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Industries Mutate To Survive The iPad Effect – Book Prices Revealed, More…

Movements continue across multiple industries in readiness for actual introduction of Apple’s potentially magical iPad continues, as parties on all sides attempt to put themselves into the right strategic positions for the anticipated industry disruption.

Some are just sitting it out, at least for a while. The world’s largest publisher, Random House, seems likely to keep its titles outside of Apple’s iBookstore when iPad launches next month.

The publisher’s big five rivals – Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper-Collins and Penguin – are understood to have signed up. Random House is concerned Apple’s pricing regime could erode established industry practice. Continue reading

Boxee team release Apple TV upgrade, more

We’ve been writing a lot recently about Boxee, who develop a powerful media centre application for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and the Apple TV.

For Apple TV users, of course, the big news is that after an extensive push by the hard-working developers behind the project, the new version of the software that’s compatible with the recently-software-updated Apple TV 2.3 is available now.

Seems not only media-junkies have been paying attention. Boxee recently revealed a $4 million investment from Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures which will see Bijan Sabet from Spark and Fred Wilson from Union Square join the Boxee board.
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All four major US networks go HD on iTunes

Apple today announced that all four major US broadcasting networks are offering shows in high definition for sale through iTunes.

Shows, including the likes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost” from ABC, “CSI” and “CSI: Miami” from CBS, “Bones” and “Prison Break” airing on FOX, and “Heroes” and “The Office” from NBC Universal are available now.

The iTunes Store has so far sold over 200 million TV episodes sold, including more than one million HD episodes purchased since the launch of HD programming on iTunes last month. Continue reading

CBS opens up for iPhone journalism

CBS Mobile has made its EyeMobile iPhone application for citizen journalists available through Apple’s App Store.

The trend toward citizen journalism has its detractors, though at its roots the right to free speech in the US comes from the actions of individual non-professional writers whose efforts with pamphlets and books helped create independence for the US.

EyeMobile allows users to upload images of current events from their iPhone to CBS’ mobile journalism website. Moconews observes that popular recent items include hurricane footage and pictures snapped at political events. “The application represents the first major effort from any of the TV networks since the app store launched,” it says.
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CBS shows for FaceBook, Bebo, more…

CBS Interactive has tied an intriguing deal with iWidgets, under which US viewers will be able to populate their Facebook and MySpace pages with their favourite CBS shows, among other features.

The two firms will demonstrate their future-focused social broadcast offering tomorrow at the DEMO conference in San Diego.

The iWidgets Social Syndication Platform will enable users to watch full episodes of television programming directly within popular social networks, and to socially engage others with engaging such features as sharing, polls, ratings, and contests.
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CBS streams ‘Dynasty’ free online

CBS has released three more of its classic TV shows through its US-only CBS Audience Network.  The new shows include Dynasty, Beauty and the Beast and Have Gun – Will Travel. They join TV classics like the Love Boat, Twin Peaks, Perry Mason and Hawaii Five-O on the networks’s own online video service.
“We relish the opportunity to make these classic shows available to existing fans and to recruit new fans,” said CBS SVP, Joe Ferreira. “Fans can now check out Heather Locklear early in her career as Sammy Jo on Dynasty; see Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman in Beauty and the Beast before their movie careers took off; follow the adventures of Paladin in the classic American Western series Have Gun – Will Travel.  These are great series to add to our ever-growing library of online classics.”
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CBS: online TV is tonic for broadcasters

CBS Interactive today released preliminary results of an intensive wide study on the impact of its online video streaming on its TV audience.
The ongoing study among 50,000 viewers of content through the broadcaster’s CBS Audience Network was conducted by Magid Media – and the findings should interest any broadcaster experimenting with online strategy:

– CBS’s video streaming of full-episodes attracts a younger audience;
– Online viewers are incremental to broadcast viewers;
– Online video streaming is a net positive for CBS because it drives Web viewers to television.
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