Thursday, March 30, 2006


Suggests Ignoring Boomers is Billion-Dollar Mistake

NEW YORK ( -- The Nielsen Media Research demos that media buyers and marketers use to bet billions of TV dollars aren’t in line with market forces, well-known demographer Ken Dychtwald media buyers.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

House Bill Would Facilitate Internet Video Services from Verizon, AT&T (Digital Media Wire)

Washington - A bill introduced by U.S. House Republicans would make it easier for telecom providers like Verizon and AT&T to provide Internet-based digital TV services, Reuters reported. The bill would let these companies obtain a national license, while allowing local governments to collect up to 5% of gross revenue; recently, Verizon has been negotiating agreements with individual cities and counties to launch its FiOS TV service. "With new competitors preparing to enter the ongoing race between cable and satellite, the law needs to change," said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). Along with Barton, sponsors of the bill included Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.). The bill is scheduled for a Committee hearing on Thursday, although some consumer advocates oppose the legislation. "The provisions will not stop the cable and telephone companies from degrading Internet traffic, and they do not contain strong enough penalties to discourage misbehavior," Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn told Reuters. (Reuters)

Report: Online Music Sales to Offset Physical Sales Decline in Europe (From Digital Media Wire)

Amsterdam - Sales of physical music formats (CD, DVD) in Europe are projected to fall 30% over the next five years, but online music sales will grow to represent a third of the overall market and make up for this loss, according to a report from market research firm Forrester. While total European music sales are forecasted to grow from $11.41 billion in 2006 to just $13.21 billion in 2011, online sales in the region will skyrocket from $335.2 million this year to $4.7 billion during the same period, Forrester said.,7211,38733,00.html (Reuters)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Cablevision Plans New Headend DVR

Cablevision Plans New Headend DVR
By John M. Higgins
In a move that could provoke a copyright dispute with programmers, Cablevision Systems plans to roll out a digital video recording (DVR) system that stores a TV show at its central headend rather than in a hard drive in subscribers' homes.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Google's Print Auction Fizzles

Google's recent auctioning of advertising space in consumer magazines met with a tepid response. One advertiser wound up paying 93% less than the rate card for space in Martha Stewart Living. The results may indicate that Google's advertisers are used to high-return search campaigns.

Viacom Starts Playing With Video Mashups

Viacom's Web site for its new teen channel The N lets users create mashups of clips from the shows on the network. When fans send an e-mail of their video clip to friends, an advertisement is inserted in front of the mashup. Also: Mashups are "cute but don't add value," says one VC.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Report: U.S. Broadband Users Spending More Time Online

New York - As more and more Americans switch to broadband connections, the amount of time they are spending online also continues to rise, according to a new report from Nielsen//NetRatings. The firm said that since February 2003, the average PC time per person among active Internet users has increased by about five hours a month, from 25.5 hours to 30.5 hours. During that same period, the number of U.S. broadband users has more than doubled. Jon Gibs, the senior director of media for Nielsen//NetRatings, credited the increase in time spent online to "broadband users' greater satisfaction with their online experience."


France Seeking to Open iTunes to Other Devices

Paris - According to Reuters, France is on the verge of passing a new law that would force Apple Computer to allow consumers using its iTunes online music store to download songs to devices other than iPods. The law, on which Parliament will vote later this week, would essentially allow consumers to use software that converts digital content into any format, thereby allowing users to crack digital rights management codes legally. "It will force some proprietary systems to be opened up," Christian Vanneste, a senior parliamentarian, told Reuters. "You have to be able to download content and play it on any device." So far, Apple has declined to comment on the report.

Bruce's Comment: The WSJ ran this article last weekend. They claimed Apple said they would disconnect iTunes in France if such a law were passed. My view: merchants ought to be free to distribute their wares in whatever format they want. The market will make clear what's acceptable and popular. The French need to learn the difference between democracy and capitalism.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Brits Shun TV for Web

The average U.K. Internet user spends 164 minutes online every day, but watches television for only 148 minutes per day, according to research from Google. Last year U.S. consumers were found to spend 14 hours per week on both the Internet and TV.,39024667,39157048,00.htm

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Free TV sets up a zeitgeist of guiltless TV pirating

TV May Be Free but Not That Free

Television shows represent the fastest-growing type of files downloaded online. Almost anyone can get high-quality bootlegs of shows like "Desperate Housewives" -- minus the commercials. Says Fox Digital Media head Peter Levinsohn: "It's a serious problem.",1,3470326.story