Archive for September, 2011

Tokyo: An uphill struggle

September 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Fest Traveler: Tokyo Intl. Film Festival -- Always striving for respect, Japan gathering refocuses post-tsunami.

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Help for Watching TV

September 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

For television programmers, one screen is no longer enough. The biggest broadcast and cable-television channels are racing to launch tablet apps linked to their broadcasts and used simultaneously with the TV shows. The hope is that viewers will tune in live and interact. The offerings include apps from NBCUniversal’s Bravo and News Corp.’s Fox that present material such as photos, quotes, polls or background about particular scenes as a show plays. Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. have apps that display updates about shows from Twitter or Facebook in real time. USA Network’s TV comedy-mystery series “Psych” has an app that asks users to enter keywords that flash during the show’s graphics to unlock content like behind-the-scenes footage and games

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Information Diet: Cheryl Hines

September 30, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I definitely look at my emails and texts before I do anything. What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table? I usually don’t have time to watch anything if I’m working. But if I can, I’ll watch the Today show or read The New York Times . What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus? It’s a good time to catch up with my family on the phone—hands-free, of course! And I just got satellite radio so I can listen to The Stephanie Miller Show . Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet? I’m on a pretty restricted diet. It seems like it would be magical to sit around and eat Doritos and watch TV all day. But I don’t have time, so I have to pick and choose. If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet? I like Mad Men , The Good Wife , Modern Family , and Hung on HBO. And then sometimes—and I really shouldn’t admit to this—I watch Dancing With the Stars . I usually end up weeping because they’re trying so hard, and I just think it’s sweet. And now Ricki Lake is going to be on. I play poker with her sometimes, so I’m dying to see her take that thing. Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?

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J.P. Morgan on Kindle Fire: Meh.

September 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Amazon won’t be getting any accocolades for its new Fire tablet from J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz. Despite widespread enthusiasm for the device on Wall Street, Moskowitz is decidedly unimpressed. In his view, the Fire isn’t going to suddenly transform Amazon into the no. 2 tablet maker behind Apple, despite its disruptive pricing. “We are not impressed with Kindle Fire,” Moskowitz said in a research note to clients. “In our view, [it] is a stepping stone, at best, into the tablet market. We think that for any vendor to wrestle momentum from Apple, a fully-loaded offering is a must, and here, Kindle Fire falls short for now.” In other words, raised on the iPad, the market has come to expect the feature-rich experience it offers. For a potential rival to offer them anything less is to let them down — even at that friendly $199 price-point, which, by the way, is indicative of just how low-frills the Fire is. Moskowitz again: “In our view, Kindle Fire’s low price point speaks to how there is much lacking in the device. At $199, we argue that the price point is not going to afford most users a tablet-experience, which is a problem if Amazon wants to become a major tablet vendor.” Of course, the Fire is Amazon’s first take on the device and allegedly a bit of a rush job . There will undoubtedly be a second. Question is, will it be a souped-up 10-inch tablet intended to go head-to-head with the iPad or will it’s design hew to that of the current Fire and be consistent to that second approach to the tablet market that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discussed earlier this week.

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Twitter Gauges Emotional State of The World (Business Insider)

Twitter Emotions
September 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Twitter is often derided as a way for people to babble "tweets" about what they had for breakfast and other trivialities of daily life.

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The Past and Future Evolution of Famous Brand Logos (AdWeek)

Search Logos
September 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Alright, logo pigs—shuffle up to the trough for your latest meal. StockLogos.com looks at the evolution of famous corporate logos.

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Web Series Viewers Still Crave Their Prime-time TV Fix: Study (AdAge)

Digital Shift
September 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The perception that online video is cannibalizing television viewership seems to be just that: a perception. At least during prime-time hours.

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TV Deathwatch: Could NBC’s ‘Free Agents,’ ‘The Playboy Club’ Be Fall’s First Casualties?

September 29, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A mere two weeks into the fall TV season and it appears that NBC may have two dead series on its hands. According to final Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, NBC’s new Wednesday night sitcom Free Agents is at death’s door, drawing a feeble 3.07 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating/3 share in the adults 18-49 demo.

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Site Strategy: The Art Of Seductive Landing Pages (SearchEngineLand)

Site Strategy: The Art Of Seductive Landing Pages (SearchEngineLand)

Vision
September 29, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

You can promote great content, meet core search engine requirements, and be a little seductive at the same time.

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Kindle Fire And The Tricky Business Of Chasing Scoops (RealDanLyons)

Kindle Fire
September 29, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Come on, let’s face facts, controversial content drives page views, and page views are what modern journalism is all about.

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