com has acquired a selection of films from BBC Worldwide America for online distribution, including Face to Face with Sir Ian McKellen, featuring an in-depth interview with the award-winning Oscar-nominated actor.
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Samsung to Pre-Load CNN Mobile Application on Handsets
ATLANTA, April 11: CNN International and Samsung Electronics have inked a deal to offer CNN’s new mobile application as pre-loaded software on the electronics manufacturer’s handsets, beginning in June.
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News Corp. Eyes Yahoo! Bid with Microsoft
NEW YORK, April 10: News Corporation is said to be in talks with Microsoft about teaming for the Yahoo! buyout bid, the New York Times reported today.
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FIC Ad Network Takes Stake in Online Video Platform
LOS ANGELES, April 9: Fox International Channels’ ad network, .FOX Networks, has bought a majority stake in utarget, which owns the U.K.’s leading premium video advertising network of 630-plus websites.
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Brightcove Announces Slew of Online Distribution Partnerships
CANNES, April 8: The Internet TV platform Brightcove has secured several distribution partnerships to syndicate content on Bebo, Meebo, RockYou, Slide and Veoh.
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ESPN Launches Short-Form Content on AOL Video
NEW YORK/DULLES, April 8: ESPN is making short-form online video content from ESPN.com accessible through AOL Video and AOL Sports, marking the first time the network has offered its video content through an Internet portal.
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Microsoft Gives Yahoo! Deadline on Buyout Offer
REDMOND, April 6: Microsoft has given Yahoo! a deadline of April 26 to reach a deal over its buyout offer, warning that if an agreement is not clinched it will launch a hostile takeover with a lower purchase price.
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YouTube, Rolling Stones Team for New Program
SAN BRUNO, April 6: The Rolling Stones have partnered with YouTube for the debut of Living Legends, a program that invites various global luminaries to speak openly with the online community.
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MTVN Delivers Record Growth in Mobile Video Streams
NEW YORK, April 2: MTV Networks (MTVN) has streamed more than 57 million mobile videos across all its brands and carriers between February 2007-2008, representing a 94-percent gain on the prior year.
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Babelgum Rolls Out Wedding TV Channel
LONDON, April 2: Internet television platform Babelgum has launched a Wedding TV-branded channel, featuring more than 70 hours of programming from the female-targeted lifestyle network.
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WorldScreenings.com Delivers Almost 32,000 Streams
NEW YORK, April 1: WorldScreenings.com, the leading video portal for the entertainment industry, has delivered 31,809 streams since its September 2007 launch, with 15,351 player loads and more than 10,000 unique visitors.
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Fox Debuts New Mobile Internet Portal
LAS VEGAS, April 1: Fox Mobile Entertainment has launched the Fox Entertainment Mobile Network, a mobile web portal that features a variety of content from networks like FOX, FX, SPEED, National Geographic Channel and Fox Reality Channel.
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Verizon Wireless in Bollywood Deal
BASKING RIDGE/NEW YORK, April 1: Verizon Wireless has inked a deal with Saavn, a digital distributor of South Asian content, to launch a Bollywood channel on the V CAST Video mobile service.
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Sony Launches Film Service for Mobiles
CULVER CITY, March 31: Sony Pictures Television has announced the launch of PIX, a film service for mobile phones that will launch to AT&T; subscribers this May.
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Peter Safran, Microsoft in Xbox Deal
LOS ANGELES, March 31: Microsoft has inked a deal for the Hollywood producer Peter Safran to develop original short-form content for distribution through the Xbox 360 gaming platform.
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MTV Networks Unveils Free Mobile Video Initiative
NEW YORK/SUNNYVALE, March 31: MTV Networks is partnering with the mobile video destination mywaves to deliver free, ad-supported content from VH1 and Spike TV, among other brands, to cell phones.
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Six SPT Short-Form Series Launch on Online Comedy Network
CULVER CITY, March 31: Six short-form comedy series distributed by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) are launching on C-Spot, a new ad-supported multiplatform comedy channel.
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MTV Tr3s Now Offered on Verizon’s V CAST Mobile TV
BASKING RIDGE/NEW YORK, March 28: MTV's bilingual channel, MTV Tr3s, is now available on Verizon Wireless’s V CAST Mobile TV platform.
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